No More Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer sucks. It’s always been the worst browser, yet the majority of society uses it since the majority of society owns a PC. Unfortunately, you’re born into using IE. Microsoft recently upgraded to version 8, yet a lot of people are still stuck on 6. IE 6 is hated by the entire web design community and companies alike since most sites won’t display correctly in it. Even Microsoft doesn’t support it anymore. It’s way too vulnerable to attacks and viruses. So let’s explore some other options and in doing so, you’ll end up with a better, faster, and safer web surfing experience.
Mozilla FireFox // Firefox is easily the best browser on the market. It’s been so long since I’ve seen a pop-up ad, I wonder if they still exist. Tabbed browsing was always the biggest draw to using Firefox. It’s no wonder that Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, and the now-defunct Netscape Navigator have emulated almost everything Firefox does. But what the other guys don’t possess is over 5,000 options to customize the look, feel, and functionality of your browser. Integrate Facebook, Twitter, your e-mail, news services - the list is nearly endless - all from the convenience of Firefox. Keep in mind that adding too many options can slow down the browser ever so slightly, but not your computer. 300+ million active users is a statement all by itself.
Safari // Apple’s browser display is the prettiest. Everything looks crisper and smoother thanks to its processing engine. Pictures, text, video - it’s clean. Thought a site looked amazing before? Try it in Safari. But hey, wouldn’t you expect that from Apple? Websites load really fast in Safari, with one drawback - it eats up system resources like it’s Thanksgiving. If you’ve got Safari running, keep all your other applications closed, otherwise your computer will run slow enough to cause minor frustration.
Google Chrome // The new kid on the block. Chrome is fast - very fast. However, it’s still new and there’s still bugs to be worked out. In fact, it’s still in beta. My main concern with this browser is that it collects information on which sites you’ve been to and sends that information back to Google HQ, unless you’re browsing in Private Mode. Google is the collector of any and all info, but do they really need my web surfing history so they can target specific ads towards me? Err, no thanks.
So which one should you use? I say give them all a try. Personally, I use Firefox and have never had a problem with it. I’ve been using it since version 1.5 and they just recently released 3.5. I can tell you that with every update, they make significant changes to enhance your web experience. The majority of these changes are things you don’t see, but feel once you open your browser.
So hey, do the web designer community and more importantly, yourself a favor by saying “no” to Internet Explorer and giving something else a shot. You’ll thank me later. ;)