A browser is software that accesses and displays pages and files on the web. But now days it’s raining browsers which one to choose? So we decided to judge various browsers on aspect of page display, privacy, security, speed and functionality.
Microsoft launched version 8 of IE in the market, it was an instant hit. It was supposed to win back users who made Firefox browser the no.1 and battle for the top rank. But the world is competitive and no one wanted to be on back foot. Smaller companies have released products with far greater usability and value. Let’s see the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari based on aspects of: page display, privacy, security, speed and functionality.
Millions of web sites exist on web. They like to amaze users with advanced design techniques. To keep visual appeal intact, the browser have tweaked their graphics rendering engines. Opera, Safari and Chrome get full points. IE8 on still falls short of these standards.
Plug-ins like Flash, Silverlight etc, which although unsafe are necessary to play videos and animations. Firefox and Chrome are ahead in this respect, and already support the video function of HTML 5 among other things. Safari and Opera cannot do it yet, but have implemented other elements. For IE8, HTML 5 currently seems like WHAT?
Opera has forged several innovations in the user interface. The latest version has a tab bar that can now be resized. However, while this overview in Opera and Chrome is functional enough, Safari scores more with a better looking version which automatically reloads pages and thus gives an overview of what is new.
The latest browser generation looks better, surfing the web more comfortably. The largest scope of functions is offered by Opera as before: mouse-control, password manager, integrated mail- the competition cannot keep up there. For users with slower Internet connections, Opera Turbo could also be interesting. Here, the browser refers to data through a proxy server, which compresses large elements like pictures to a great extent and thus enables fast surfing.
IE is also trying to develop new features. Web slices, which let modules from websites be cut out and used as independent widgets, are still not found in any other browser.
Chrome is light and sleek. Has a lot of basic functions., the Chrome developers have enabled prefetching, which tries to read the IP addresses of links on a page and load the most likely ones in the background before the user even clicks a link. With this feature—which Firefox version 3.5 onwards also offers—linked page loads faster. Opera and IE can be expanded to add functions. Here, Firefox, which continues to rely heavily on the tab add-ons, offers the maximum variety.
The easiest and most common way for malware to enter a system is through the browser. Security leaks make it easy for hackers—especially if you are surfing with an old version.
The world rule is that the more popular the browser, the more it is targeted by hackers. IE 8 seems to continue with rather poor security. Firefox had one gaping leak. For the new versions of Opera and Chrome on the other hand, no leaks were known. Another security risk is browser plug-ins. For protection, Firefox offers a rather interesting approach from version 3.5.3 onwards. It is a standard for all browsers to have a protection mechanism for security.
IE and Chrome need to do some catching up so that they don’t display pages which try to tap login data for bank accounts. However, IE is the only browser that protects against Cross-Site-Scripting (XSS),. Attackers use XSS to steal information from cookies or log individual keystrokes. Firefox can however be upgraded using an add-on to include this protection.
Keeping track of your own traces including cookies, search entries and website history is important. Here, the most convincing browser is Firefox, which offers many options to define how these are handled. You can delete data from the last 1, 2, or 4 hours.
Firefox also has the most refined privacy mode, in which the browser does not save any surfing traces. Except for Opera, all browsers now offer such a surfing mode (though Opera lets you delete all private data easily). IE further offers optional, freely configurable “InPrivate” filtering. Google, Amazon, and other companies which like to track users’ online habits.
Speed and Performance
The new rendering engine performs faster surfing. The overall picture of this test is clear: Safari and Chrome—both of which rely on the WebKit engine—are the fastest. They achieve better results in all tests than the competition. Safari, overall, manages to do a tad better than Chrome.
The differences are mainly with respect to web applications such as Google Maps: the modern browsers load map sections speedily while IE clearly struggles. Safari and Chrome are therefore also better equipped for interactive Web 2.0 applications.
Winding up the Result
It is proved Firefox slightly ahead of Opera. As before, Firefox is the most balanced browser; a true all-rounder with functions that can be expanded.
The most innovative browser is Opera; however, the missing private surfing mode is a drawback. Safari is, no doubt, fast and looks good, but cannot keep up with respect to security. Chrome lags far behind and offers smooth surfing. IE8 therefore brings up the rear.