THE BEST WEB BROWSERS

What’s the best way to browse the web? The four favorites are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.  Readers have asked us why we prefer Chrome.  It’s mainly because the address bar is also the search bar, so it’s faster to do searches.

But it’s also because we’ve become used to it.  We can hold down the “CNTRL” key and tap the “h” key to see a history of where we’ve been on the web. We can hold down “CNTRL” and the “j” key to see everything we’ve downloaded.  If we hold down the “CNTRL,” “SHIFT” and tap “B” we can see all our Bookmarks.

There are a number of other web browsers, and you can roam among them at will:

Flock, for example, is a social web browser.  It keeps you up-to-date with your Facebook and Twitter friends. You can use it to share web pages, photos, and video, update your status and make comments from anywhere on the web.

Opera is mainly known for its speed. It’s very popular in Europe and on phones. It has an app called Opera Unite for sharing large files. Something about its look never appealed to us.

Maxthon is light and won’t take up much of your computer resources. Similarly, K-Meleon is an extremely fast, customizable, lightweight web browser.

Some browsers, like iCab, (for Mac only) aren’t free. ICab costs $20 but claims to have features that Safari, the free Mac browser, doesn’t.  There’s a limited use free version, and the mobile version is $2. You can find still more browsers if you Google the search: “list of browsers.”

You can safely install as many browsers as you wish, and use each one as often as you wish. They do not interfere with each other.

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