How important is your browser to you? Are you an ardent IE (Internet Explorer) follower? Did you know that IE is one of the most vulnerable browsers, not because Microsoft made it that way, but for the simple fact that that it has a hughe market share which makes it more open to attacks by hackers. Having said this I am not telling you to avoid using IE, but it is always handy to keep an alternative browser for an enhanced browsing experience and security reasons.
Here are a handful of browsers that you may like.
1. AVANT (Download Avantbrowser):
Developed by a Chinese programmer named Anderson Che, AVANT is a freeware web browser. It unites the Trident layout engine built into Windows with an interface intended to be more flexible than IE. It is available for operating systems from Windows98 to Windows Vista. You need to have IE6 or IE7 installed. According to Wiki, as of November 2008, total downloads have surpassed 22.5 millions. The browser is currently available in 41 languages.
2. PHASEOUT (Download Phaseout):
If you are extremely fond of IE, then check out this browser. It adds functionality to IE. It features tabs, skins, popup blocker, and can also cleanup traces of your browsing history. Since this may not add a lot in terms of security sicne you are still using IE, it will definitely provide you a different browsing experience.
3. FLOCK (Download Flock):
Flock is a free web browser build on Firefox's code base. It focuses on social networking and Web 2.0 facilities, so if you are heavily into the likes of MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Blogger and others, you may find this browser useful. When you log into any of the supported social services, Flock can track updates from friends. This is definitely the browser for someone who wants to keep in touch.
4. XEROBANK (Download XeroBank):
If security is the key for you, this is probably the browser for you. The site claims that it is the most popular anonymous web browser in the world with over 9 million downloads.
5. OFFBYONE (Download OffByOne):
This may be one of the smallest browser around that can fit on a floppy drive. It has full support for HTML 3.2 and is available for Windows 95 to Windows XP. It is a secure browser because page cache and image cache are memory-residnet and disappear when you close the browser
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