Dear valued clients.
We are always striving to keep our software up to date with the latest technologies. In an effort to accomplish this we would like to advise you, the client, on the importance of keeping your web browser updated.
Please see the below articles on why it is important to keep your web browser up to date. Not only do browser updates enhance your browsing experience, updates also provide a number of security features, often unseen to the user.
The following is an article from Domain Monster Editorials on why it is important to keep your web browser updated.
“Keeping your web browser up to date may seem like an unnecessary chore, but even minor updates can make a considerable difference to all sorts of factors of your browser experience.
However, updating your browser is very important, because all sorts of little fixes can be included in updates, many of which are behind-the-scenes.
The most important reason to keep your browser up-to-date is for your own safety and security, and that of your computer. There are many different sorts of security threats that you can be subject to when you're browsing the web: identity theft, phishing sites, viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, and other sorts of malware. Many browser updates will be issued to combat just these problems.
If you are using Internet Explorer, or are running any browser on a Windows operating system, these updates are particularly important. Windows and Internet Explorer have more vulnerabilities than many other operating systems and browsers, and are a particular target of hackers and virus writers because of their ubiquity, as well as because a lot of people just don't like Microsoft.
Another reason to keep your browser up-to-date is that you won't necessarily be getting the best browsing experience otherwise. You won't always know when you see a web page that isn't displaying properly – a well-designed site degrades gracefully so that you don't suffer unnecessarily with an old browser – but for the most up-to-date functions and features, you will need to update your browser regularly.
A related point is that you should also upgrade your plug-ins wherever possible. If you're a Firefox user, your browser will remind you to update your add-ons whenever new versions become available. Internet Explorer can be less helpful, so it's often up to you to make sure that everything is up-to-the-minute. Media plug-ins such as Flash and DivX will prompt you to upgrade when you come across their applets, so these are usually less of a problem.
Finally, keeping an up-to-date browser is the best way of encouraging improvement and innovation in web design. If no one takes up Mozilla or Opera on their offer of a new feature or additional support for particular elements, no one will want to use those features in their websites.”
HourDoc.com uses what is called JAVA/JAVA Script, the following tells us why keeping your browser version of JAVA updated is important.
What is Java technology and why do I need it?
Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. There are lots of applications and websites that will not work unless you have Java installed, and more are created every day. Java is fast, secure, and reliable. From laptops to data centers, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere!
Why should I upgrade to the latest Java version?
The latest Java version contains important enhancements to improve performance, stability and security of the Java applications that run on your machine. Installing this free update will ensure that your Java applications continue to run safely and efficiently.
The following is market related stats on most popular Browsers and Browser with the most vulnerabilities.
2013 was a year of relative stability in the browser world. The biggest disruption was Opera switching rendering engines but that had little impact on usage. The five main vendors continued to release good-quality browsers. It rarely matters which your users choose.
The following table shows browser usage movements during the past month.
The tables show market share estimates for desktop browsers. The ‘change’ column is the absolute increase or decrease in market share. The ‘relative’ column indicates the proportional change, i.e. 50.5% of IE10 users switched browsers last month. This was caused due to an un-secure browser containing a lot flaws.
Internet Explorer’s gains in August and September have been wiped out by a terrible November and December. The holiday season may be partly to blame since IE has heavier business usage but the browser lost almost a quarter of its users during 2013. It’s not all bad news for Microsoft: IE11 more than trebled its market share, however, it couldn't overcome losses made by previous versions. IE6 actually increased a little to overtake IE7. There’s no cause for concern — neither browser has significant usage figures.
IE’s 4% drop in December resulted in gains for all the other vendors. Unsurprisingly, Chrome took the largest share with an impressive 2% jump. Perhaps Google is too powerful but one in five web users migrated to their browser in 2013.
The following was a test done by Sauce Labs
Sauce Labs, an Internet software testing and development company, specializes in automated testing for mobile and Web applications by delivering a test environment that accommodates over 150 browsers, operating systems, and device platforms. In the course of all that testing they've gotten to know which ones break the most and which ones break the least. Now, for the second time, Sauce is revealing which browsers can stand the test of the Web and which ones buckle under the strain
Sauce has kept records of every Web browser failure for all the tests that ever ran on their service—all 50 million of them. For the purposes of the report Sauce only analyzed browser versions for which the company had at least 1,000 jobs in the last two years. This means that the most recent versions of some browsers aren't represented in the report.
While IE 7 has an error rate of .29 percent, the latest version, IE 10, has "an impressive 0.05 percent error rate." Sauce has found that Microsoft has gotten much better at "squashing their historically error rates."
The best browser, in terms of the fewest number of defects, is Firefox 22—followed by Chrome 27, IE10, Opera 12, and Safari 6. According to Sauce, "Most versions of Chrome have error rates low enough that they didn't show up on the graph. Neither do later versions of Firefox. That means that Chrome and Firefox are solid in terms of performance. For the tech savvy that isn't too surprisingly."
By ending off this article from a graph from stat counter:
Top 9 browsers from Mar 2013 to Mar 2014-04-09