Using the Web is a standard practice of doing business and as such the web browser you use is very important.
Most of us use Microsoft Internet Explorer, as it is the default web browswer on our computers. But there are many alternative web browsers offering many options that MS IE does not have.
As I have found, you’ll find that your use of the web can be more productive depending on the web browser you choose. For example, FireFox web browser has tabs for multiple web sites making it easy to get through multiple web sites as I often do.
The other issue is security. MS IE has many security holes as is not often found in competing browsers.
The NY Times goes over some browsing options and writes The main problem with Internet Explorer is its own success. It is used on more than 90 percent of all computers, which has made it and its codes, especially a feature called ActiveX, irresistible targets for virus writers. Microsoft’s Outlook has the same problem, for the same reason. Two months ago, Microsoft released an extensive security upgrade called Service Pack 2, which contains many other improvements, is free and is definitely worth installing on any computer running WindowsXP. But it does not apply to older versions of Windows or the versions of IE they include.
There are many other browsers, including the popular Opera. Two I use every day are Firefox, from Mozilla, and iRider, from Wymea Bay, a small start-up in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Firefox is an open-source program – noncopyrighted and free from www.mozilla.org – created by a nonprofit foundation descended from Microsoft’s old rival, Netscape. The browser doesn’t look much different from IE, but it has many operational improvements – the most noticeable being better built-in protection against pop-up ads, and a tabbed browsing system that lets you easily keep several Web pages open at once.
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