Tech Tip of the Week: Update your Browser’s Extensions

Extensions are added to web browsers to allow them to show you content like movies. You may not realize that you’ve added any, but chances are you have some installed. Keep them updated to keep your computer safe.

Out of date extensions are a security risk, and unfortunately it’s not always obvious how to update them. You should check at least a couple of times a year to see if your extensions are updated. Here’s what to do in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.

FirefoxFirefox

 

  1. Start up Firefox and choose Tools→Add-ons.
  2. Click on “Plugins” on the left.
  3. At the top of the list of plugins, click on the link that says “Check to see if your plugins are up to date.”
  4. Firefox will go to a page with links to click on if you need updates. Click on each one that is marked as out of date, and install the new ones.
  5. Close the tab to finish.

ChromeChrome
Chrome actually automatically checks for updates to extensions, but on its own schedule. If you want to update manually it’s a little bit hidden:

  1. Start up Chrome and choose Window→Extensions.
  2. Click on “Extensions” on the left.
  3. At the top-right of the list of plugins, check the box that says “Developer Mode.”
  4. Right under that button, click on “Update extensions now.”
  5. Close the tab and you’re done.

SafariSafari
Safari can also automatically check for updates to extensions, but that option has to be turned on.

  1. Start up Safari and choose Safari →Preferences.
  2. To force updates manually, click on the “Updates” button at the bottom of the extensions list.
  3. At the top-right of the list of plugins, check the box that says “Developer Mode.”
  4. Right under that button, click on “Update extensions now.”
  5. If there are updates to install they will be listed on the left.
  6. To enable automatic extension updates, check the box that says, “Install Updates Automatically.
  7. Close the Preferences window and you’re all set.
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16. May 2013 by Applications and Web Services
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