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Web Browsers, which one to choose?

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By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 3

You might have heard that Microsoft lost a lawsuit to include Internet Explorer with their Operating System, now they'll ask you which one you want to install.

Internet Explorer:
This is the Web Browser you are probably using right now.
Microsoft recommends this browser and says it's "more stable" and "more secure", because it's been build for Windows.
Now, as you can read in this article Windows is not so stable and secure at all.
I do not only recommend, but by reading this article I grant you the wisdom NOT to choose Internet Explorer.
Good things:
-There is no reason at all to use Internet Explorer.
Bad things:
-Crashes a lot.
-Very insecure.
-Very slow.

Apple's version of Internet Explorer, not quite as bad as IE but not as good as other browsers.
Good things:
-Not very many people are using it.
Bad things:

Mozilla Firefox:
Quite a good browser, but it's pretty slow.
Good things:
-Very customizable.
-Supports pretty much every website.
-Built-in spell checker.
Bad things:
-Slow, but not as slow as IE

Google Chrome:
Used to be my choice of a browser for Windows, but Google is probably collecting information from you (it has been confirmed they collected information from wireless networks while doing streetview).
Good things:
-Nice speed.

-good website support.
Bad things:

-Google is watching you.
-Mac version is very poor.

The most secure and fastest browser on Windows, poorly it doesn't support every website (which is usually the webmaster's fault).
Good things:
-Very, very fast.

-Built-in spell checker (at least on the Mac version).
Bad things:

-Not supported by a small number of websites.


Not very popular, but about twice as fast as any other browser.

Mac only.
Good things:

-Extreme speed.
-Great support of websites.

-makes great use of the Mac OS only features.
-Built-in spell checker.

Bad things:
-Mac only.

So, which browser is the greatest?
Well, it differs per Operating System and your needs.
Want to customize and have a browser that runs at decent speeds? try Firefox.
Have a Mac and want the best speed? have a look at Camino.

Every single tested browser is free, and I'm not sure if there are paid browsers, but they're probably not any better.
I recommend testing out all the ones in the top 3 of your Operating System.
No, downloading these browsers will not give you viruses (and neither will most free applications you can download online).

I'm pretty sure all of the browsers support your language, spell check might not be available in your language.

Windows top 3:

Mac OS-X top 3:

I have not used Linux long enough to try out enough browsers, I just know Firefox and Opera are both great browsers for Linux.


Oh, and the browser I'm currently using? Firefox OS-X, as I can't live without it's plugins.



Jul 6, 2010 6:54pm
Nice breakdown and good info here. I like FireFox myself, but I also don't mind using IE sometimes. I've never tried any of the other browsers.
Jul 7, 2010 4:57am
well, as I said in the article: try them, they're free!
Oct 26, 2010 8:56am
News: Most insecure browser is now Safari, stay away from it!
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