Which Web Browser Is the Best One for You?

April 27, 2016 The TNS Group

It is an easy observation that computers are at the focal point in our lives. We use computers to pay our bills, further our knowledge, stay entertained, and even socialize with childhood friends.  So, how do we gather this information?  At the core, we need a program to process and interpret the data gathered. This program is broadly known as a Web Browser. Currently, there are four major web-browsing programs available.  These are Internet Explorer (Edge for Windows 10), Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari. There are people who love using each of these browsers but what makes them different?  Here are the pros and cons of each browser:

Internet Explorer:

Pros: Functionality, default browser for Windows operating system device, easy use, one of the most frequently used, offers Microsoft help support.
Cons: Compatibility issues between version upgrade breaks legacy software, major security holes and prone to being hacked.

Mozilla Firefox:

Pros: Versatility, available for Windows, OSX and Linux, very secure with the ability to sync between major mobile device platforms.
Con: Uses a lot of resources.

Google Chrome:

Pros: Very secure browsing and synchronizing capabilities and allows you to customize your browser with the ability to access these customizations from any computer.
Cons: No longer supports java, lacks speed and is very resource hungry.

Apple Safari:

Pros: Launch and page-load times are quite good, if you use multiple Apple products the built-in integration and sharing are convenient features.
Cons: Lacks customization, doesn’t always work well on windows.

While most of them have many items in common, the small specific differences are where people start choosing sides.  I find that Firefox works the best for me. It is versatile enough, with plenty of security that would allow me to use it for the foreseeable future without needing to go to a different browser. Firefox supports Java plugins; which Google Chrome has recently stopped supporting. Internet explorer is a legacy with its end-of-life that took place on January 12, 2016 and Edge is only available if you upgrade to Windows 10.  Still not sure which browser is best, reach out to your Managed Services Provider (MSP) to get your questions answered.

If you are like most people, you have been using the same browser for many years now but times have changed, updates have been made, and there are quite a few options that you should check out.  There is no way to determine which browser will work best for you without giving them each a try.  Browse the same sites, run the same plug-ins, and test out accessibility and usability of each browser on all the computers you use on a regular basis (phones included).  By doing this you can determine which browser works best for your regular usage and hopefully become a bit more productive and much more of an educated user.  Contact The TNS Group to gain a greater understanding of which browser will work to your benefit.

By:  Carlo Mendez Engineering and Chris Carlson, Client Services, The TNS Group