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Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:46

Web Browsers

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A web browser is a software used to access the internet. It is the link between a user and the internet. A browser fetches the information from the internet, with the help of the URL that we provide, and displays it to the user. Most people are familiar with the “Big Five” in the browser industry: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. Although each of them have their pros and cons, 95% of the population uses one of these browsers. One may wonder what makes them so popular, when there are many other options available in the market. It is perhaps the ease of use, the easy availability and the fact that most of these are customizable with various add-ons and extensions that have made them so popular amongst the internet users.

People choose a browser that best suits them depending on many factors. When choosing a browser, the user may consider things such as overall experience, compatibility with most websites, the speed or customizability. Each of the major browsers differ slightly in these aspects. If speed and fast search results is your main concern, Chrome is your go-to browser. The fastest browser yet, it continues to improve its speed with every version, though it might lag in convenience and customizability. Latest version of Internet explorer is compatible with Windows PCs is high on customizability; however, it has lost most of its market share to faster browsers. Firefox too is not behind in both aspects: speed and customizability. It has a speed search option as well as a search bar tailored to your preference.

Apart from these obvious choices, you may want to go for one of the non-mainstream browsers that are specialized for a particular task. For frequent online gamers, ‘Coowon is designed with online gaming in mind with multiple windows to log into different game accounts and an option to increase in-game speed. If you are especially concerned with your security and privacy, ‘Whitehat Aviator’ might be something you may want check out. It doesn’t collect any private data, and opens in an Incognito mode by default. There are similar browsers which speed up downloads or have a better organization of data. These alternate browsers don’t have to replace your primary browser but can be used depending on your requirement.

Choosing the best browser depends highly on your personal preferences. From the various options available, each have their distinct advantage. Whether you prefer compatibility over speed, or customization over compatibility, you can find a browser that suit your need. However, you can also have the option of keeping a secondary browser for more specific tasks.

Summary:

A browser presents the information from the internet. The big five competitors exist in the market due to their speed, compatibility and customizability among other features. Other options for secondary browsers exist as well. Choosing the best depends on your preferences at the end of the day 

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