1 Jun 05
A better way to browse the internet
The final phase in our quest for liberation from pop-ups and adware is to use a different browser. Despite its recent strides in security, Internet Explorer is riddled with security loop-holes. I've never liked Internet Explorer, but I used it for many years because I couldn't find anything better. Fortunately, times have changed. We now have several browsers that are more than capable of outperforming Internet Explorer.
My favorite browser is Opera. Now on version 9, Opera is packed with features you didn't know you needed until you tried them. Mouse gestures put many of the most common browsing functions at the flick of the wrist, speed dial gets you to your favorite sites quick, and identity protection keeps you safe. I love Opera's Note function, and it even accepts voice commands. There are many more features that you will have you wondering how you surfed the web without them.
Another new browser that is quickly gaining popularity is Firefox. Built on the Mozzila engine, Firefox has gained enough popularity in the short time since its release to keep Microsoft awake at night. I think the the popularity of Firefox stems from the fact that it looks and acts much like Internet Explorer, but doesn't have the security flaws. There is almost no adjustment period when you switch to Firefox because things are in familiar places. Google and the Mozilla Foundation have recently teamed up to promote Firefox.
One of the great features of Firefox is the availability of extensions. Extensions allow people to write new features into Firefox as they see fit. You can then download and install these extensions to get the same functionality on your computer. Some of the popular extensions add mouse gestures and themes to Firefox. I recommend you at least try Firefox for a week, and I bet you'll never want to switch back.
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26 Sept 07