Ask any web developers what they think about Internet Explorer (IE), and you’re sure to be met with a grimace. But, isn’t that what you are supposed to use to view web pages? Well, if you have a Windows computer (XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8), then IE is what someone installed for you with all the other software. So, let’s start with what IE is and is not.
What Internet Explorer is:
IE is one of many ways to surf the web (a.k.a. “search the Google,” “browse the internet,” etc.). Just like Microsoft Word is a word processor, Internet Explorer is a web browser. Other web browsers include Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Apple’s Safari. All five of these browsers accomplish the same thing, but with different methods. They all allow you to browse the web using favorites, bookmarks, and search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
What Internet Explorer is not:
IE is not your only option to access the internet. At the bottom of this article, I have links to the other popular browsers. Most of us at 212 Media Studios use Chrome. A few use Safari (since almost all of us use Apple computers). Still a couple use Firefox. To my knowledge, no one uses Internet Explorer unless we are developing and debugging for cross platform compatibility.
IE is not your best choice for browsing the internet. It has a lot of “rendering issues.” What does this mean for you? On IE, you may occasionally see a web page that looks “wonky.” Another known issue with IE is its slower speed. Many argue that Chrome is the fastest browser out there. It certainly is very fast, but you need to find what works best for you. Not only does IE have speed issues, but also multiple known security issues that are only resolved with a major version update—IE 7 to IE 8. Switching to another browser won’t solve all internet security problems, but it will reduce the chance that of a major security hole like this one—which allowed a hacker to run commands on your computer from a remote location.
Your Next Steps:
First, if you’re using IE, please stop. Better options are out there—ones that will not cost you any money. Second, after installing your new browser, you can import your favorites and settings from IE. This saves you time and makes your transition much easier. Third, make sure your new browser is set as your default browser. This ensures that any links you click on in emails or PDFs (or anywhere) will open in your new browser instead of IE. Finally, enjoy faster, more accurate, and more secure web browsing!
We’ll be writing more about Internet Explorer in the future, so be on the lookout for upcoming blog posts! In the mean time, what is your preferred web browser and why? Leave a comment below.
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