Which Browser Should You Choose?

We all need to use a web browser and if you are using the same old one that came configured with your PC, you may be tempted to leave it as it is. However, it could be that you are missing out on some great features, processing speeds and add ons, so it is worth having a look to see what the others have going for them. Here we look at the top three browsers and see how they compare in terms of speed, security and extra features.


Firefox is now faster than it’s ever been and this is because they have made several changes in order to reduce the amount of time it takes for Web pages to load. What happens now is that when restoring a previous browsing session, Firefox now loads tabs one at a time as you select them, so you don’t have to wait for tabs that you haven’t activated yet to load. And they have installed some nifty new technology which enables some of the most popular sites — like Google and Twitter — to load faster. This new technology also helps to make you more secure on the Web. When you browse, you leave a trail of data that potentially contains all sorts of personal information. Firefox have built in features to protect this information. One more thing, Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of making the Web better for everyone. Firefox say they just want you to have the best possible experience online, which includes keeping you and your personal information safe and private.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome does take some getting used to but if you like simplicity, numerous extensions and add-ons, plus a superb performance, we think it is a well-rounded browser that should meet most people’s needs. It has a quite minimalist design but the simple to use toolbar does leave more room for viewing Web pages. Where Chrome makes up for lack of flashiness is in performance. Any web page that uses Javascript, such as Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube behave much better in Chrome than in other browsers. And picture heavy pages load faster in Chrome too. This fast speed is due to a brilliant feature new to Chrome 17 that lets the browser start loading the URL you type in the address bar before you press the Enter key. We also love that Chrome runs tabs as separate processes so if one of them crashes, you won’t get the entire browser freezing – you can keep browsing. Chrome is also one of the most secure browsers on this list, because it is ‘sandboxed’. This means that Chrome uses access information only within the browser itself and can’t read information from other areas on your computer.

Internet Explorer (IE)

You are probably one of millions who are still using IE and feel they are quite happy with it. Well the good news is that the ninth version of Microsoft’s browser does offer some better features that previous incarnations. There are some great new privacy features, including the ability to block sites from cataloguing your browsing habits. You can block sites individually or to rely on a Microsoft-assembled list of sites that have a history of tracking visitors after they leave the page. However, IE took the most time to load popular Javascript pages and we still do not have a native feature for synching bookmarks, but you can import and export favourites as usual. Also, our worst bugbear, where is the in-browser spelling check facility? We think IE9 is fine for novices but our overall winner for browsing speed, security and extra features goes to Firefox.

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