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Which browser is best?

The anwser to this is not that simple.  You see it depends on what you want your browser to do so lets take a look at what your main options are:

1. Microsoft Internet Explorer 9

Plus: A lot more secure than previous incarnations.  IE 8 adheres to internet standards rather than just ignoring them.  It is good at identifying potential harmful sites and offers the user a private browsing mode.

Minus: Although IE 9 is more secure than previous incarnations it still has a lot of room for improvement compared to its rivals.  Compared to Firefox there is not the breadth and choice of customising.

2. Firefox

Plus: With Firefox you can customise almost any part of the browser by using add -ons.  Most modern browsers now use add – ons but in this respect Firefox leads the way.  It is also very easy to use and is secure.

Minus: Firefox does have a tendancy to use up a lot of your computers resources when you have lots of tabs open.  This can make it slow and prone to crashing.

3. Opera

Plus: Many of the features found on other browsers where pioneered on Opera.  The main feature of Opera at the moment is Opera Turbo.  Web-sites are compressed before they are loaded which allows them to load faster.  This works especially well on slower internet connections.  The interface is also minimalistic and uncluttered.

Minus: Because Opera is not used by a lot of people (relatively speaking) some websites have not be tested with it (e.g uploading pictures onto ebay).

4. Chrome

Plus: Developed by Google to be the fastest browser on earth Chrome is faster than any of its rivals.  It has a very  minimalistic interface (similar to Opera) and is a lot less crash prone than its rivals (especially Firefox).

Minus: Users coming from IE8 or Firefox will find the interface confusing (lack of bookmarks etc)

5. Safari

Plus: Focuses on usability.  Very quick with a stylish interface.

Minus: Very little in the way of customising available.  Can slow down and crash under heavy use.

There you have it.  There are more browsers on the market but here we have covered just the main 5.  Each of the browsers has its merits but also its pitfalls.  For my money I use Chrome because I like the interface and its speed, however the choice is yours.

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