With more and more people around the world connected to the Internet these days, there is no surprise many Internet browsers exist. These browsers are offered through many internet service providers in my area, offering the accessibility of surfing the web. Internet browsers act as one of the most important software packages on a computer and selecting one should be done by analyzing the most important features.
1. Interface and Visuals
Google Chrome’s interface comes with a clean and simple tab layout. The tabs can be unlocked from the top bar, creating a separate window for viewing. These tabs can also be arranged however the user wishes. On top of this, searching and navigating can be done from the same box.
Used mainly on Macintosh computers, the interface for Apple’s Safari is preferred mainly for developers due to its compatibility with Apple products. It also looks a bit out of place on Vista since it flows better with the glossy look provided by Apple. Also with Safari comes a supped-up RSS feed reader and better bookmark management. Unlike Chrome, Safari does not offer a multiple-usability search box.
Mozilla’s Firefox tabs can be found at the top of the browser just as Safari and Chrome. The bookmarks can be easily organized for simple locating. Application tabs, such as Twitter and Yahoo, can be integrated to Firefox’s “Awesome” bar as well. Tabs and windows are most easily opened with ease in just a single click.
Chrome situates itself to open quickly once launched on your Mac or PC. It can also run programs faster than the versions of Internet Explorer. However, it lacks up ability when put up against the newest Safari 5.0 in opening a single page window. Also, it has a tendency to freeze unexpectedly and crash, even though the developer’s error message says it’s “embarrassing.”
Safari is probably best in performance as it was able to pass the Acid 3.0 test by 100 percent the quickest among an independent test. This test surveys whether a browser is capable of performing CSS and animation tasks in a speedy and smooth manner. Safari crash protection is reliable as well thanks to HTML5 extensions and a more supported plethora of add-ons.
Chrome has an interesting feature known as Incognito Window, which allows you to search without the browser history archiving the visited pages. The feature also disables cookies, but is able to preserve bookmarks and downloads that take place. Be mindful however that malicious software and surveillance by agents can still occur under the Incognito feature.
Safari has a similar private browsing feature. By keeping browser history private, Safari does not remember a visited webpage, AutoFill information for frequently visited sites and does not archive the pages in the search history. It is a perfect tool to use for banking online or other websites when using a computer accessed by others.
Firefox’s security feature also includes the private browsing option as well as complete site erasing, where the user can delete every trace of a certain website that has been archived in Firefox’s memory storage. Instant Web Site ID, another unique feature, allows you to look into a site’s legitimacy before making a visit. This is especially useful when it comes to online shopping and I use it with the ‘internet service providers in my area’.
Note: This is a guest article by Ruben Corbo, a writer for the website Broadband Expert where you can find internet service providers in your area and compare prices on different deals for your mobile broadband needs.