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5 Reasons to Use the Firefox Browser

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Firefox logoIf you do any web browsing, you should definitely be browsing with Firefox instead of Internet Explorer, Chrome, or any other browser.

Firefox is growing in popularity as people are spreading the word about its excellence. It gets downloaded over 20 times per second. In July 2009, it reached over one billion total downloads. It’s only been around for five years, but it already has 25% market share. Only Internet Explorer has a higher share with 64%.

Why has this free, open-source browser attained remarkable growth? Here are five reasons.



1. Speed

Tests have shown that Firefox loads web pages quicker than Internet Explorer. (And you can use this hack to make Firefox faster.)

2. Security

Internet Explorer is known for having many security flaws.  Firefox has a lot less flaws. Also, it’s updated more often than Internet Explorer so its flaws get fixed quickly.

Ask anyone who knows a lot about computers and they’ll tell you to switch to Firefox if you want security. I used to get viruses all the time but when I switched to Firefox, the viruses stopped showing up.

3. Privacy

One browser that’s also showing growth is Google’s Chrome. Chrome has many of the strengths of Firefox including speed. However, I would hesitate to use Chrome. It’s owned by Google, which has a lack of regard for user privacy.

On the other hand, Mozilla, the company that owns Firefox, has a good privacy policy.

4. Add-ons

Add-ons are small programs that you can add to Firefox increase its functionality. For example, you can install Adblock Plus to block ads and banners. Or you can add ImTranslator, which provides real-time translation for a wide variety of languages.

5. Stability

Much like other Microsoft programs, Internet Explorer crashes a lot. Firefox is much more stable and rarely crashes.

[Download Firefox today]

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Posted on Monday, January 4th, 2010

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