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Accessing Web Content: Browser Tips

The way a web site or download behaves depends greatly on the browser the content is viewed through, and any browser is only as good as its latest update. All browsers have benefits, drawbacks and best practices. Refer to this post any time you need to change or update your browser software.

Link opens in a new window. Chrome

This browser by Google is fast and easy to customize. Most web pages and downloads perform as expected through Chrome. Many United Methodist Women members and staff rely on this browser.

Link opens in a new window. Firefox

This browser by Mozilla is easy to use, very customizable and displays web pages and other content well; however, It had the highest number of vulnerabilities last year and several United Methodist Women members and staff have reported minor glitches such as not being able to e-mail through web links.
 

Link opens in a new window. Safari

This Apple browser is standard on Macs and Apple devices and is also available for PC and Android devices. Web pages and content behave nicely, however this browser can be slow. Vulnerability is average.

Link opens in a new window. Internet Explorer

At one time Internet Explorer (IE) was the best browser hands down. Because of that, many web developers (including malware developers!) began designing sites and apps that work best on this browser. The result is that some page only perform correctly when viewed on IE but sadly IE is the least compliant of all the major browsers. Many pages that work well on IE don't perform well in other browsers. Security is an issue mainly due to the number of attacks, not necessarily the browser itself. This browser will eventually be discontinued; Windows 10 will feature "Edge." 
In short: You may need to have Internet Explorer for those sites that don't work properly in other browsers, but we suggest you don't make it your default browser.

| 6/10/2015 10:12:05 AM | 0 comments
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More Web Tips: 

 
  1. Keep your browser updated to the latest version.
  2. Keep antivirus, antimalware and antispyware up to date and schedule regular scans.
  3. When installing or updating ANY software take cautions including reading each step of the installation process. Check or uncheck boxes to prevent unwanted apps to download or override your preferences and defaults.
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