There are many different web browser options out there today that can be used on Windows and Mac computers. Like anything in life they each have their pros and cons. All of them will let you browse the internet, watch some videos on Youtube and keep up with your friends on Facebook. How they do all of these things can vary from browser to browser however.
So which browser do you use?
Many people use the browser their computer came with.
- If you use a Windows computer, odds are you use Internet Explorer (IE). It’s hard not to. It comes pre-loaded as part of Windows and is set as the default browser.
- If you use a Mac, you most likely use Safari. Just like IE it comes pre-loaded as the default browser on all Apple computers.
In case you didn’t know…Those aren’t your only options.
According to the global stats at statcounter.com, Google Chrome was the most popular browser for the month of March in 2014 with 24.22% overall. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer takes the next top two spots with IE11 and IE8. Firefox comes in at the 4th and 5th position, while Apple’s Safari comes in at the 9th position.
My browser of choice is Google Chrome. Sleek, fast, and easy to use. If you use any Google products like Gmail, Google Drive, Google+/Hangouts, or Google Voice, then this is the browser for you. Sign in to your Google account and you can sync your browsing over all of your computers and devices that are also logged into Google. Have windows open on your computer but need to leave? Open Chrome on your iPad and you can see all of the windows that are open on your computer and pick up where you left off.
Is your browser up to date?
No matter which browser you use it’s important to keep it up to date. Security is always an issue when you’re using the internet. Using the latest versions of web browsers helps ensure you also have the most up to date security measures incorporated into that browser. Besides security, if you’re still using an old browser you most likely aren’t getting the full experience a lot of websites have to offer. Take Internet Explorer 8 for example. According to the chart above, 8.53% of traffic came from people still using IE8; a browser which came out in 2009. Five years may not seem like much, but in the world of website design that’s an eternity. If you’re still using IE8, parts of webpages may be out of place or look strange, parts may not function properly, or you may not even see some of the most important parts of the page.
How do you install a different web browser?
Installing a different browser is no different than installing any other program. The websites for each browser make it really easy for you. Just visit their respective websites and they will have a convenient download link specific to your computer and operating system. We even put together a page for you with links to all of the major web browsers so it’s even easier.
So, if you want to make sure you’re secure and getting the best experience possible online, make sure your using the most modern web browser possible. Download a copy of Google Chrome to see why it’s my favorite browser, maybe you’ll like it too. You should also check out Firefox, my second personal choice for browsers.