Are you looking for the best way to access the Internet? If so, you’ll need to choose a web browser.
Your web browser is the piece of software that you use to access web content. Ten years ago the likelihood is that you’d have accessed the web using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the browser’s market share peaked at over 95 per cent in 2002.
However, there is now a great range of browsers for you to choose from. Keep reading to learn more about what to look for when you choose a browser.
Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome – the big three
According to data from Net Applications, Internet Explorer remains the most popular web browser in the world. It had a 54.1 per cent share in May 2012 compared to 19.7 per cent for Firefox and 19.6 per cent for Google Chrome.
Many people don’t give much thought to their browser and simply assume that all browsers will provide great access to online content. However, the features of browsers vary significantly and so we look next at what you should consider when choosing a browser.
Choosing a browser
There are three main factors to consider when choosing a new browser:
· Speed – the time it takes to load web pages can vary from browser to browser. Often, this depends on how much of your computer’s memory they use.
· Security – each browser offers differed levels of security and protection against phishing and malware.
· What you use the web for – as each browser offers different features and add-ons, some are more suitable for accessing music and video while others are better suited to shopping or e-mail.
When choosing a browser it’s useful to try one or two options to see which one suits your Internet usage the best. Indeed, some people use more than one web browser for different purposes.
Overall we use and recommend Firefox for the best combination of the factors above
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