Internet Browsers

This article explains why using the default built-in Internet Explorer isn’t always the best option. A browser is the program that allows you to visit websites. Most people are familiar with Internet Explorer (big blue ‘e’), which comes built-in to Windows. Internet Explorer is not inherently a bad browser, but depending on which version you have on your computer, it’s possible that it’s outdated and therefore vulnerable to malicious websites. I’d venture to say that many Malware-infections can be prevented, simply by keeping your browser up to date. Now with Internet Explorer that may be easier said than done, because the latest version as of today is IE 9, and is only compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. If you have Windows XP, your best bet is to seek an alternative to Internet Explorer (more on alternatives later)…

To find out what version of Internet Explorer you have, click the “Help” link towards the top of the browser, and look for “About…”. The vast majority of people still use IE 8, which is a pretty slow browser in comparison to IE 9, in terms of loading more complex pages, or starting the browser in the first place. My personal experience is that IE 9 is a GREAT improvement in both speed and security. Today, I’d almost say that IE 9 is possibly the most secure browser on the market. If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, and you’re missing out on the IE 9 fun, you can download it here

Now there are alternatives browsers out there that work really well. The main competition to Internet Explorer are Mozilla’s Firefox, and Google’s Chrome browsers. Mozilla has recently updated their browser to version 4, anything below that, such as 3.6 should probably be updated, because you’ll benefit from their latest speed/security improvements. Google Chrome is currently my favorite browser, because of its sleek look, and because it’s very good at automatically updating itself, even if you haven’t opened it in a while. It also has a built-in version of Adobe Flash, that it keeps up to date as well, and that helps improve the performance of on-line videos and many of the more complex websites. If you’re curious about what these alternative browsers bring to the table, don’t worry; you can install them on your computer and easily remove them later, should you prefer another one. Despite Chrome’s awesomeness, it’s currently the least frequently-used browser of all. That is in fact a good thing, because it makes it much less attractive of a target for the sleazy creators of Malware.

There you have it, that’s my take on today’s world of the internet browsers. I’ve purposefully not mentioned other browsers such as Opera – which is tricky for webmasters (guys who builds websites), and Safari – which is the Internet Explorer equivalent for Mac computers.

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