Tuesday, 27 November 2012

My Favorite Web Browser

7 Reasons Why I Love The Firefox Browser

Mozilla's Firefox Browser

I'm far from being a computer whiz but I know what I like and I love Mozilla's flagship browser. Here are seven reasons why I do.

1 - Free

Possibly the most important reason I use Firefox is its support of free open source code, which means that its designed to be nonprofit and is available for anyone to use at no cost. This helped draw me to Firefox and has kept me with this sterling browser through the years.

2 - Tabbed Browsing

My first love for Firefox came through my discovery of tabbed browsing, made popular and mainstreamed by Mozilla. Like most people, I had been using a different' popular browser, when I discovered Firefox. The tabbed browsing made my searching and browsing so much easier that I was quickly hooked. I was able to effortlessly jump from page to page and topic to topic.

3 - Location Aware

Another aspect I love about Firefox is its location-aware browsing. With this feature I am able to find results close to wherever I am. I just type in what I am looking for, Firefox uses my location without sharing or tracking it, and voila – my search for nearby pizza, museums' or directions to Auntie Em's house are displayed before my eyes.

4 - Session Restore
Session Restore is a feature that is quite useful for someone like me who wants to continue using my open tabs after accidently closing the browser, or when I need to run a new download or update requiring it first be restarted. With Session Restore I can get everything back with one click. I no longer need to weed through my history to reopen my browser tabs. I love it!

5 - Search and Find

I use the Search and Find feature regularly. As I am doing research I often come across lengthy articles that I know pertain to my subject but I don't have the time, or patience, to read through the entire article. Using Search and Find, every instance of that word or phrase is instantly highlighted on the web page. Firefox has saved me hours of searching to find that one paragraph I needed for my research.

6 - Privacy

Privacy is a great concern for me and Firefox gives me the ability to hide my browsing habits using the Do-not-track option available in the privacy settings. With this option checked I receive far less third party information, such as targeted advertising, related to my shopping cart contents and browsing history. It seems like it's only a slight exaggeration to say that these days anyone can see everything I do online, so anything I can do to keep what privacy I have is important to me and Firefox provides me with this security.

7 - Compatibility

I use Firefox on my mobile phone as well as my home computer and syncing between the two has become a convenience I wouldn't want to be without. With Firefox Sync I am able to carry my home computer in my pocket, so to speak, having my tabs, browsing history and bookmarks on my mobile browser just the way it looked on my home computer. On the other hand, if I find a cool site on my phone while browsing Firefox and I want to look at it later, my phone syncs it back to my home computer just as easily.

Firefox has remained my favorite browser for years. I have tried other browsers but this always wins out in terms of ease of use and its available options and add-ons. After trying others, returning to Firefox just feels like coming home - comfortable. The comfort of Firefox is as important to me as its privacy.

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