Browsers

Browser & Java Tips

 

Keeping your web browser up to date is very important.  If you run a web browser that is out of date and contains security vulnerabilities, you risk having your computer compromised by criminals.  Depending on the security exploit, your personal information (including emails, banking details, online sales, photos, other sensitive information) could be stolen or destroyed. Even if your personal data is not stolen, if compromised, your computer could be turned into a "zombie" sending out thousands of spam emails, or be forced to participate in "denial of service" attacks against other websites, all without your knowledge.  To update your web browser, follow the directions below for your browser. 

Manually update your web browser:

  • Firefox:
    • On the menu bar click the Firefox menu and select About Firefox.
    • The About Firefox window will open. Firefox will begin checking for updates and downloading them automatically.
    • When the updates are ready to be installed, click Restart to update Firefox
  • Google Chrome:
    • On your computer, open Chrome.
    • At the top right, look at More More.
    • Click Update Google Chrome. If you don't see this button, you're on the latest version.
    • Click Relaunch.
  • Safari
    • Click the Apple menu icon in the top left-hand corner of your screen and click App Store...
    • In the App Store window click on the Updates button in the top menu
    • The App Store will bundle all of the System Applications (e.g. Safari, iTunes, Security Updates, etc.) which have updates available into one main "Software Update" item
    • To upgrade just Safari, click the blue 'More" link to expand the System Applications, allowing you to pick and choose which updates to install.  Click the Update button associated with Safari
    • The latest version of Safari available for your system will download and install itself.

 

Java Compatibility by Browser

Some College applications have specific requirements that may work only in certain browsers.  LTS continues to monitor the recent security vulnerabilities discovered in the Java plugin.  If you have any questions, please contact the Computing Help Desk.

Important Note from March 7, 2017:  Firefox version 52 and newer will no longer support the Java plugin.  Users of Banner ERP need to use a special version of Firefox.  Here are instructions  for PC users and Mac users.

 


Platform


Firefox


Chrome

Internet Explorer


Safari


Edge

PC - Windows 7

instructions

not compatible due to Java

instructions

n/a

n/a

PC - Windows 10

instructions

not compatible due to Java

instructions

n/a

not compatible due to Java

Mac

instructions

not compatible due to Java

n/a

instructions

n/a

 

Additional Resources:
Banner Browser Troubleshooting