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Browser Wars

Dean Nicholas - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Internet browsers are among the most commonly used programs on any Personal Computer or smartphone. They provide a window into the World Wide Web; but with so many choices which one do you choose? Gone are the days when there were limited choices and today there are several options to choose from. Arguably though, the major contenders are Google’s Chrome, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari.

If you purchase a Windows computer it will undoubtedly come with Internet Explorer pre-installed and if it is an Apple computer then your primary option is their Safari. But as stated above there are other choices to consider. Below we will take a look at the pros and cons of some of the most popular Internet Browsers available, to help make the choice easier.

Google Chrome


Google’s browser is supported on almost all computers and smart phones available. You name it; they have found a way to make it work.


With Chrome’s simple layout it is very easy to navigate to websites and view only the information you want. The tab feature also grants users the luxury of choosing to separate each website they browse while having only one window open. This gives the user more control when doing research that requires more than one page. With chrome’s search, address bar and page navigation buttons integrated, we find it to be more organize. Most people don’t venture into the settings of their Internet Browser, but if needed there is a simple menu button available at the top right. Users will immediately notice the simple approach to their browser experience and this provides excellent ease of use.


In an effort to make the browsing experience user friendly and comfortable, Chrome offers a customization feature in the Menu options that allows users to change the background of the browser as well as the colour and look of the navigation buttons. A simple feature but it can possibly make a user’s experience worthwhile.


The tab feature, although available on many other browsers, is implemented in a different way with this browser. Each tab becomes its own computer process and prevents the entire browser from crashing even if one of the tabs becomes unresponsive. It is a distinct feature that can definitely be a deal breaker for some users. If you are a tab person, this can be a bit of a hindrance if you open a large number as each tab’s resources combined take up a significant amount of computer memory.


With the world becoming more aware of security breaches, security should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Chrome is designed to keep you safer and more secure on the web with built-in malware and phishing protection, auto-updates to make sure you have all the latest security fixes, and more. For example, when you navigate to a website suspected of phishing or containing malware, the internet browser displays a warning which alerts the user to the threat and provides an option to decline access to said sites.

Overall Google Chrome is rated as the number one browser by toptenreviews and is a strong offering from Google.

Mozilla Firefox



Firefox's interface is in line with the trend started by Chrome where less equals more, less space taken up by the browser frame and controls and more space for Web pages. The page tabs have moved above the address bar, and as with Chrome there's just a single menu option in the form of the orange Firefox button at top left. You can re-enable the standard menus by hitting the Alt key. Firefox's new-tab page has tiles for most-accessed sites on the new-tab page, and includes lots of settings on its default home page. As in most other browsers like Chrome, you can customize what's on these thumbnails (tabs), and they shrink and enlarge as you resize the browser window, so you will never be limited to the amount of tabs that can be opened simultaneously. You can also remove sites and pin and unpin them to the new-tab page. But you can't specify which sites to include: They're chosen by frequency of your visits. Firefox is one of the last remaining browsers to still use separate address and search boxes, which is good for those who like to keep those two activities separate. That doesn't mean, however, that a search won't work in the address bar. There is also a tool pioneered by Firefox and copied by all other browsers, which drops down suggestions from your history and favorites whenever you start typing. Another tweak is that when one of its suggested sites is already open in a tab, you can click on a "Switch to tab" link, preventing you from opening more tabs unnecessarily; both tweaks are useful in my opinion.


The Firefox web browser has managed to stand out from all its competitors with its integrated web search option. This allows for users to select their favorite search engine such as “google, bing or yahoo” to perform a search directly from the web interface.


The internet has proven that it is a very essential tool in this technological era with that in mind, we have to be mindful that it has its advantages and disadvantages. The web is a wonderful place to search for products and services and to stay in touch with family and friends, the downside to this is if a user has an outdated browser a hacker can install unwanted harmful software, steal sensitive information and other malicious attacks. The Firefox team is committed to improving its browser on a constant basis in resolving known security threats and flaws reassuring users that the browser is safe to use. Firefox also has an added security feature that allows user’s passwords to be encrypted using a master password.

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