A reader has a question about a message she sees when using the Google search engine:

“When I go to use Google.com to look things up, I see a security alert that says I’m not secure and need to use another browser. I am using Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 and have run all of the latest Windows updates. I also have the latest Flash Player updates installed. What more should I do or do I need to change to another browser?”

I’m guessing what you’re seeing looks a lot like this:


This isn’t actually a security alert, but a suggestion by Google that you switch to their Chrome browser. Since they are the developers of Chrome, the folks at Google would rather you use their browser instead of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

Feel free to just No, not interested unless you want to give Google Chrome a  spin. If you click the Yes button, it will take you to a page where you can install the Chrome browser.

Now, sometimes a site that you visit will suggest that you switch to another browser because that site doesn’t work well with the browser you’re using. I know that sometimes HTML5 video won’t play when I use Internet Explorer in Windows 7. But as long as you aren’t having any issues and Windows is up-to-date, there’s no need to do anything.