Romi Carrell Wittman COLUMN
Romi Carrell Wittman
Browsers offer features to fit needs
Internet Explorer has been getting a lot of bad press lately. The venerable Web browser has come under attack by hackers who have found ways to exploit holes in its system.
This makes online transactions and other sensitive online matters more vulnerable to spying and theft. Although Microsoft, the creator of IE, is constantly developing patches and system improvements to address these problems, longtime IE users are becoming wary of using the popular Web browser.
Since Microsoft’s software and Web products are the de facto standard of the computing world, it’s no surprise that malicious hackers have targeted Microsoft’s products. And Microsoft has done a great job of addressing these issues as they come up.
Still, many people are turning to non-Microsoft products and Web browsers, ones that offer more security in online transactions.
Remember Netscape? In the early days of the Web, it was the little Web browser that could.
And, for a time, it looked like Netscape would become the industry standard in browsers. Then along came Microsoft. Microsoft cleverly bundled all its new home computer hardware with IE software, making it easy for users to get on the Internet … using IE.
Netscape looked like it might go the way of the dodo bird. Thankfully, it’s still around and offering a pretty good Web browser. Windows users can download the latest copy of Netscape at: http://channels.netscape.com/ns/browsers/download.jsp.
Mozilla at www.mozilla.org is fast becoming one of the more popular Web browsers. It’s loaded with features like built-in Bugmenot software (www.bugmenot.com), which generates logins and passwords for those Web sites that demand you to fill out all that annoying personal information. It also features tabbed browsing and pop-up blockers. It’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.
Opera, at www.opera.com, claims to be the fastest browser on earth. It also comes with built-in pop-up blockers, search features and an integrated Google system. Opera is available for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
Safari, develop by Apple for the Mac operating system, is another great browser. It features ironclad anti-pop-up software and a high level of online security. Mac users can go to www.apple.com to download a copy.
Can’t find a browser you like? Go to www.download.com and enter ‘browser’ in the search window. You’ll see a comprehensive list of available browsers, their operating system requirements and links to download the software.
Romi Carrell Wittman is a Tucson-based freelance writer. She has more than 10 years of experience in marketing, Web site strategy and corporate communications. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.