Why You Should Always Keep a Spare Browser Handy

When we browse the Web on our computers and mobile devices, we do so through a type of software application known as a Web browser. A Web browser acts as the window through which we can view most of the information on the Internet. Five of the most popular browsers today are: Chrome (Google), Firefox (Mozilla), Internet Explorer (Microsoft), Safari (Apple), and Opera (Opera Software).

Most computer users have a primary browser preference, in other words, a go-to browser for checking email, searching the web, shopping online, reading articles, etc. Using the same browser consistently gives the us a degree of familiarity with the interface, as well as the ability to organize our bookmarks in a convenient, orderly, and accessible way.

So why, then, is it good practice to have a secondary browser on standby? The answer can be summed up in one word: troubleshooting. Having a secondary browser is one of the single best things you can do to help troubleshoot issues you experience on the Web. Broken site? Try opening it in another browser. Visual media not playing at full screen? Try opening it in another browser. Web application appears glitchy? Try opening it in another browser. You get the idea. In addition to keeping your browsing software up to date, making sure you have a "spare" browser or two is one of the best ways to avoid (or at least workaround) technical issues that sometimes pop up while browsing. In time, you'll actually find that some browsers offer a better experience for different environments. Don't believe me? Try downloading a new browser today to see if it makes your life on the Web a bit better than before.

Here are the links to download Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome:

Mozilla Firefox Download

Google Chrome Downlaod

Until next time, happy browsing!

 
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Ben Leveillee

Technology Instructor Ben Leveillee brings the tools and culture of the Web into the lab for users to gain knowledge and skills on topics including social media, website editing, media streaming services, e-commerce, and online educational resources. His blog posts provide useful information and insight on these topics and more.


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