Is it time for a Safari update? Apple has several different ways of guiding you through the process, whether you are a Windows or Mac user.
Safari Updates For Windows Users
If you are on Windows and use iTunes, you may be regularly prompted to install Safari updates-or even the entire Safari application-whenever you open iTunes.
This seems to make the process easy, but not without controversy. At one point, if a Windows user opened iTunes and was prompted to update iTunes, Safari was automatically included on the list of updates and checked off. A user who wasn't interested in Safari might click the "Update Now" button and wind up with Safari installed on her computer. Apple has since moved the option to install Safari down into its own box labeled "New Software."
In general, if you are a Windows user, whenever the Apple Software Update box pops up, it is wise to read all your options and find out what is checked and unchecked. Download Safari if you want it, but it is not necessary to run iTunes or Quicktime. It is always a good idea to read messages that come with any download program before you let the download proceed. Even if the download is legitimate software from a legitimate company, that doesn't mean you want it on your computer.
Safari Updates For Mac Users
The update process is much smoother-and less controversial-for Mac users. For OSX updates, you can go to Apple Menu > Software Update. Software Update will come back with any updates that are available, and you can check off what you have time to download and install. If you are using OSX 10.2.8 or earlier, go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Software Update.
No matter which platform you use, chances are good that you will need to set aside time for the updates to run. You will also need to restart your computer after you are finished.