A web browser is the software programme that allows you to visit and view web pages on your computer. Traditionally most people have used Microsoft Internet Explorer; it is still the most used web browser in the world due to it being packaged into most computers purchased running on windows.
Recently EU regulations has ordered that Microsoft offer a choice of browsers, so this means that anyone buying a new computer will have the choice of using the following instead of having to use the pre-installed Internet Explorer.
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
All of the above browsers are now an option for new users however they have always been available as a free download its just with Microsoft’s dominance not many users have known a lot about them.
Safari will be known to all Apple Mac users as this is traditionally the pre-installed browser. Safari is also available to Windows users again as a free download.
My advice to anyone looking at web browsers is to download and test all of them as it really is a personal preference, in a recent study of web browsers Mozilla Firefox came out on top and Internet Explorer last.
As with any software all web browsers differ, some are quicker than other, some offer options such as quick bookmarking and customisable looks. One of the big plus points of any web browser is security, the securest for me is Mozilla Firefox as any problems seem to be fixed very quickly without the user ever really knowing.
Please do test all of the web browsers as the downloads are completely free and you may just find a better alternative to the one you are currently using. My recommendation is Mozilla Firefox as this for me offers such a wide range of choice to the user as well as speed and security, however that is just my preference as others browsers can be simpler and faster depending on your own browsing needs.