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Local Government Tech: Time to Update Your Web Browser?

Cartegraph spends a lot of time thinking about the needs of our users. This thinking spans from our products to our website, where we use the most up-to-date technology available to make it intuitive, responsive, and easy for visitors to use.

Unfortunately, for all the thought put into our website experience, some common browsers can’t deliver it as intended due to technical constraints. And it’s not just cartegraph.com. Many of the websites you visit every day are designed and built to perform optimally on a more current, robust browser. Long story short, to get the full benefit and experience of today's websites, you’re going to need to update your browser.  

THE PROBLEM WITH OUTDATED BROWSERS

Many people simply use the browser that came standard with their computers — Internet Explorer on Windows-based computers, Safari on Apple machines. We all receive the occasional reminder to update our browsers. But, in a busy work environment there just never seems to be a good time to do it.

Problem is, with each ignored update, your browser grows older, runs slower, and becomes less stable, leading to:

  • Unreliable security
  • More frequent crashing and freezing
  • Higher risk of data loss
  • Longer page and program loading times
  • Higher susceptibility to viruses and malware
  • Un-displayable web pages and images

In 2012, Google stopped supporting versions of Internet Explorer (IE) earlier than version 9, forcing more than 20 percent of all internet explorers (pun intended) to choose between their Gmail, Google Calendars, and Google Docs, or the familiarity and comfort of IE 8. By 2013, IE 8 usage had dropped by 50 percent. I guess the choice was pretty simple.

In 2014, Microsoft pulled support for Windows XP and announced its plan to cease supporting IE 8 as of 2016. Though IE 11 includes a compatibility mode that emulates the IE 8 experience, the company’s message to its users is clear: use an updated browser!

THE BENEFITS OF UPDATING 

As browsers evolve, you may have to as well. But, the tech industry is making that evolution easy. Modern browsers such as Chrome, Edge, and Internet Explorer 11 have built-in automatic updates—meaning as technology evolves, your browser will keep-up with little to no effort on your part.

Now that you’ve learned a bit about browsers and why staying behind can be risky, hopefully, you’re ready to make the change. If you’re still nervous about the transition, you might consider contacting your IT department. They usually have plenty of experience with evolving technologies, and can help you install and ease into a new browsing solution. 

WONDERING ABOUT YOUR CURRENT BROWSER?

Find out what browser you’re currently using and learn more about your browser options. Click here.  

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