Ray Saitz: Your internet browser can do so much more

Protect yourself from online attacks that threaten your identity, your files, your system, and your financial well-being.


There’s a reason a mobile device may be simpler to operate than a laptop or desktop computer. It’s because of the apps. Each app, such as the one for Facebook or YouTube, is designed to handle a single task. A computer on the other hand may have only a handful of programs but each can perform numerous jobs in a variety of formats. This multifaceted nature of computer programs may explain why probably the most important program on your computer is the source of the most confusion and is being used for only a fraction of its potential.

The program is your internet browser which may seem unfamiliar but you probably use it several times a day. In simple terms, a browser allows you to see and use the internet. It’s used to display websites, post items on Facebook, access Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo mail, bank online, order goods from thousands of merchants, and view YouTube videos.

There are plenty of internet browsers but the big three are Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge. Chrome is the source of some confusion since Google is a website that does searches, whereas Chrome is a browser developed by Google. Edge comes pre-installed in Windows 10 but Firefox (https://www.mozilla.org) and Chrome (https://www.google.ca/chrome) are readily available free downloads. Safari is the default browser on Macs, iPhones and iPads, but each of the other three browsers can be installed to replace it.

Which browser should you use? That depends on your needs and priorities. Firefox is the most secure of the three, Edge has the most features, such as the ability to read aloud a website, but Chrome is the most popular browser.

If you’re unsure which browser you’re using, visit a handy website called What’s My Browser (www.whatsmybrowser.org). If you need some help deciding which browser might be the best for you or is the top-rated then peruse the ratings at Top 10 Reviews (https://tinyurl.com/y9nx7qoz).

Feel free to experiment since browsers will not conflict with each other and you can even use two of them at the same time with no problems. If you don’t like a browser you can uninstall it, except Edge which is part of the Win 10 operating system. To make a browser the default, which means…

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