Which Browser Should I Use?

Which Browser Should I Use?

Assuming you are using Microsoft’s Windows operating system there are a plethora of browsers that you could use.  Now that Microsoft has been forced to offer alternatives, rather than insist its usually native Internet Explorer (current version 8) upon you, there are at least a dozen others. Each of them has its own positive and negative features as can be seen on my 4 preferred choices below.

1) Google Chrome

This new browser comes into its element as a speedy, compact & minimalistic unit.  It doesnt have tonnes of standard extra (mostly unused by the domestic user) features and allows a lot of space to become free on screen.  It is very fast to download and install and loads webpages very quickly. It deals with most websites, including flash based ones and secure sites such as online banking pages. It very rarely crashes by comparison, it now features extensions to enhance its capabilities and it even combines the seach function with the URL bar at the top.

2) Mozilla Firefox

This open source, highly customisable web browsing experience is slowly capturing more and more of the market (both domestic and business).  It is also fairly quick to install initially and runs relatively quickly however it is not as fast as Chrome.

Over the last few years of its existance, users have literally written thousands of addons, in the way of utilities, games and general extended capabilities. This browser is probably ideal for you as a user if you are looking to integrate all of your web needs, software needs and gaming needs securely in 1 place. Be wary though, if you overload it with a lot of addons it can slow down considerably.

3) Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 8 has been the peoples choice, until the 2 recent contenders above. It still benefits from the majority vote although it is bulky, unneccessarily slow and comes with a host of extra often not really needed by many users.  It is a very secure browser which is good for identifying problem website containing bugs or viruses. It also has some very nifty features (Also featured on the above 2) these include tabbed browsing and private browsing.

4) Safari

Apple’s native browser recently spilled onto Microsofts system and retains its good looks and minimal yet effective features. It looks great, however with heavy use it slows down and becomes sluggish. You are also not able to customise it very much, you get what you are given basically.
 
Conclusions:

For security: use Internet Explorer
For design and style: use Safari
For expandable features: use Mozilla Firefox
For speed and a much faster internet experience: use Google Chrome.

Watch this space….Google are also releasing an operating system hoped to rival Windows in the near future. That should be interesting!

 

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David has held positions as Operations Director and Head of IT in legal and professional firms for more than 10 years. He is a Director and co-owner of Amazing Support, a Microsoft Silver accredited and specialist Managed IT Support and IT Services company. David actively helps SME businesses receive better Managed IT Support and IT Services in the London and Hertfordshire areas. He also assists overseas companies who are looking to expand their business operations into the UK and helps with their inward investment IT process. A member of The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and an event speaker promoting business start-ups and technology awareness. Married with a son, you will often see him riding his bicycle around the Hertfordshire towns! David participates in charity bike rides and is a keen Krav Maga practioner.