The Web browser is your portal to the Internet and all it contains. Unfortunately, while you're exploring the Internet's wonders, hackers from the Internet are trying to break into your computer. A single flaw in your browser can give them the opening they need to snoop inside your system, get your personal information, steal your identity or worse.
That's why browser makers release regular updates that fix security flaws and add new features. If you're a Firefox user now is the time for the latest update.
Mozilla has released Firefox 38, and it comes with fixes for 13 security flaws including five that the company is calling critical. The details are pretty technical. However, the short story is that by exploiting these flaws, a hacker can crash Firefox and use the crash to slip malicious code on to your computer.
Fortunately, updating Firefox is as easy as restarting it. If you want to make sure it really is updated, click the icon with the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner, and then the question make at the bottom of the menu. The click "About Firefox" and see what the version number is. If you don't have the latest version, Firefox will download it automatically.
Firefox 38 is also going to ask you a question about whether or not you want to enable DRM. If you turn DRM on, this lets you watch video from Netflix using HTML5 video instead of Flash. Click here for more on the demise of Flash and why it might be time to ditch it.