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Deciding Which Web Browser To Use

Update 2011-11-11: the web browsers market is moving at a very fast pace nowadays with some browsers coming out with new releases almost monthly (Firefox has gone from v4 to v9 in a few months during 2011, Chrome from v9 to v15 - so far - during 2011). For this we're holding off updating this area and provide a few links to general sources for your own research.

Browser Developer Supported OSs Notes PCMag
Review
Sep'09
PCMag
Review
Jun'10
Browsers
@ PCMag
(per Nov'11)
Mac Win Linux
Chrome wikipedia Google X X X   3.5 of 5 (v2.0) 4 of 5 (v5) v14: 4.5 of 5 (EC)
Firefox (FF) wikipedia Mozilla X X X   4.5 of 5 (v3.5) 4.5 of 5 (v3.6) v8: 4 of 5
Internet Explorer (IE) wikipedia Microsoft - X - Win-only 4 of 5 (v8) 4 of 5 (v8) v9: 4 of 5
Opera wikipedia Opera X X X   4 of 5 (v9.5) 3.5 of 5 (v10.5) v11.50: 4 of 5
Safari wikipedia Apple X X -   4 of 5 (v4) 4 of 5 (v5) v5.1: 4 of 5

General resources:

Specific resources:

 

 

 

Firefox - Our Favorite

For power users and developers, Firefox offers lots of capabilties. Includuding the feature of adding more functionality using add-ons.

See jandp.biz/is/apps/firefox for more on Firefox and recommended add-ons.

 

 

Add-Ons, Extensions, Plugins, Themes, ... - Extending Your Browser

 

Browser Add-ons
(Extensions)
Plugins Themes More
Firefox Yes Yes Yes  
Chrome Yes (v4) ?1 Yes  
IE Yes (v5) ?1 ? Don't care too much about IE
Safari Yes (v5) Yes yes

1 Assume yes but unsure of exactly how mechanism works, how to get new plugins, etc.

 

 

Mobile Devices Web Browsers

 

Platform/OS (Origin)  
Android (Google)  
iOS (Apple)  
RIM BlackBerry (RIM)  
Symbian (Nokia)  
Windows Mobile (Microsoft)  

 

 

 

Web Browser Security

Check your browser for security

Tips:

  1. Always try to use latest version of which ever browser you're using.
    I.e. make sure automatic updating is enabled. Or if not, download and install manually as soon as possble whenever a new version is available.
  2. Only enable features you're using / must have for your work etc. Disable the following if not required (e.g.):
    1. Flash - continuosly has a bad track record of security problems.
    2. JavaScript - this is more tricky, as many web sites require JavaScript to work properly (like our site).
    3. Java - maybe more for performance than security.
  3. Consider adding add-ons to improve privacy and security. Some example add-ons for Mozilla Firefox include:
    1. Adblock Plus -
    2. McAfee SiteAdvisor - safe searching and browsing
    3. NoScript - control which sites that may execute scripts

    >> Browse all in the Privacy & Security category. Note: this is NOT comprehensive and some add-ons may exist in other places (such as McAfee SiteAdvisor)
    >> Also see jandp.biz/is/apps/firefox for more recommended add-ons for Firefox.
     
  4. Be Careful Out There! Read URLs carefully for illicit redirections etc.