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Which one should you use? Every person is different, and there is a browser out there to fit everyone’s needs. Even though Internet Explorer is the most widely used browser there are other alternatives that many feel have a lot more to offer the user. In 2009, Toptenreviews.com ranked the following the top 5 internet browsers: Mozilla’s Firefox 3.5 Firefox is great for someone who likes to customize. Users have the ability to choose from thousands of add-ons such as tools, themes, plug-ins, skins, entertainment, news, and extensions. Firefox utilizes the use of tabs so many sites can be opened up in the same browser window. There is a built-in spell checker and words or links can be dragged directly into a search bar. Private browsing allows users to browse without sites being added to the browser’s history. Firefox also offers session restore so if your browser closes unexpectedly, it will re-open to the same windows and tabs. Firefox is great for students too with the option to place notes on webpages . These notes are archived and make compiling notes or research a snap. Google Chrome Google Chrome is the new kid on the block, but is already making a statement. It’s easy to use tab browsing will give you suggestions as you type. Tabs run separately so if one crashes it will not affect the others and related tabs are grouped together for quick navigation. Applications can be opened in separate windows without toolbars so the user feels as if they are running software vs. a website. Google Chrome also offers an online task manager and the option for private browsing . The private browsing is unique in that one tab may be using normal browsing while another uses private. Internet Explorer 8 Internet Explorer is a leader is enhanced security. Parental controls can be customized to fit any families needs. Like Firefox and Google Chrome, Internet Explorer has the option of private browsing. Internet explorer uses a smart toolbar that offers suggestions based on previously viewed content. The help and support center is top of the line. Opera 9.64 Opera is very customizable and often tops the charts with it’s speed. It offers interactive voice commands and will even read text aloud to users. New applications do not need to be opened to download files and it is capable of syncing information directly to a mobile device. However, Opera does not offer parental controls and has compatibility issues with some websites as is it not one of the most used browsers. Safari 4 Safari 4 is steered towards Mac users, but is now available for PCs. It has a simple design that is similar to an Apple Touch. Safari is compatible with most sites and has a great help and support center that Apple users have grown to expect. The “top sites” most visited are compiled together as thumbnails for quick navigation. Safari is not concentrated on customization and does not provide a smart tool bar or parental controls.
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