People sometimes ask their IT people, "What is the best internet browser?" or "What internet browser should I use?" There is no simple answer for this. Each person tends to have a particular internet browser that they like and generally recommend it to their friends and family. I believe each browser has its own pros, cons, and quirks such that there is no single best. In fact, I often recommend each general web user to have 2 separate browsers using different engines.

There are four main types of browser technologies these days. The biggest one is the Microsoft Internet Explorer family of browsers. Internet Explorer comes standard with windows (unless you are in the European Union). Internet explorer is the most exploited browser by hackers, partially because it has the most market share, and partly because of its use of ActiveX objects. If a user is careful and practices good browsing habits, Internet Explorer is as safe as the rest. I recommend all windows users at least have this installed because there are plenty of websites out there that require you to use it. Microsoft is notorious for having their websites only work in Internet Explorer.

The next most popular browser out there is Mozilla Firefox. This is the successor to the Netscape heritage and is overseen by the Mozilla foundation. Firefox was the first browser to incorporate a system for third party vendors to develop extensions and add-ons for it. There are almost two million add-ons for Firefox already. There are many useful extensions ranging from extra browser security to developer tools. This is the browser I suggest for both Windows and Mac users. I personally use it as my main browser due to all the developer tools offered from third parties like Google.

The third largest group is the Webkit browsers. Webkit is a layout and application framework. The three browsers in this group we are going to talk about are Apple's Safari, Google Chrome, and Comodo Dragon. Safari is the default web browser that comes with Mac OS. Over the years Apple has put a lot of effort into Safari, making it a solid browser with a slick responsive interface. It has also been released for Windows users to download for free. The last two are based on the Chromium engine. Chromium is an open source engine developed by Google to use in Chrome and is well known for its V8 JavaScript engine which is blazing fast. Chrome is Google's foray into the web browser world and it made huge waves when it hit in 2008. Since its release, Chrome has had 5 major version updates and now incorporates third party extensions much like Firefox. Dragon is developed by Comodo, a name brand in the security sector. It has similar features to Chrome but adds an extra layer of security for SSL connections. to be honest, the name of it makes it worth using just by itself. I encourage Windows users to pick up one of these if they want a third browser and I recommend that Mac users stick with Safari as their main browser.

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If you have a lot of bookmarks on your Netscape Web browser, it is important to be able to transfer them easily to another Web browser. Fortunately, it's relatively easy to make the switch from Netscape to Firefox with your bookmarks intact.


Transfer Your Bookmarks and Settings to Firefox

 Download Firefox from the Mozilla Web site (see Resources below) if you decide that changing Netscape's appearance isn't enough.

Open a fresh browser window through Firefox.

Click on 'File' and then click on 'Import.'
Click on Netscape in the radio button options.

Click the 'Next' button to continue the process of importing your bookmarks and cookies.

Wait while Firefox loads your bookmarks and cookies from Netscape. Click on the 'Finish' button to complete this task.

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When you set Netscape as your default browser, you can take advantage of all the great new features, including security updates, new skins and updated spyware blockers. Setting Netscape as your default browser is simple to do and will benefit the efficiency of your browsing experience. You can change the skin of your Web browser to make it like either Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, making it even more versatile.


Things You'll Need

   PC with Internet access

    Download and Install Netscape

    Head to the Netscape main page to find the latest version of Netscape (see Resources below).

    Click on the button marked 'Free Download.'

     Click 'Save As' in the prompt window to continue with the download process.

     Click on the link of your Netscape 8.1.2 version after it has downloaded. You can locate this link in the   Netscape Download Manager.

     Click 'Next.'

     Read the Terms and Conditions of Netscape.

     Select the 'I Agree' radio button after reading the Terms and Conditions in your window.

    Enter your zip code into the designated field.

    Click 'Install' to begin the installation process.

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What You Should Know About Your Web Browser Before Surfing the InternetMany people are excited by the idea of venturing onto the internet. In fact, going online for the first time is relatively simple. It is no more difficult than installing a new piece of software. To connect to the internet you need a modem and an Internet Service Provider (ISP). You also need a web browser.

A web browser is a piece of software that allows you to access Web sites and navigate between them. Once your browser is set up, you can explore the fascinating world beyond. All web browser are the same in principle. They contain an address box, in which you type a web address, and an area in which web pages are displayed.

Every Web address is unique, in the same way that your telephone number is. It's helpful to think of a web address as a telephone number, whereby you dial the site's address to view it. Web address tells you that the site belongs to the World Wide Web.

Two of the most popular browsers are Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. If you bought your personal computer in 1999 or later, Microsoft Internet Explorer will almost certain have come pre-installed on your system.

Whether or not your personal computer came with its own browser, your internet service provider may also provide you with one in its start up kit. This could be Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator, but some ISPs, such as AOL and CompuServe, provide you with their own specialty designed Web browser.

You can have more than one Web browser, just as you can have more than one word processor or spreadsheet program. When your internet service provider software first loads, look for a button that says "Internet," "Browse the Internet," or something close to this. When you click on this it will start up your web browser ready to surf the internet.

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