Ten years ago, Internet Explorer was the most widely used browser available, but today there are many options for your office computers.
What is a browser, you ask? A browser is software that retrieves and displays information from the World Wide Web—commonly known as the Internet. It is where you go to get information, to check your email, to check your banking information, and the list goes on and on.
Here are some pros and cons of free browsers you can use for your farm office:
Internet Explorer – Internet Explorer is the default browser of any computer purchased with a Windows Operating System. Pros: Ease of use and works with nearly all programs that rely upon browsers. Cons: Internet Explorer frequently has bugs and security issues.
Chrome – Chrome is a free web browser launched by Google in 2008. Pros: It is fast and has simple search. Cons: Some websites are incompatible with the browser, and the interface is much different than Internet Explorer.
Firefox – Firefox is a free web browser launched in 2002 by the Mozilla Foundation. Pros: Mozilla is fast and it also has excellent security features. Cons: Some websites are not compatible with the browser and the browser takes a lot of memory to run.
Safari – Safari is the default browser on Apple computers. Pros: Very fast and integrated with Apple computers and devices. Cons: The browser only works on Apple computers and devices, and has fewer customization options than its competitors.
If you decide to stick with your current browser as your primary conduit to the World Wide Web, I recommend you always have a second browser installed on your computer. With more than one browser installed, it is easier to troubleshoot and to determine if problems are specific to your computer, or if they are just a browser glitch.