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It may seem like nothing is happening when browsers and other software programs perform updates, but don't minimize the necessity of those security patches.
I diligently upgrade when Firefox brings out its latest version. From the point of view of an ordinary PC user, I've been unable to detect any significant difference from version 7 and earlier to the new 11. Is there anything? And is it worth upgrading for other than perhaps security/loophole updates?
In this excerpt from Answercast #11, I look at reasons to keep your web browser updated and discuss the security implications of getting out-of-date.
The short answer is, "There's other stuff."
It's certainly not that important... if you're not noticing it. It's not something that you're going to care about. But...
The way you've worded the question, you're kind of minimizing the whole "security/loophole updates," as you call it.
I believe, strongly, that when it comes to web browsers (particularly when it comes to web browsers as popular as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome and any of several others), even if nothing visibly changes, it is critical, it is important to keep updating to the latest version.
Keep that version as up-to-date as the provider will let you.
Those security/loophole updates are coming in all the time. They are protecting you from malware that's being written all the time... which take advantage of the very vulnerabilities that those patches are fixing.
By not staying up-to-date, by sticking with an older version of one of these utilities, you're actually running the risk that you could be the victim of malware that targets a vulnerability that you have elected not to fix.
So, stay up-to-date even if nothing visibly changes. It's fine, it's solid, it's a good approach to keeping your computer safe.
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