Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Free Software - Free Internet Browser

If you thought you didn't have choices on how you will surf the internet, think again. Most people use Internet Explorer and that's ok. It works but in my opinion, it is not the best. It strays from the industry standard rules and displays code incorrectly at times. Older versions of IE lacked some of the nicer features of the browser I'm going to talk about in a moment and newer versions aren't as stable or compatible with certain pages. This is good browser to have (comes standard on Windows) as there are some pages that only work on IE but isn't the best. There are also known security violations in it that could put your PC at risk.

Another one is Safari. Safari is like IE for the Mac and has a lot of the same problems as IE. There are certain websites that crash the browser and it has several large security holes that are not patched. They are also much slower at patching known issues then other browsers. I would not suggest this browser either.

Google Crome is one of those newer browsers that seems pretty good. Its fast and has a lot of cool features however this browser lacks something all the other ones have... privacy. Google's aim is to create software that "knows you." That means any time you do a Google search, that search is saved in your profile. Anytime you log into blogspot or gmail, your name is linked to the IP you are using. Now, if you use Google's browser, Crome, it also knows every webpage you visit. Google can now send you advertisements based on your personalized interests. Also, Google doesn't allow you to block Google adverts for obvious reasons. I would not suggest this browser either.

Opera, I've never really used this one so I don't know much about it. Its not very popular so it probably doesn't get support for bugs like others will. I would not suggest this browser either.

Ok, so now that you know I don't like IE, Safari, Crome, and Opera, you may be wondering what I do like. Mozilla Firefox is my favorite browser. Its safe, has a lot of features, you can download an add on called "add block plus" which removes almost all advertisements, and it has a large development team that constantly patches bugs and puts out new releases. Its fast and in my opinion, the best on the market.

You can get Firefox HERE.

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