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Firefox Vs. Internet Explorer

Too often I have had a friend, or a friend of a friend, contact me asking for help with a computer problem. Usually this has to do with viruses getting into their system because of poor protection. I also get complaints because of slow internet, and decreased system performance. To all of these, there is a simple answer: Firefox.Firefox

Firefox is the brainchild of Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross. They wanted a browser that was not proprietary and closed off to the public. They believed that an open sourced-model for a browser would promote a community to benefit itself by making and maintaining add-ons for the program. They were more right than they imagined. Firefox is now the leader of innovative and powerful feature-rich browsers. Many of it’s competitors see what it offers, and copies the features to win over Firefox fans.

But now down to what we all want to hear, what does Firefox offer that IE doesn’t? Here is a list of things:

1) Open Sourced Programming

In the world of big business, most companies prefer to keep their source code closed off to the public. Microsoft does this with IE. With Firefox, you can get a multitude of good add-ons. And with the community as devoted as it is, YOU CAN GET ANY INTERNET EXPLORER FEATURE YOU WANT WITH FIREFOX.

Friends dont let friends use IE2) Security

If you use Firefox, you can be assured of your safety. It offers multiple niceties including: effective pop-up blocker, malware shield, flagged website warning, and data encryption options to name a few. IE claims to have the most secure browser, but if you do a simple Google search, you continually get these and these. Also, with IE being the most widely used browser, it is the most targeted by hackers and virus writers.

3)  Speed

In the most recent release of IE, Microsoft claims that it loads pages faster than Firefox. An interesting thing to note is that this test was made just after installing, which doesn’t take into account the massive amount of slowdown Internet Explorer experiences over a very short period of time. Also, it’s easy to see why IE 8 can be so fast, it’s stripped down to the bare bones of security and features.

There are many other issues involving the two browsers. However, the gist is stated here. Questions, comments? Leave them below.

-Trenton Stahl

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

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