How to update your internet browser
The new IDS website has been designed using the latest web technology. To ensure you get the most from this website we recommend that you upgrade to the latest browser.
The browser you use could be missing important updates or you have a version that is no longer supported that can also affect using other websites. Other benefits of upgrading are for increased download and browsing speed as well as essential added security from the new technology.
For example, the new homepage of the IDS website highlights this issue within older browsers where the central content displays incorrectly and looks broken. If you experience this then it is highly likely that your browser requires upgrading.
What’s an internet browser?
When you use the Internet, you view websites in a 'browser'. A browser is a computer program that accesses and displays files and other data available on the Internet and other networks. The two most commonly used browsers are Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Browser programs are frequently updated to add functionality and address problems. If you are using an older version, you may not be seeing websites the way they are meant to be displayed, and there could also be security issues (e.g., someone could hack into your computer). To check what version you currently have on your computer, open the browser program, go to the toolbar up top, click on 'Help', and then click on 'About [the name of the program]'. It is a good idea to periodically update your browser, as long as you have enough space on your computer.
Another method of checking your browser’s status by visiting detectmybrowser.com. The website provides a traffic light system warning you of web technologies missing from your browser and links to those website that can provide you the latest versions to download.
Internet browsers we recommend
After checking the version of your browser, check below to see if the list of versions we recommend to view the IDS website.
- Internet Explorer 9 (though IE8 will work)
- Firefox 13 upwards
- Google Chrome
- For Apple Mac users only: Safari 4 onwards
How to upgrade your browser
The easiest way to update your web browser software is to download (transfer the program to your computer) a file over the Internet. You can download a file for free by using any of the appropriate website links above, and clicking on a link that usually says something like 'download now' (sometimes the website will ask you for some basic information about your computer, like whether you want it in English, and what operating system it uses e.g., Windows 98/XP/7). Then follow the instructions on your screen.
You'll usually be asked whether you want to open the file or save it to your computer (see graphic example). If you do save it to your computer, it will be saved as an *.exe file. You'll need to remember where you saved it to. Once the download process is complete, go to the file where you saved it, and double click on it. This should initiate a program that will automatically install the new browser on your computer.
If you are using your employer’s computer then you may need ‘administrator’ rights to upgrade. If you experience any problems please consult your nearest IT expert.