Best in class browsers taking web browsing experience to a new level
We have brought about a series of ‘top-tens’ for various things. Whether it be Top Ten Hacker Tools of 2015 or Top Ten Operating Systems for Hackers.This post is dedicated to those ‘familiar’ web browsers which have made a mark in terms of efficiency and reliability. And this time it is about top 5.
1. Google Chrome
Why not Firefox? simply because Chrome loades quicker, well! there is lot more. Actually the difference is between their “engines”. While Chrome uses Webkit browser engine, Firefox is powered by Gecko. The mechanism is such that each of your tabs is treated as a new process, so a problem in one of the tab will not result to a browser crash(as is the case with Firefox).
It offers a cross-platform browsing experience that is second-to-none in terms of syncing information but to the run-of-the-mill Windows PC user it won’t matter that this option is available. Like Firefox, Chrome comes with a wide array of apps and add-ons from the Chrome Store that add a considerable amount to the browsing experience and one area that it does even better than Firefox is the HTML5 loading speed that is at a higher level than any other Windows browser.
Chrome only runs on Windows XP SP2 or later and with support for XP disappearing in April 2015 it will be one of those browsers of reach of those running older versions of the world’s most popular OS.
Constant updates, add-ons and high performance across all platforms, especially Windows PCs, makes Mozilla Firefox one of the most popular web browsers on the planet. Its intuitive interface lends itself to beginners whereas the high level of customisation makes sure that advanced users are kept on their toes.
Tabbed browsing is at its heart and the add-ons is where Firefox really comes into its own by offering all kinds of ways to tinker with the browsing experience. Security is kept at an exceedingly high level thanks to the slew of updates that are always being worked on and a speed test last year showed that it is only second to Internet Explorer for speed.
Internet Explorer commonly known as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Windows Internet Explorer is the first or default browser for a Windows PC. It is developed by Microsoft. You can download and know more about the Internet Explorer browser from here.
Microsoft’s web browser has changed with the times and embraced a tabbed browsing look that is similar to all the other browsers around and the newest version, in looks especially, takes it cues from the live tiles that are a major feature of Windows. There are less add-ons available for IE when compared to those on offer for Firefox and Chrome with most for IE limited to widgets that make it easier to reach certain sites or services. It’s also far behind Firefox, Chrome and Opera where HTML5 loading speed is concerned.
Where it does have a significant leg up is the sheer number of versions that exist and thus gives a chance for all users of Windows to still have access to what is one of the top browsers around.
One of the newest browsers on the top table is Opera with a speedy experience and various little extras that make it a credible rival to the big three Windows PC browsers. Yet again you’ll notice the tabbed browsing experience that feel rather squared compared with Firefox and Chrome, and closer to IE in terms of looks. Although the similarities to IE end there.
Its extra features make it stand out and none more so than the Turbo mode. Opera’s shot of NOS speeds up page loading times by compressing pages by up to 80 per cent and it is a god send for anyone with a sluggish connection. Although we’re not sure whether Opera’s claim that it will make a dial-up connection resemble a broadband line, it certainly does make it a lot quicker to get on to certain pages.
Speed dial is another added extra that enables you to add your favourite sites as large icons to the start screen, however, most other browsers now have a similar version of this available and the same can be said for the add-ons that are also elsewhere.
5. Deepnet Explorer
Deepnet Explorer is a web browser created by Deepnet Security for the Microsoft Windows platform, first released in 2005. The most recent version is 1.5.3 (BETA 3) which was Released October 19, 2006. Developed in Britain, Deepnet Explorer gained early recognition both for its use of anti-phishing tools and the inclusion of a peer-to-peer facility for file sharing, based on the Gnutella network. The anti-phishing feature, in combination with other additions, led the developers to claim that it had a higher level of security than either Firefox or Internet Explorer—however, as the underlying rendering engine was still the same as that employed in Internet Explorer, it was suggested that the improved security would fail to address the vulnerabilities found in the rendering engine.
Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments. You can also suggest some name if we missed that.