Let’s talk about internet browsers. What’s a browser? Well, if the internet is the Information Highway, then your browser is your car. In other words, you need a browser to get to your desired destination within the great wide web. How do you know which browser you are using? With so many to choose from, what browser should you select?



Chrome, Safari and Edge are all good, modern internet browsers that render web pages with the latest standards. But you’re not limited to just these. There are also a variety of other “open source” browser choices, such Firefox from Mozilla and Opera.  All of these open source browsers are cross-platform compatible and free to download. This means that whether you are a Mac user or a Windows user, you can download one of these browsers.

Whichever browser you choose, make sure you are using the most recent version. It’s good to check your browser version about once a month. Your native browser will update whenever your computer’s operating system updates, but certain open source browsers may need to be updated manually.  Updating your browser can solve many issues that affect the playback of e-learning courses.

Manually updating browsers like Chrome or Firefox is fairly easy since open source browsers are pretty user-friendly. If you go into the browser settings, you will find the place to update your browser. For Chrome, go into “Help” then “About Chrome” and your browser will automatically update you to the latest version. In Firefox, you’ll look for the settings and then go into the Advanced Settings. There you’ll see the option to update your Firefox. If you have questions, you can always perform a search using your browser for steps on updating the version.

Home Care Institute courses are cross-platform and should work on most browsers. If you have any issues, contact HCI support.