Which Browser Should You Choose?
Our Internet browsers are a tool that most of us use each and every day. Whether this is for work, some light browsing watching videos or reading the news - there's very little that they don't do for us day to day. It may come as a surprise to some of you, but not all browsers are created equal, and while they all perform the same basic function, you may find yourself with a preference for one browser over another.
Our Internet browsers are a tool that most of us use each and every day. Whether this is for work, some light browsing watching videos or reading the news – there’s very little that they don’t do for us day to day. It may come as a surprise to some of you, but not all browsers are created equal, and while they all perform the same basic function, you may find yourself with a preference for one browser over another.
This is what we’re going to be talking about today; the different browsers, their benefits and why they may or may not be good for you.
A browser we’re all familiar with is the old faithful Internet Explorer. It has been a staple on all Microsoft computers since way back when, and is still being improved upon to this day. Since the vast majority of people are Windows users, and IE is the default browser, it tends to just get a lot of use by people who have no particular preference when it comes to their browser.
Best for: Those without a specific browser preference that are happy to stick to using the default Windows browser.
Edge is the new and improved default browser that comes packaged with Windows from Windows 10. In many ways, Edge is an improvement over Internet Explorer; it’s faster, more stable, and crashes a whole lot less. There’s not a massive amount of added functionality if we’re honest, but is a step up in terms of stability. It seems like Microsoft have finally woken up and taken note of people’s complaints with regards to Internet Explorer, and that can only be a good thing.
Best for: The same as above, since Edge is a default browser from Windows 10 onwards.
Mozilla Firefox is many people’s first foray into browsers outside of Internet Explorer. It’s more stable, more reliable, and offers a huge range of customisation features that aren’t found in other browsers. Firefox is also better for users privacy and security, not making money from users’ data (not something that many browsers can say with any real degree of truth).
Best for: People who want to customise their browser a bit more, and are into their security and browsing privacy.
Google Chrome is arguably hugely popular. At its core, it’s a no frills browser that doesn’t offer the all singing, all dancing experience that Edge and Internet Explorer try to. It’s very pared back in appearance, with everything you need to make use of it stashed away within the browser itself. Of course, if you’d like to do a bit more with your Chrome browser, you can add in extensions, such as the McAfee Virus Scanner and similar.
Of course, Chrome is the foundation of the Chrome Book, which gives you an idea of what you can expect from these little machines if you haven’t yet used one.
Best for: Those who want speed, additional extensions, and unparalleled syncing between different devices.
Tor offers you an unparalled private browsing experience. They ensure that your browsing activity is kept completely private, with information being bounced around a distributed network, ensuring that websites don’t have access to your physical location data (so you can access websites that may be blocked by your ISP or country), and anyone watching your Internet connection won’t be able to see what you’re looking at. The browser is also self-contained, portable, able to be used on pretty much any OS, and can be used from a USB flash drive.
Best for: Those looking for a high level of privacy, security.
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