Choosing a web browser that gives you the best browsing experience can be confusing and frustrating. The four well-known browsers – Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari – are more or less similar.
As each company releases updates, differences among browsers become less distinct. While one browser may load photos a bit faster, another browser may be more accessible through toolbar tabs. Because of the similarities, your browser choice is less important than installing updates when they become available.
When choosing a browser, you should evaluate and compare:
- Security (Internet browsers should protect against pop–ups, viruses and phishing frauds and allow you to clear personal information so you can feel confident while online) and
- Special features
A GSMArena study, comparing browser performance, found that Google Chrome outperformed all other browers, with Internet Explorer lagging behind in most benchmarks. However, the difference among browsers was insignificant for most consumers. The following table lists some of the strengths and weaknesses of these browsers.
|Safari 5||Opens fast
Uses little RAM (Memory)
Simple to use
|Doesn’t have many special features (extensions and add-ons)||Best for someone who constantly opens/closes the browser, and wants a fast internet surfing speed, without the bells and whistles|
|Firefox||Many special features
Large collection of extensions and plug-ins
Best viewer for large amounts of Flash content
|Takes longer initial loading time||Best for someone who uses the web for a long period of time once a day, or someone who likes to view Flash material.|
|Google Chrome 6.0||FastSupports many features and plug insExcellent integrated search featureIntegrated history and book marking capabilities||Websites may break because some developers test only on IE||Best for people who want to juggle many windows filled with code|
|Microsoft Internet Explorer 8||Because of its market stability, many CEOs still use IEWorks with most websites||Improved security, but still vulnerable to attacks because of interface with ActiveX|