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Tech Tuesday: What’s Your Favorite Web Browser?

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Most computers users have a preference for the web browser they use. While most Windows users tend to gravitate towards Internet Explorer and most Apple users tend to gravitate towards Safari, there are more choices out there for you to use and get the most out of your web browsing experience. Let’s look at some of the more popular web browsers out there and why you should consider finding a favorite.

What Web Browser is the Most Popular?

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Opera are the five most popular web browser on the market. Chrome and Firefox often fight for the largest market share of browser choice, with Chrome coming in the lead in most cases. Firefox, Chrome, and Opera run on the same open-source engine, allowing others to tweak and develop their own browsers. Safari is Apple’s proprietary browser, which also runs on an open-source platform although not used as frequently.

Internet Explorer, believe it or not, is still in use by over 20 percent of internet users, mostly because it comes pre-packaged with Windows. It’s set as the default browser, which some just never change as they begin to use the Windows OS of their choice. IE, as it’s become known, is a laughing stock among most computer savvy consumers because of the lack of functionality, security loopholes, and performance issues. While Windows 10 has introduced Microsoft Edge, the IE killer is slowly becoming better when compared to the likes of Chrome and Firefox.

What Web Browser is Right for You?

When it comes to an internet browser, it comes down to personal choice. For some, Chrome might offer the functionality and performance that makes browsing easy; for others, IE might be simple enough to get the job done without bells and whistles distracting you from your favorite websites. For Apple users, Safari has become the go-to because it’s built specifically for iOS versus other browsers on the market. Opera has gained popularity for offering functionality like Chrome and Firefox with a minimum system impact.

When it comes to choosing a web browser, it takes some time and playing around with each one to determine what is right for you. Look into each browser and what it can do. From there, play with it for a few weeks and see how it feels. The great thing about your web browser is you can often export your information, import it into a new browser, and see what it can do for you until you find the right one.