The browser wars are in full swing as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome fight over the internet browsing public. While each individuals experience and satisfaction is partially based on their internet services and provider, each browser has benefits and drawbacks, but which one is the best of the best? With numerous ways to test each browser, from flash content to mobile compatibility, run some sites through each browser and make some loading time comparisons.
Internet Explorer is convenient but has had a bad reputation in years past because it was the most-used browser, consequently, it was also the most hacked, so it was full of security holes at any given time. The newer versions of Internet Explorer are not as bad as they used to be, but IE doesn’t beat out the others in any category other than convenience. Part of the reason it has so many users is because it comes with Windows and many users simply don’t know better.
Firefox hit the market as an alternative to IE and promptly became one of the best browsers available. But is it still top dog? Firefox has become bloated over the years as it is still deeply customizable with add-ons and extensions, but it isn’t quite as secure as it was when it was new. Higher market adoption means more focus on finding holes and exploiting them, so it can be a powerful browser, but is not without its flaws.
Google Chrome is the best browser available today, hands down. While every browser is roughly the same in terms of ease of use, Chrome has the overall best performance among popular browsers. It also offers a security feature called sandboxing, where every site you visit is isolated so it’s much harder to harm your system. What is the downside? Chrome is a Google product, which means it tries to integrate other Google products along the way, so if you don’t want to adopt Google entirely, or have something against the company, Chrome might not be the choice for you.
Opera is today what Firefox used to be, meaning it’s a small browser with low adoption, robust features and good performance. Opera may not be as fast or secure as Chrome, but it offers an excellent alternative to the big three browsers, as it’s well supported and responsive as well.
Safari is Mac’s version of Internet Explorer, more or less. As all Apple products go, it is easy to use and highly secure, but is not limited to Apple systems, as any user can download and use it. It suffers simply from having better competition available.
There are lesser browsers available as well, like Maxthon, for example, is a popular browser in other parts of the world, Deepnet Explorer is an interesting experience, but quite unsecure, and Rockmelt uses the Chrome engine, but lacks any form of support. Options are available for any user, but for the best overall browser, users should look towards Chrome.