Thursday, 19 June 2014

Internet Navigators

The name navigator is really good for our purposes: We navigate on the sea of data or bits when we go to the Internet. It appeared because of the Netscape Navigator, from Netscape Communications.

Some people could say that we browse The Web with our navigators and therefore they are browsers, but we may call Google and Lycos browsers instead of search machines/engines and we then will feel confused about the words.

We would like to tell you that we have some interesting options in what regards this tool, which is pretty much basic: We tend to think that we cannot really get into the Internet without a navigator.

The problems that come with them are not negligible however: how quickly we can browse through the Internet, how efficiently, how vulnerable our privacy is, how much we can control in terms of security in general, and etc.

The most complete these days are probably Firefox, from Mozilla, and Explorer, from Microsoft.

There is a growing interest in the navigators Opera and Google Chrome, one from Mozilla (Opera) and the other from Google.

The older a navigator, the better: All new pieces of software should contain more bugs than the old pieces of software, if we talk about conscientious companies. 

About two months ago, we tried to run Linkedin inside of the MS Internet Explorer but it did not work very well, even though we could still do something: The interface became really messy.

At the moment, Firefox seems to be doing better than all other navigators we here have mentioned.

In order to choose a navigator, you probably should test a few things at some Internet caffes and places like that: navigability (does it open all sites I usually visit in the expected way?), options (can I use my normal settings with it? We here talk about disallowing cookies, using certificates, and things like that), difficulties to start (some take really long compared to others) and close it, downloads and difficulties involved (do we get a .pdf-reader program being started as we click over a .pdf file? Some navigators oblige us to download the .pdf to our machines and then open it instead), tools (can we look for a term on a page easily? Some navigators do not have an easy way to look for a word inside of a page, so that you would have to go manually or download the page and then search it using an application inside of your machine), looks (you want something that do not annoy your eyes, where you can have letters being as huge as necessary, for instance, also on the tabs of the own navigator), and others.

If you are not that lucky on the Internet and you have to continuously investigate possibilities of malware and things like that, you'd better have a few navigators to count on, since only this way you can see if the problem is with the navigator (and it then might be a bug of the own program, say something that the systems analysts did not think of, or a virus that sticks exclusively to that sort of navigator) or with the own Internet, for instance.

Once more, you should then worry about having independent navigators, so that having Opera and Firefox is not as wise as having Netscape and Firefox.


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