Forget Black Friday: Today is Update Your Parents’ Browser Day

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By Lowell Heddings on November 25th, 2011


Hopefully you aren’t reading this after a long night of sitting in the cold, fighting with other people to acquire a device that will be out of date in a month. Instead of shopping, it’s time to give the gift of less sucktacular browsers.

Over at The Atlantic, they proposed that today be Update Your Parents’ Browser Day, and at How-To Geek, we couldn’t agree more, especially since many of you are probably over at your relatives right now, recovering from eating too much of their food.

It’s time to upgrade your parents’ browser, and while you’re at it, make sure that they have anti-virus installed too. Want to be really awesome? Setup CCleaner to run on a schedule, and if they are using Windows XP, setup an automated defrag job. Might be a good time to setup CrossLoop or TeamViewer or some type of remote desktop application so you can easily gain control at a future date when you get that inevitable phone call.


Just because Google Chrome is awesome is no excuse for springing a huge surprise if your mom, dad, uncle, or other relative is really used to Internet Explorer. At the very least you can try and upgrade them to IE9 if they are on Vista or Windows 7, or maybe see if they want to switch to Firefox if they are stuck on XP. Make sure to tell them you’re going to upgrade them, and show them how it works before you go.

Share your relative-upgrading-horror-stories in the comments!

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/25/11
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