April 29, 2011
Which Web Browser is Right for You?
The single best way to make sure that your internet browsing experience is safe, optimal, and pleasing is to make sure that you're using a good browser. But what exactly makes a "good browser"? And with so many browser options, which should you choose? We compiled a list comparing popular web-browsers to help you choose the right browser for you.
One of the world's most popular web browsers. Firefox has a vast array of plug-ins, and is highly regarded for their adaptation of web standards. These days, Firefox is used as a web design and web development standard. We highly recommend using Firefox, especially after Mozilla's recent release of Firefox 4.
Features: Enormous plug-in library, large community for support issues, standard among designers
Verdict: Highly Recommended
These days, the majority of the websites that you see are designed for viewing in Mozilla Firefox. We highly recommend using Firefox for your browser of choice.
Features: Popup Blocking, iPhoto integration, Quartz Font Smoothing
Safari is a good, clean browser that is perfect for those just browsing the web. However, some have been critical about Apple using Safari to push their other services, like iTunes and Quicktime, during auto-updates.
Developed by Google in 2008, Google Chrome was designed to make surfing the web a delightfully fast experience. Google also designed Chrome to make their own services, such as Analytics and Gmail, run smoothly and as fast as possible. Stat-Counter shows Chrome gaining a lot of momentum in the market of free browsers.
Features: Themes, Extensive plug-in library, very smooth google apps
Verdict: Highly Recommended
A clean, quick browser that gets the job done. Super fast Google apps are a huge plus, since many people are using Gmail or Google's search engine (among their many other services, like Google Maps and Google Translate).
Created in 1994, Opera is one of the web's earliest browsers. Opera has been tested to be faster than Internet Explorer, and is the most popular mobile browser on the market. Users can use Opera on iOS, WebOS, Andriod, and Symbian phones.
Features: Ad Blocking, Download Manager, BitTorrent Client, Tabbed Browsing
While not nearly as popular as the other browsers we've covered (for computers that is), Opera still is something to write home about. After all, they did invent tabbed browsing, and more mobile phones use Opera as their browser than any other browser.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
IE is the one of the world’s most ubiquitous browsers, mainly because of its bundling with all Windows OS's. However, there have been some concerns on it's lack of security, along with IE's slow adaption to web standards (notably with CSS standards).
Features: Page Zoom, Tabbed Browsing
Verdict: Not Recommended
With its lack of early web standard adoption and its multiple security issues, we don't recommend using Internet Explorer. Though there are brilliant minds over at Microsoft, it seems as if IE is not a huge priority for them.