Last week, Google was the victim of intellectual property theft at the hands of a group of sophisticated Chinese hackers. It is unclear who was responsible for the malicious attack, but Google is now considering exiting the Chinese market. Following the attack, the governments of Germany and France issued warnings to citizens to stop using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser. The notice was issued because the attack on Google was a result of a bug in Internet Explorer. This is not the first major security flaw discovered in Internet Explorer’s code, and it probably won’t be the last. In addition to its security flaws, Internet Explorer has several other shortcomings that make it one of the worst browsers available.
Internet Explorer currently has the largest user base of any Internet browser. This is in part because it ships pre-installed with any Windows operating system, which controls about 90 per cent of the home computer market. Many less-advanced computer users – like former senator Ted Stevens, who claimed the Internet is a series of tubes – view Internet Explorer as the only way to access the Internet. Like all browsers, Explorer is only responsible for translating your requests into computer-level requests, and translating the Internet sites into something you can read.
The browser you use is your choice, but I would suggest thst you do a bit of research before deciding to make the switch.
Firefox: Firefox is best known for extensive add-ons to let you do just about anything inside of your web browser, such as incorporate social networking directly into the browser and automate downloading tasks. Firefox was the first major web browser to feature tabbed browsing, as seen in any browser today. Firefox currently has a 25 per cent market share.
Safari: Apple’s web browser ships with all Mac computers, and was ported to Windows in 2007. Like most Apple products, it focussed more on the user interface and good looks rather than strong performance. Nonetheless, it is a strong browser, and easily passes ACID3.
Opera: Opera is a very feature-rich browser, supporting chat and email clients, mouse gestures, themes, speed dial, notes, and turbo, to name a few. While Opera’s mobile distribution is the most popular on smart phones, its desktop variant only has about one per cent market share.
Konqueror: Konqueror is one of Linux’s main browsers. Konqueror is fairly quick and it doubles as a fairly good file manager, similar to Windows Explorer.