I use Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera.
Many security problems in IE are related to ActiveX controls, something Microsoft thought was a good way of turning programmers to the Internet
without moving away from Microsoft's tools like Visual Studio. ActiveX controls are really useful, if you can trust them (I converted a Visual Basic
6 program with some 6000 pages of code into a IE version in just two weeks), but the problem is that ActiveX controls run with the same security
permissions as the user that is using IE, so it makes it possible to have access to all the hardware, and that is obviously something very, very
In all the years that I have used the Internet (11 or 12, I don't remember it well) I never had a security problem with IE. Sometimes some sites may
want to install an ActiveX, but if you have IE properly configured (and that is one of the reasons to bash Microsoft, they publish their home programs
configure in a insecure way, server programs are a little better) IE will ask if you want to do it and you just have to say no.
IE7 on Windows Vista is much better than IE7 (and IE6) on Windows XP.
Firefox has some neat features, but it also has one thing that annoys me, the lack of a way of reloading just a image from a page. It's the best
To me, Opera is the best, it has all the things I need.
I started using it at a time when I still used a 33.6 modem, and having slow connection speeds, the possibility of turning on and off the images with
just one click was a very useful thing.
But after that they started having publicity on the top of the free version and I stop using it.
Now that they have returned to a completely free version I have been using it (and I am using it to write this), and it's much better than it was.
My favourite features are:
- Tabs; it's the program that has the best way of working with tabs, in my opinion, and it was the first to have them.
- Searches; we can create our own searches from any page that has a text box for searches (like ATS, for example), just by right clicking on the text
box and selecting "Create search..."
- Sessions; it keeps the tabs opened and all of the history for that page between sessions, we can close the browser while keeping the pages open, and
the next time we will use it the pages will open has we left them with all the history available.
- Notes; a very useful feature for people that do research on the Internet, just selecting some text or a URL, right-clicking and selecting "Add to
note" creates a new note. Notes are saved on disk and are independent from everything else.
- Paste & Go; a very useful way of navigating to a new page for which we have the URL in the clipboard, instead of Control+C to copy the URL to the
address box we can use Control+B to paste the URL and navigate immediately to it.
- Navigate to URL; selecting a URL or IP address from the text on any page, right-clicking and selecting "Navigate to..." opens that page.
- Open in new tab; much more versatile than the other browsers, Shift+clicking or Shift+Enter will always open the page in a new tab.
I use all of these features everyday, and that is why I keep on using Opera as my main browser.
The last Beta version (the one I am using) is also much faster, and is faster than any other browser, although I can not enjoy that speed because the
limitations of my home network (I have to rewire it someday...)
Edit to add: As I had some Internet problems I had some trouble concluding my post.
I think that you should use the browser with which you feel more confortable, I don't think that changing browser just because of some site is the
best way of doing things.
If you are carefull while browsing (and this applies to all browsers) you have a safe "browsing experience", like the marketing people like to say.
[edit on 14/6/2008 by ArMaP]