Alright everybody, I am not really an I.T. person but I know some about computers ...... totally offpoint start.
Alright, I was reading on ZDNet, I am just now getting into it, sorry, lol. They were speaking about Firefox attracting more hackers to write malicious codes for making it easier to hack within a program. Well, we all know that all browsers have their security limits and what not.
So ....... in general, what would be your pick on the topic of your favorite type of browser? I created a poll with some of the top browser answers.
Here is some information for you to compare with all of the others (all descriptions courtesy of download.com descriptions):
Internet Explorer 6 - No description.
Avant Browser 10.0 - Avant Browser is a multi-window browser that allows users to browse multiple Web sites simultaneously and block all unwanted pop-up pages and Flash ads automatically. The integrated cleaner helps users clear all traces and maintain privacy. The built-in Yahoo/Google search engines enable users to search for Web pages, images, groups, directories, lyrics, software, and news on the Internet. Avant Browser provides options for blocking the download of Flash media, pictures, video, sounds, and ActiveX components, so users can efficiently use their bandwidth and speed up page loading. All opened pages can be easily stopped, refreshed, closed, or arranged with just one click
Mozilla Firefox 1.0 - Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured browser for Windows that makes browsing more efficient than ever before. Firefox includes pop-up blocking; a tab-browsing mode that lets you open several pages in a single window; integrated Google searching; simplified privacy controls that let you cover your tracks more effectively; a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser; and a number of additional features that work with you to help you get the most out of your time online.
Opera 7.54 - Opera is an Internet browser with a pop-up blocker, multiple-windows navigation, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, e-mail client with Spam filter, and integrated search all for user security and speed. The cross-platform browser includes a multitude of other functions such as integrated built-in e-mail client, IRC-compatible chat, support for RSS newsfeeds, password manager, one-click customization and privacy protection settings.
Mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts allow for accelerated Web navigation while the Fast Forward and Rewind buttons ease browsing. Users are able to run multiple windows as well as personalize the user interface with one-click skins. The browser also contains special elements for users with disabilities, drag-and-drop support, a notes function, user profiles, and a host of other features.
Opera supports the latest in security and provides password and cookie managers.
Slim Browser 4.03 - SlimBrowser is a tabbed, multisite Web browser. The recoverable pop-up killer identifies and blocks pop-up ads without killing a desirable window by mistake. A quick-search bar provides instant access to predefined search engines. Extensive support for skins lets you tailor Slim Browser to your own preferences. The AutoLogin feature automatically logs you in to predefined sites with one click. Script-error suppression eliminates annoying script-error dialogs. Internet Explorer toolbars can be seamlessly integrated with Slim Browser. Site groups let you open a series of sites all at once with only one click. Slim Browser provides special support for Web developers with a syntax-highlighted HTML/script editor and a batchable FTP uploader.
Netscape Browser 7.2 - In addition to high-speed browsing and instant-messaging capabilities, Netscape features one-click searching from the address bar; Quick Launch, which reduces the browser start-up time; Click-to-Search, which allows users to select a word within a Web page and search; improved instant messaging, including support for buddy icons, file transfers, and buddy alerts; and tabbed browsing, which allows users to view multiple Web pages in a single browser window. Netscape 7.2 offers improved pop-up blocking and enhanced security. New features include extended address-bar searching, enhanced tabbed browsing, improved downloading, and new printing options.
Mozilla Suite 1.7.5 - Mozilla features fully compliant standards support, including HTML 4.0, XML, CSS, and DOM, and is small, fast, and modular. Since its inception, Mozilla has been built as an open-source product, meaning the source code is publicly available. Mozilla's interface employs the standard browsing paradigm with Back, Forward, and Refresh buttons. It is skinnable, meaning you can download new looks for it. It features the ability to disable unrequested pop-up windows on Web sites. It also lets you open multiple browser windows and display multiple Web pages in a single tabbed window at the same time.
Now, mines in particular I am having a trouble deciding. It, for me, is a tie between Mozilla Firefox and Opera. Opera has more advanced features, built in mail system and notes and all of the good good stuff. But Firefox right now for me is super-fast. Although Opera has good speed, I ran some tests, you know, uploaded the same websites at the same time for 25-50 different websites, 75% of the websites loaded quicker on Firefox by less then 5 second increments, so there really is no problem. Also, Opera has some problems outputting dynamic HTML scripting, DHTML Scripts basically, but still is a nice setup theme in ways to make up for that.
My friend has Opera, so I am planning to purchase it when I get my new computer sometime this spring or this summer. If its good enough, I may even share the joy and buy 2-5 Opera's and use them for some contests or giveaways for DaniWeb. But for me right now, I am sticking to Firefox.
Lastly, if your wanting a super-fast internet browser with tabs and latest headlines and sleek design for FREE. Firefox is my answer. But if your wanting an GREAT browser with good speed, built in mail system and a good sleek designed layout with sessions to save, notes, and IRC Chatrooms for a small $39 price, then you are wanting Opera.
P.S. I read an article, cant find it, thats a shame, I wanted to show you to. It had an article in the Money section of USA Today back in December 2004 about, how what was planned for Firefox's future and much much more about the co-creator, forgot the guy name but he is only 23 and he was explaining about the future for Firefox and their security procedures and a built in hacker safe system with quicker website loading time and a anti-virus software that will alert when the browser has detected a virus download from the website, BEFORE you download it. Not sure, we'll have to wait and see and I'll keep looking for it.