“Are You Really Using Internet Explorer?”

I am sure at some point you have experienced the self-proclaimed computer whiz arrogantly comment on another’s use of Internet Explorer as their web browser.  Then they most likely gave a vague explanation of how Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is soooo much better.  Well I am here to sort this mess of a war out and decide once and for all the best browser.

Let’s first start on what the web browser actually does for you.  The browser is an application that takes computer code from a webpage and translates it onto your screen as a display.  The code can contain text, photos, videos, and audio files.  Each browser has a different way of deciphering the code and displaying the webpage to you.  More recently though, there is very little difference in the display of webpages by different browsers.  The main areas of concern when choosing between browsers are simplicity, speed and security.

The three most used web browsers in their respective order are Google Chrome, Internet Explorer (IE), and Mozilla Firefox.  Chrome and Firefox are available for free downloads on their websites, while IE requires a purchase of Window’s operating system.  Chrome has been the leader of simplicity by using a very minimalistic interface.  Firefox and IE have jumped on the bandwagon and both cleaned up their interfaces to keep it simple.  Firefox allows a lot more freedom with changing the interface, outside of color and font, through extensions available for download.  IE is still behind in the overall appearance and usability of its interface.  Firefox is seen as the innovator of add-ons as they are continually shelling out new extensions and apps for their browser service.  Chrome is not very far behind while IE is in the back of the pack.

Speed is what gives Chrome the measurable competitive advantage over all other browsers.  Chrome is easily the fastest browser in startup speed and navigation speed, according to toptenreviews.com.  IE is second in the category ahead of Firefox.  Security is what IE excels in as it contains built in security from Windows.  IE also has phone and email support if users run into any problems.  Chrome and Firefox have both been improving in this category with each update they come out with.  They both offer add-ons that can take care of any of your security needs, though.

No matter what browser you use, you will experience the same internet.  While Chrome appears to be the best option for speed and simplicity, it all depends on what browser you are comfortable with using.  Or you are free to download Chrome or Firefox and become that ‘computer whiz’ that doesn’t use Internet Explorer.

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