Computer enthusiasts, who regularly visit the internet, have one question that lingers in their minds. They frequently want information on the best browser for their internet browsing experience. The year 2011 has seen remarkable improvements in four major browsers. Each ground breaking technology that comes to Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Internet explorer, is quickly replicated in other tiers of competing browsers.
Initially, Chrome was designed to be good at running web applications, and had a much faster architecture than the rest. As soon as it was launched, it quickly took the lead as the best browser. The interface of Chrome was uncluttered, and had less dialog boxes, which minimize distractions. Predictably, the competition did not lag behind.
The three main comparisons that people make, involve performance, privacy, and security. Internet explorer, Chrome, and Firefox, will be compared based on these three factors. Opera has relatively less users than the other browsers but, is a definite contender for the top spot.
• When attempting to determine the best browser, performance is a key factor to consider. It increases the productivity of the user, by reducing time wastage. Each of the browsers has an area in which it performs better than the other browsers. These are called their areas of strength. In essence, it boils down to what the user does most frequently, with his/her browser. Chrome is a good performer for web applications, but has certain minimal distractions. Firefox has good performance for users with less than 2GB of RAM. It has many appearance, and performance customizations, that are available to the user. It also boasts of the biggest network of developers, who work to consistently improve its functionality. Internet explorer 9, though considered to be the fastest browser Microsoft has ever made, still lags behind in terms of performance. It is however not far behind, and has been catching up with the other browsers recently.
• Privacy is another feature to consider in a browser. Most times, people visit websites on the internet, and provide sensitive pieces of information in websites. These include passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive data. All the browsers offer the function to delete all this information after you end the browsing session. The only difference in this regard, is the varied names used by the designers of the browsers.
• One of the most important factors used to determine the best browser, is its functionality in the area of security. Internet threats that affect browsers are mostly, phishing sites and malware. In order for a browser to be considered as the best browser, it has to have the capacity to protect the user’s computer, and personal information, from various forms of cyber threat. Internet explorer has a phishing filter, and protection against malware. Firefox also has similar technologies. Google has a revolutionary technology known as sandboxing. The technique creates an isolated environment in which the browser operates, keeping the user’s computer safe from lots of malicious threats.
By now, it is should be clear that no single browser will be awarded the crown. This article has however highlighted the major points that might help in your decision making. Identifying the best browser depends on the usage pattern of any particular user. However, most modern browsers have revolutionary technologies that make web surfing, an enjoyable affair.