Pros and Cons of Popular Web Browsers

by | August 4, 2014

Everyone has a favorite web browser. Macbook users might be accustomed to Safari, while a PC user may prefer Google Chrome or Firefox. Then there are those who still swear by Internet Explorer. Given these diverse options for delivering web content, here are some pros and cons of each browser:

Google Chrome: Google Chrome is a relatively accessible browser that has many advantages, including a feature that allows the user to close slow or frozen pages without restarting the entire browser. Google Chrome also has a translation feature, which means that if a user runs across a page written in a foreign language, Google Chrome recognizes the language and will offer to translate it in a matter of seconds. The translations are executed through Google Translate, and while that may not always provide the best translation, it can give a basic gist of the content. In addition, there is no need to restart the browser each time a new app is downloaded. While Chrome’s array of precise tools may allow users pinpoint control, this combination may not make for the prettiest browser out there.

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Firefox: Firefox has a huge library of available add-ons for download – more so than any of its major competitors. This allows the user unrivaled browser customization. But beware: the default minimalist aesthetic can quickly give way to a barrage of add-ons, causing Firefox to run slowly. Firefox also allows users to save frequently used pages like Gmail or Pandora as permanent tabs. One of the browser’s biggest flaws is its slow load time on image-heavy pages.

Internet Explorer: While Internet Explorer can be a bit on the slow side, may not have a lot of features, and is not always the easiest to use, it does have great security features. Internet Explorer allows the user to block sites from cataloguing browsing habits. The security panel also allows the user to block sites individually or to rely on a Microsoft-assembled list of sites with a history of tracking users.

Safari: Safari comes as the pre-loaded web browser on all Apple products, such as the iPhone and iPad. While this means that Safari is integrated into the Apple experience, it’s not so great for Microsoft products and lacks customization options. Like Explorer, Safari benefits from immense security features. Safari has default pop-up blocking, which can help enhance a user’s browsing experience. In addition, Safari makes private browsing easy. With the press of a button, the browser blocks all cookies and allows the user to explore the Internet without fear.

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Apica Product Team