What’s a Firefox?

February 3, 2011 at 4:00 am Leave a comment

When you get a computer, if you want to get on the Internet you usually are only given one way to browse: if you have a PC you get Internet Explorer (or IE), and if you get a Mac you get Safari.

But there is another browser–one that has been gaining popularity over the years to the point of Microsoft aping it’s look with IE8. This sly little animal is called Firefox by Mozilla.

Why use Firefox?

One of the biggest complaints about Microsoft’s Internet Explorer ever since version IE5 was the rampant security holes that could allow someone to access your computer or worse, get your private information. While the latest Internet Explorer has better security and protection, a lot of stuff out there on the Internet that can bypass IE’s security and  infect your computer.

That’s where Firefox comes in. Firefox is a free Internet browser that can run on Windows and Macs (and Linux, for those of you who are a little geeky).  It was created about ten years ago (whew!)  and originally named Phoenix, then Flamebird. It began to gain popularity shortly after Microsoft released IE6.  Firefox is more resistant to many of the hacker attacks that give IE grief.  Plus Firefox has a lot of free Add-ons (like the Apps for an iPhone) that can increase web protection (like NoScript and AdBlocker), customize your browser’s appearance (Personas), to an add-on that randomly plays Tibetian chimes for relaxation (Consciousness Bell).

Firefox isn’t perfect.  Because some web programmers don’t check , some web pages may not work  well on a Firefox browser.

Who let the foxes out?

Firefox is easy to install and to use, plus it can add an additional  layer of protection between the Internet and your computer. And it’s nice to have one type of browser that can work on different computer systems.  You can check out the Firefox browser and it’s Add-ons  by going to http://www.mozilla.com.

— cc, The Computer Cat

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