Which Web Browser – Safe Surfing

There are a lot of topics in the realm of the internet and computers which can spark heated debates between computer techs.  I like to call them “Ford vs. Chevy arguments” because, in the south at least, there are lots of guys who like one and despise the other.  Web browsers are no different.  There are staunch supporters of Firefox, Safari and Chrome.  The one opinion that most techs agree upon is that Internet Explorer is the pits.

I really hate to disparage anyone about their technology choices, and for years I’ve told people to use what they know.  If you like your browser and it works like you think it should, then stick with what you know and like.  To some extent I still agree with this advice, but… C’mon, you knew there was going to be a “but”  …but, with all the problems I’ve seen my customers have with Internet Explorer, and with the recent developments which sparked Microsoft to release a security patch (even for it’s now dead XP operating system) I am starting to change my tune.

I have my opinion about which browser I use and recommend, but I did some research to find the general consensus of the internet.

So… What’d they say?

I’m not sure if you knew this, but when Googling sometimes it’s best to ask a question rather than just searching a term.  I asked Google: What’s the safest web browser?  When Google has an answer for you, rather than just a list of search results it will put that answer in a box at the top of the page.


Believe it or not, the answer Google gave actually suggested that Internet Explorer was the safest with Google’s own Chrome coming a close second.  This is based on tests carried out by NSS Labs and published in May of 2013…  So yes, this information is over a year old, and we all know how fast things change on the internet.

So I dug a bit deeper and looked for a newer opinion.  I found another blog post on tiptopsecurity.com where the writer recommended Firefox as his personal choice for safest browser.  I found another webpage which demonstrated that Internet Explorer was actually the fastest browser, especially if you’re using Windows 8.

So what’s it all mean?

Basically, it boils down to my original recommendation; Use what you like.  I’d also recommend you consider this:  Internet Explorer is a Microsoft product and thus is going to be the target of hackers and virus creators for years to come simply for being so.

And now I guess you’d like to know my personal recommendation.  Well, I have been a Google Chrome user since it was still in Beta so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I recommend Chrome.  I like the streamlined layout, the tabbed interface and the ability to add-on extensions like adblockers.  That’s not to say that you can’t get a similar experience with another browser like Firefox, but Chrome is my preference.

What makes Chrome so good?

It’s all in the setup.  Ordinary Chrome isn’t much better than Firefox or Internet Explorer, but that’s not what I recommend.  My recommendation is to utilize AdBlock and Adblock Plus to make Chrome an even safer web browser.  With these extensions running you will no longer see advertisements or popups, and it even blocks the ads which play before YouTube videos.  Many people don’t realize that Java and Flash update notifications are often viruses and malware in disguise, just waiting and hoping you’ll click and allow them access to your system.  AdBlock will stop those fake notifications from displaying on your screen.

Follow five easy steps and you’ll be ready to safely surf the world wide web.  And if you need assistance just remember;  Install Heroes – Call and we’ll come to the rescue!

  1. Google-ExtensionsDownload Google Chrome
  2. Once installed click the menu Chrome-Menu-Button button and go to “Settings”
  3. In the new tab click on “Extensions” and at the bottom of the list click “Get more extensions”
  4. In the new tab search for “adblock” and you’ll see a list of results.
  5. Click the Add Chrome-Add-Button button to enable both AdBlock and Adblock Plus extensions.

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