Alternatives to Internet Explorer
There's been renewed calls
not to use Internet Explorer thanks to a bug discovered earlier this
month.This "Zero Day Exploit" allows bad guys to design websites
that can steal passwords and other user information.
is the web browser built into Windows. All web browser, and other software,
can have security bugs, but because of the way IE is designed, it is
particularly prone to these security problems.
To make hings worse
Internet Explorer is a fundamental part of Windows so any problem with
IE becomes a problem for your entire system. This is why we think it's
a good idea to use an alternative to Internet Explorer. Some of the
The most popular alternative
browser is Mozilla Firefox. You can download a free a copy from the Mozilla
One of the longest
established alternative browsers, Opera tends to be the cutting edge browser,
while it's not for everyone it's fast, stable and is also a
A new alternative
is Google's web browser. It's fast but it does do things a bit differently
from the others. You can get this free
from Google's website.
If you use a Mac
then the Safari browser is included with your system. Windows users
a free version from Apple.
All of these alternatives
are perfectly good for general web browsing. It's best to try each and
use the one you find works best for you. Unfortunately you can't completely
get rid of Internet Explorer. Not only is it a integral part of Windows,
but some web sites won't work properly on anything else, so reserve
IE for those sites that require it and use an alternative for the rest
of the web.