A lot of you out there have been asking about the different web browsers out there and what your best options are. Below are listed a detailed comparison of functionality, security, content, usability, and most important stability (“What do you mean I can't have 30 tabs open at once! Don't you know what year it is!”). So enjoy and I hope you can make a better informed choice of internet browser from my analysis.
In no particular order, I will start with Mozilla's Firefox browser. This is probably the most popular web browser out there, next to Internet Explorer and Safari (which come preloaded on all PC's and Macs). Firefox comes standard on most Linux distributions, and is favored among avid internet users for its feature rich functionality, seemingly endless user submitted plug-ins, and overall speed and stability. Firefox was the first to introduce tabbed browsing, which was truly revolutionary in today's ADD internet browsing world. Firefox is unique in that it truly listens to user feedback and tries to give the users exactly what they want in an internet browser. Ease of use, integration with favorite sites, and the ability to network and collaborate with friends new and old straight from your browser has really revolutionized the way many people use the internet, and what has made Firefox a favorite among users new and old. Mozilla has always considered themselves as a “public benefit organization” for internet users and under that mission strives to keep up with the most current security protocols and technologies. The most unique feature of Firefox is that it is completely open source, which means you have full rights to manipulate and recode the browser as needed. This ability to customize down to the bit (literally) makes Firefox a leading contender in the world of internet browsers and allows for a world wide security community to add to its overall superiority. Firefox is very user friendly straight out of the box (even though it doesn't ever come in a box). It is a fast browser, which is important to many internet users, and being the forerunner in tabbed browsing, it definitely leads the way in providing the most stable support for this feature. The plug-ins provided by literally thousands of people also offer a such an expansive variety of features you can customize almost every aspect of the browsing experience to be tailored to your specific taste (even the look of the browser itself!). From the beginning, Firefox has had a reputation for being more stable than other browsers. Being open source means it is able to be analyzed, reverse engineered, and tweaked by anyone with the skills to do so. I really feel like this has contributed greatly to Mozilla's success. That said, the stability of your browser greatly depends on your general practice as far as security on your computer. Having a robust AntiVirus and AntiSpyware security package on your PC or Mac is crucial to your overall experience online. I will be providing a How-To on PC security best practices soon. In closing,with features like AdBlock, BabelFish Instant Translator, and pretty much any social networking plug-in you can think of, it really covers all the bases. I have mentioned some of my favorite features here, but you can look up and download all you want by going to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/.
Internet Explorer comes with all PC systems running the Windows OS. Internet Explorer was actually initially planned on being dropped by Microsoft altogether with the release of Windows 7 due to dramatically declining usage since the emergence of competing browsers like Opera and Mozilla's Firefox. There is a lot to keep up with in today's ever changing internet world, from content to coding, and even just the way users themselves use and navigate the internet, and it seems it is all Microsoft can do to protect it's core Operating System. That said, Microsoft does attempt to strive to keep up, maintaining overall functionality and security. However, being the massive entity that it is makes it also the biggest target, so naturally it's also the most attacked and exploited. Probably the best thing about Internet Explorer is that since it's birth in 1995 Microsoft has done little to change its overall appearance, save it's most recent release of Internet Explorer 8. Although, I suppose you have to admit only going through 8 iterations in 15 years isn't too bad. With the little change, however, few add-ons have contributed to it's overall functionality. The latest release has included features like WebSlice, which allows you to view pieces of edited and updated websites from a newly modified Favorites menu. Internet Explorer's interoperability with the Windows OS and all other Microsoft products has been a core reason for it's continuing use. Home field advantage, however, does not seem to help it's popularity or it's reputation for glitching and crashing, especially with heavy tabbing. Although Internet Explorer 9 is in the works, supposedly with a broader range of compatibility and functionality, it is unlikely that it will ever be able to keep up with companies specifically focused on the web browsing experience.
The Safari web browser comes with all Macs and iPhones. It is available for Windows PC's as well, and is fairly popular among both Mac and PC users. Safari was a late bloomer, only coming out in 2003. There isn't really that much to be said about Safari. It does have a lot of really neat features such as VoiceOver screen reader which reads text on the screen for you and full page zoom, which is pretty self explanatory.An interesting side note on security, Safari was exploited during a security conference in 2008, making OSX the first OS to fall to a hacking competition taking place at the event. That's about all I have at this time. I will add more as I test new browsers. I am currently testing Opera and Maxthon2. Thanks for your time and support!