When it comes to browsing the internet and establishing an online business, we have some of the best online browsers to work with. Web browsers are software used to retrieve and present information from the world wide web, and they are to thank for helping everyone find anything from the location of local restaurants to finding the phone number to a 24/7 tech support hotline. What is most surprising is that despite the number of internet browsers that exist for people to use, almost everyone will use browsers like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. Today, we will look and see what other web browsers are out there and examine the pros and cons of each.
Back in the early years of the internet, there were only one or two major options for browsing the web with the so-called “WorldWideWeb” browser (renamed later to Nexus) in 1991 and Internet Explorer, which gained popularity in 1995 along with several other competing platforms from companies like IBM. Nowadays, the biggest contender for the most used browsing platform as of 2017 has been Google Chrome with around sixty percent of users running Chrome daily. Other browsers like Internet Explorer and Edge are competing against Mozilla’s Firefox for the third most popular spot between February and March of 2017. Lastly, there is Opera as the fifth most used browsing platform and used by the majority of internet users. Opera features more customizability than browsers such as Chrome, but simply lacks the brand power that Google or Firefox already contain.
You may be asking yourself, “why would I choose something else to browse the internet?” These alternative browsers have great features that bigger brands like Firefox do not normally have. For instance, Torch is a search engine for media junkies designed to share music, games, and videos with ease. Another search engine called the Comodo IceDragon focuses on keeping your browsing experience as protected as possible with its malware scanning feature. These two brands use open source software called Chromium and Firefox’s developer software as the building blocks for the creation of third-party browsers.
Having great features and a different choice is what third-party browsers have over the competition, albeit with slightly fewer important features. At the end of the day, while you can praise third-party developers that offer safer and sometimes more fun ways to explore the web, the reason why people choose browsers like Chrome is simple: they are fast and recognizable. Choosing anything other than Chrome or even Internet Explorer, compared to Torch and Opera, is similar to choosing whether to purchase Pepsi or a generic Walmart brand cola; you would rather use something that is well-known and advertised rather than a lesser-known alternative. However, there is no harm in trying new things. After all, you might find a platform that you might appreciate more than the popular choices overall.