Why You Should Have Multiple Web Browsers On Your Computer

February 23, 2011

The main reason why it is a good idea to have more than one web browser installed on a computer is that it provides a back-up or alternate way to connect to the Internet when a favorite web browser suddenly stops working or denies access to a particular website. Technology is not perfect, as much as we expect it to be. Programs, software, and websites change, get updated and, sometimes, break for unknown reasons.

If you’re still not convinced your browser might be displaying certain webpages differently or not as effectively than another browser, then consider these situations:

1. Versatility – Having multiple web browsers installed on the computer provides you with different interfaces to connect to the Internet. The page loading speed of Google Chrome might be more attractive than using a web browser such as Mozilla Firefox that provides the user with a wide variety of tools and gadgets, or vice-versa.

Try out a variety of web browsers to see what they do and how they display the Internet content on your computer. You may discover that you like one of the newer ones more than your current browser. A list of popular and acceptable web browsers for the Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems is provided at the end of this article.

2. Compatibility and Security - Some websites might not open properly after awhile with the default web browser. Try another web browser to access the website.

3. Reparability/Reliability – Web browsers wear out, become corrupt, out dated and break, just like other computer programs. Upgrading the web browser version or completely re-installing the browser program usually corrects the glitch. But, this isn’t effective when time is not on your side. Using a backup web browser to access information on the Internet will save time and headaches until the problem can be fixed.

Here is a list of some of the more popular and SEU compatible web browsers:

Windows computers:
Internet Explorer (Windows’ operating system default): http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/worldwide-sites.aspx
Mozilla Firefox: http://getfirefox.com
Google Chrome: http://www.google.com/chrome
Opera: http://www.opera.com/download/

Mac and Linux computers:
Safari (MAC operating system’s default): http://www.apple.com/safari/download/
Mozilla Firefox (Linux’s default web browser): http://getfirefox.com
Google Chrome: http://www.google.com/chrome
Opera: http://www.opera.com/download/