View Poll Results: Which Browser(s) do you use regularly?
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Internet Explorer (any version)
Multiple Choice Poll.
Thread: IE vs The Alternative Browser
- 28th February 2009, 13:48 #11
Since reading JR's tips on speeding up FF, I have implemented them and trying out my speedy new FF! I did like the look of Safari 4 and whether it is good enough to leave FF remains to be seen.
I await Corrine's authoritative input on this subject.
- 28th February 2009, 14:36 #12Member
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- Nov 2008
Thanks for your reply James I too will wait and see what Corrine or Donna have to say before giving it a try. In the meanwhile I am sticking with with FF and next IE8 when it come out fully
- 28th February 2009, 17:27 #13
While IE is my default browser, I like to use IE based Maxthon as its truly feature-rich.
Some more browsers, jfyi :
Maxthon Browser - Full-Featured Browser
Lunascape Web Browser - The World's First Hybrid Engine Browser
KIDO'Z Browser - A browser made for kids
- 28th February 2009, 18:34 #14
I use Firefox exclusively. I have tried to go back to IE many times when new versions come out but I always go back to FF.
In fact, after I discovered the add-on IE Tab for FF I have deleted all desktop and start menu icons for IE. I never open it.
The ability to customize FF is just superior to anything else I have used.
- 28th February 2009, 19:04 #15
I agree that no browser is 100 percent safe from online threats, but I do like Firefox the best. I like the many extensions and add-ons available for FF. My favorites extensions are NoScript, image zoom, Location Bar2, Foxtab, and Adblock plus.
- 28th February 2009, 23:06 #16
Here like everywhere else there seems to be a big Firefox fan club. I have it installed but rarely use it. I find all those add-ons confusing and my FF is also quite slow. I use mainly IE and Opera plus World Browser (which is neat and fastest) and K-Meleon (which is somewhat special). Plus, for certain things I use AOL because it does things some of the others don't do (and it is also my main email server apart from 3 others).
- 1st March 2009, 01:25 #17
I used Phoenix followed by Firebird and now Firefox. With a dial-up connection, the old IE browsers were painfully slow on my old Windows 95 and Windows XP computers. It was on dial-up with Firefox that I managed to post over 10,000 responses on the old Lavasoft Forums in one year.
It would be very painful helping on the forums without some of the Firefox add-ons that I have come to depend upon, particularly those that have been developed by a member of the security community.
I also appreciate the customization of Firefox. Besides disliking toolbars (I know, that was another thread), when I am working logs I want as much screen space as possible. I cannot do this with an alternate browser.
More than the above reasons for my personal preference are the security features provided with AdBlock Plus and NoScript. Add WOT and common sense and I'm good to go.
All that is not to say that IE7/IE8 are not secure. There will be vulnerabilities with all browsers. IE is merely a bigger target. Windows Vista/Windows 7 with UAC on and IE Protected Mode provides a secure environment.
I have a personal problem with Apple software. As a result, I have no interest in trying Safari. Besides, I need my add-ons. Regarding Apple, I don't care for what I consider their foistware methods. I detest the way QuickTime tries to take over. A couple of articles Ed Bott wrote about his experiences:
Personal preferences aside, if you want completely safe, disconnect from the Internet and play games on your PC. Otherwise, regardless of your browser of choice, employ all the proper safety features (listed in no particular order):
- Security Updates on all software
- Firewall (+ router is even better)
- Antivirus software (scan downloads/email)
- Real-time protection
- Anti-Malware software
- Understand phishing
- Common sense (Ctrl + Shift + Esc to End Task pop-up/pop-under)
- 1st March 2009, 05:34 #18
No choice for me definitely IE
- 1st March 2009, 07:19 #19Member
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- Nov 2008
Thank you for your reply Corrine I shall take note of what you say. As everyone says no browser is 100% safe and we are all responsible for our own online safety, but there is also a responsibility of those who make browsers to make them as easy to use, and safe for the average user who may not be as fully aware of security issues as the members here are
- 1st March 2009, 10:37 #20
Thanks Corrine, that was the post I was waiting for.
It's so nice to have someone so well versed in PC Security here.