It's a more secure browser than IE, as it doesn't use ActiveX comtrols
, but Java
Also, if a security flaw is discovered (which doesn't happen often)
, it's usually fixed within a few days, as opposed to the months you have to wait for an IE security patch.
In most instances, you will find Firefox to be a faster browser than IE, especially if you employ pipelining.Firefox Web Browser - Pipelining
The reason it's faster is because Firefox doesn't come pre-loaded with a bunch of features you don't need.
You can run Firefox as lean, or as bloated as you want with the use of extensions, which allow you to customize it the way you
want it, not the way someone else thinks it should be.Enhancing Firefox with Browser ExtensionsExtensionsNOTE:
When adding extensions I'd advise adding one at a time, try it for a couple of days, and if no problems arise, add another.
Sometimes extensions have been known to cause problems, due to incompatabilities, or corrupt downloads.
If you install them one at a time, and test it, it's easier to troubleshoot if one starts causing problems.
Firefox also makes use of a feature called, tabbed browsing, which I really like.
When opening several links at one time, instead of having several windows open, you can open the links in tabs, in the same window.
I've had as many as 30 links open at the same time in one window.
This way, instead of navigating between several open windows to view your open links, you can just click on the tabs to switch between your different links.
You don't have to uninstall IE to use Firefox, or any other browser.
You can use as many browsers as you want, at the same time.
Some times I'll have IE, Firefox
, and Opera
all open at the same time.
In fact you can't get rid of IE, as you have to use it
to get Windows Updates.
I've been using Firefox for several years (since it was known as Firebird)
, and wouldn't go back to IE for any
I think once you get used to using it, you'll feel the same way.
Give it a try, you have nothing to lose.
If you don't like it, just uninstall it, that easy.
You can find other alternative browsers here, under the Web Browsers
heading:Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps
Try as many as you want, and see which you like best, as they're all free.
For me, if I had
to choose just one, it's Firefox, all the way.