There are many different reasons why your business might want to switch to a new web browser for use on its computers or mobile devices. Maybe it is currently using outdated browsers that will soon stop receiving security updates, or you’ve read reports of how much quicker another browser is compared to your current choice. Changing to a new browser can, however, be a big step. Here are three tips that we would especially recommend you consider for when your business makes the change.
What would – or could – be the security implications of changing?
Even some big name browsers can cease receiving security enhancements if the version has reached a particular age. For example, Microsoft has recently revealed that, with only a few exceptions, it will stop issuing such updates for every version of Internet Explorer bar Internet Explorer 11 from 12 January 2016. Meanwhile, Google has said that, from April 2016, it will drop updates for Chrome on Windows XP and Vista and OS X Snow Leopard, Lion and Snow Lion. Therefore, remember to carefully check that your current browser is still getting updates for the foreseeable future. If it isn’t, look to switch to a browser that is.
Consider how you will migrate your bookmarks.
One potential big problem with changing browser is that you might not be able to carry over all of your existing bookmarks to the new browser without having to re-enter them all in manually. If you’ve got a long list of bookmarks, any of which could come in unexpectedly crucial at any moment, that’s not a good incentive to switch to a whole new browser! Some browsers, however, do allow you to transfer bookmarks from your currently-used browser without such re-entering. Thankfully, Chrome, Opera and Firefox, three of the most popular browsers around, are among them.
Is the risk so great that you should turn to expert help?
Your business could be so reliant on smooth operation of the web browsers it uses that it has resisted migrating simply due to the fear of technical glitches that could unexpectedly arise as a result. But, of course, if a browser commonly used throughout your enterprise is nearing the end of its shelf life for regular updates, you are stuck between a rock and a hard place. That’s why you should seriously consider how we at Camwood can help your entire enterprise to complete hitch-free browser migrations.