Assessing Firefox’s Functionality

31 Mar

Could you imagine driving down a highway in your car but without a steering wheel? If you were to try to use the internet without a web browser, this is pretty much what it would be like. Without an understanding of computer languages and an ability to read code, just about no one would be able to use the internet without a browser. This is what makes web browsers like Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox so important, especially considering how much our lives now rely on the internet.

Being that most computers being used now have Microsoft Windows for operating systems, most internet users will most likely use Internet Explorer as their regular web browser. However, there are others that are quickly gaining in popularity, and are just as functional, if not more; the best known of these alternatives is Firefox, for sure. Refer to Mozilla Download . In addition to being a completely free program, Firefox allows you to customize your browser with countless add-ons and options, to make your internet experience more personal, comfortable, and productive. For these reasons and others, more and more internet users are beginning to prefer Firefox above all other web browsers.

Firefox is significantly user-friendly and highly functional, even for users with limited or no computer programming knowledge. Programmers and web developers also love Firefox, first, because it is open source software, and also because it supports nearly all internet languages, from HTML and XML, to MathML and Javascript, which gives them a lot of creative flexibility to use the browser as a production tool. Able to function on the main operating systems, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux, regular people and web developers alike appreciate not being bound to a single platform, which is a major limitation to IE. In fact, it is a cross-platform browser, allowing you to easily port your settings from a Windows-based system to a Linux-based one.

Though it is a free, open source web browser, Firefox actually has many more integrated safety measures than IE. There have been countless news stories of major virus attacks on companies’ and individuals’ computers, most of which were allowed because of the many security flaws found in Internet Explorer. Besides the standard security features, like history and cookie management or anonymous browsing, there are countless security add-ons available for Firefox, such as phishing detectors and protocol white-listing. See the Download Free Mozilla Perhaps most importantly, being open source software, Firefox’s source code is made available to the public, which gives anyone with the appropriate skills to tweak and improve the browser to make it safer and more functional.

As the technology continues to evolve, we will likely become more dependent on computers and the internet even more than we are now. Until then, given how feature-rich and functional it is, it seems like Firefox is the web browser which most of us will be using for some time to come.


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