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Keeping Web Browsers Up-To-Date

Article ID = 6
Article Title = Keeping Web Browsers Up-To-Date
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 29th May 2012
Article Last Updated = 17th November 2017
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?6

Article Brief Description:
A guide to keeping your web browser software products up-to-date

Keeping Mac Web Browsers Up-To-Date

Web Browsers For The Current Versions Of macOS
  • Apple Safari (included with macOS)
  • Google Chrome
  • Chromium
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • iCab
  • Omniweb (does not have an Apple signed developer certificate)
  • Opera
  • Seamonkey (does not have an Apple signed developer certificate)
  • Maxthon Buy it now on the iOS App Store [USA only]
  • Yandex
  • Brave
  • Vivaldi
  • tenFOUR Fox (for older PowerPC based computers)
  • Citrio - no updates since 2015
  • Camino - development discontinued on 31/05/2013
  • Sunrise - no updates since 2012
  • Stainless - no updates since 2011
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - no longer supported on/updated for Apple Macintosh computers
Here we provide some information about keeping your web browser(s) up-to-date. Just click on the name of the browser(s) that you use. Please also see our articles on internet security and resetting Mac web browsers.
Apple Safari
Primary web site for this browser
SECURITY WARNING: Safari is no longer supported on Apple PowerPC computers or OS X 10.10.5 or earlier. If you still use a PowerPC computer/OS X 10.9.5 or earlier for browsing the internet you are strongly recommended to use an alternative web browser.
  • Check for an update now: Go to Apple menu > App Store… > click the "Updates" icon in the top right
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > App Store > tick "Automatically check for Updates" and tick all the boxes underneath that heading.
  • Download updates manually from the Apple Safari download page. - updates can no longer be downloaded manually
Google Chrome
  • Minimum version of macOS / OS X required: OS X 10.9
  • Check for an update now: Google Chrome checks for updates automatically by default
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Google Chrome checks for updates automatically by default - this feature can be turned off using the Terminal but we don't recommend it
  • Download updates manually from the Chrome web site.
Chromium
  • Minimum version of macOS / OS X required: OS X 10.9
  • Check for an update now: [Install the FreeSMUG Updater for Chromium extension] Quit Chromium if it is running > open Chromium > the FreeSMUG Updater for Chromium will warn you if an update is available
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: this feature is not available but if you install the FreeSMUG Updater for Chromium extension it will warn you when an update is available
  • Download updates manually from the FreeSMUG Chromium download page.
Mozilla Firefox v57 or later
  • Minimum version of macOS / OS X required: OS X 10.9
  • Check for an update now: Open Firefox > go to Firefox menu > About Firefox > click on the "Check for Updates" button
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Open Firefox > go to Firefox menu > Preferences… > General (on the left) > Firefox Updates heading > tick "Automatically install updates (recommended)".
  • Download updates manually from the Firefox download page.
Mozilla Firefox v56.0.2 or earlier
  • Minimum version of macOS / OS X required: OS X 10.9
  • Check for an update now: Open Firefox > go to Firefox menu > About Firefox > click on the "Check for Updates" button
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Open Firefox > go to Firefox menu > Preferences… > Advanced (in the menu on the left) > Update tab > tick "Automatically install updates (recommended: improved security)".
  • Download updates manually from the Firefox download page.
iCab
  • Minimum version of macOS / OS X required: OS X 10.7
  • Check for an update now: Open iCab > go to Help menu > Check for iCab Update
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Open iCab > go to Help menu > Check for iCab Update > tick "Check periodically (Check once per day)" then click "OK".
  • Download updates manually from the iCab download page.
Omniweb
  • Minimum version of macOS / OS X required: Mac OS X v10.4.8
  • Check for an update now: Open Omniweb > go to Omniweb menu > Check for Updates…
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Open Omniweb > go to Omniweb menu > Preferences… > Update icon > tick "Check for updates" and set your desired timeframe.
  • Download updates manually from the Omniweb web site.
Opera
  • Minimum version of macOS / OS X required: OS X 10.9
  • Check for an update now: Open Opera > go to Opera menu > About Opera > Opera will check for updates and show you a message under the "Version information" heading
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Opera checks for updates automatically by default.
  • Download updates manually from the Opera web site.
Seamonkey
  • Minimum version of macOS / OS X required: OS X 10.9
  • Check for an update now: Open Seamonkey > go to Seamonkey menu > Check for Updates…
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Open Seamonkey > go to Seamonkey menu > Preferences… > select "Software Installation" on the left under the 'Advanced' heading > on the right under the 'SeaMonkey' heading tick "Automatically check for updates daily" and "Automatically download and install the update".
  • Download updates manually from the Seamonkey web site.
Maxthon
  • Minimum version of macOS / OS X required: OS X 10.8
  • Check for an update now: Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > App Store > click the "Updates" icon at the top
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > App Store > tick "Automatically check for Updates" and tick all the boxes underneath that heading.
  • As the software is only available from the Mac App Store, updates cannot be downloaded manually
Yandex
  • Minimum version of macOS / OS X required: OS X 10.9
  • Check for an update now: Open Yandex > go to Yandex menu > About Yandex > Yandex will check for updates and show you a message under the "Yandex.Browser" heading
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Yandex checks for updates automatically by default.
  • Download updates manually from the Vivaldi web site.
Brave
  • Minimum version of macOS / OS X required: OS X 10.9
  • Check for an update now: Open Brave > go to Brave menu > Check for Updates…
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: TO BE CONFIRMED
  • Download updates manually from the Vivaldi web site.
Vivaldi
  • Minimum version of macOS / OS X required: not listed
  • Check for an update now: Open Vivaldi > go to Vivaldi menu > Check for Updates
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: TO BE CONFIRMED
  • Download updates manually from the Vivaldi web site.
tenFOUR Fox (for older PowerPC based computers)
  • Check for an update now: Open TenFourFox > go to TenFourFox menu > About TenFourFox > click on the "Check for Updates" button
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Open TenFourFox > go to TenFourFox menu > Preferences… > Advanced icon > Update tab > tick "Automatically install updates".
  • Download updates manually from the TenFourFox web site.

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