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Is it time to switch your default web browser? 

Browser-LogosAre you aware of the downfalls of using an outdated web browser? Tricia Stamper, Director of Technology products for Florida Realtors® recently published a blog post, which is getting traction on real estate platforms, about the downfalls of not using a modern web browser.

The article lists seven (7) reasons why REALTORS® who use Internet Explorer should consider moving to Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Edge sooner rather than later.

In truth, this issue affects all web users – not only those in the real estate industry – and others are also talking about this issue: herehere and here for instance.

Nevertheless, we bring up Stamper’s article for two reasons:

1. ‘Browser issues’ is among the top three reasons that members call Tech Helpline about, and Internet Explorer is the web browser at the root of the most calls  – overwhelmingly so.

2. It asks real estate professionals a very important and timely question: Given the importance of the Internet in our industry, and given the improved technology, if you are using an old version of Internet Explorer, is it time for you to switch?

With that in mind, this month we offer some tips to help you understand what browser you are using, learn more about other browsers, and know what to do when you are ready to make the switch.

What browser am I using?
Visit this URL to get the exact web browser version you are using: http://www.whatsmybrowser.org/.

It’s free and there is nothing you need to do other than visit that website. It will tell you in big letters, “You’re using Name ##.” Scroll down a little, and it will give you the Operating System, the IP address, and other useful information about your browser and computer.

Where can I learn more about other browsers?
Here are links to the most popular and developer-preferred web browsers:

Ready to switch browsers?
Here are the three basic steps:

1. Check to make sure your computer meets the system requirements of the web browser you wish to download and install.

2. If you haven’t already, download and install the browser you wish to use.

3. Set your new default browser.

How to import or export your bookmarks:
Learn how you can import or export your bookmarks, favorites, and other settings information. In most cases, the browser exports and imports them for you:

What should I do with the old Internet Explorer browser?

We recommend you uninstall it or turn it off.

We hope this information is useful. If you have any questions or need assistance, remember we are only a phone call away.

Contributions to this article were made by Jessica Rosado, Tech Helpline team.