The Firefox Browser is a hot topic among computer professionals because they know that this browser has many features than his counterpart, Internet Explorer from Microsoft, don’t have. Microsoft has been very busy updating his software recently, although they haven’t touched it for 6 years after they wiped out Netscape from the market in 2,001, but Microsoft normally acts this way, they only fix their software when things go wrong.
First of all, Firefox is a better-designed browser. No hurry to get more market share, as in case of Microsoft, makes people design systems better. The better is designed a system, the easier it is to update and to maintain, because the subsystems work between each other in a coordinated way.
Next comes the better navigational system. Firefox was the first to include tabbed browsing to allow multiple websites in the same window. If you try to do this with Internet Explorer 6.0, you will end up with so many windows opened that it could crash your computer.
You can update the functionality of the software. Instead of creating bloated software with an enormous list of features, the Mozilla Foundation created a solid piece of software that could be expanded every time users wish, using a component called “plugins”. There are many plugins that you can add to Firefox to make it friendlier.
One important feature is the printing facility. Internet Explorer does not behave well while printing documents, but Firefox could adjust the size of the document to fit the page you are using.
The standards are also respected in Firefox. Maybe you don’t mind about this, but a browser that respect web standards, help developers create web pages that look the same in other browsers and other devices. Microsoft added non-standard features on purpose so when developers started using them, these web sites looked very ugly in all other browsers. This is the main reason why many people thought that Internet Explorer was the best browser for a long time.
The most important thing about Firefox is that it was designed with security in mind. Firefox alerts about “phising” web sites. Those are web sites that look like the real thing, but are owned by other people which are able to read all what you type in there, including your login name, password, your personal data and all you write in the fake site. Last year, Phising sites defrauded more than 2 million people, converting this kind of risk in the most important in the line of “identity theft”. Fortunately, Firefox helps you identify this kind of web pages, blocking access to those sites.
Although Firefox is a terrific tool to help you stop many threats from the Internet, it is very helpful that you know which are the many possible threats in order to reduce the probability to be the target of cyber-criminals that want to dry up your bank account in a blink of an eye.