Wondering if you have the latest version of Firefox installed?
There are several ways that you can check, which is something you must do if you want to protect your computer against security flaws and vulnerabilities. Most of these problems can be fixed with patches and bug fixes that usually come with software updates.
To check manually…
- Open your Firefox browser, and hover your mouse cursor over the Help menu. If you don’t see the menu bar, press the ALT key.
- From the drop-down, click on About Firefox.
- From the pop-up window, you will see Download update, if your Firefox is still an old version. Otherwise you’ll see the version number.
- Restart Firefox when prompted to apply the new update.
Download and installation usually happen automatically, and you will see the progress on the About Firefox pop-up screen.
An alternative manual update is done by clicking the Menu button (3 parallel lines) on an open Firefox browser. Click on About Firefox to open a pop-up screen, which will automatically check and download updates, if there are new versions. Click ‘Restart Firefox to Update’ when prompted.
Of course, you can skip the manual check, if you configure Firefox to update automatically.
To set Firefox automatic update…
- Open your Firefox browser and hover your mouse cursor over the Tools menu. Press the ALT key if you don’t see the menu bar.
- Click on the Update tab.
- From the options presented, select “Automatically install updates…”
You can also choose for updates to be downloaded automatically, but you get to decide when to install them. Just make sure you don’t forget to install the update.
Software updates are your weapon against security flaws and attacks, so you must ensure that the existing Firefox in your system is the latest version. To date, the latest Firefox is build 50.1.0.
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