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A browser is a software program that allows you to view and interact with various kinds of Internet resources available on the World Wide Web. A browser is commonly called a web browser.
Browsers have become an all-in-one solution to everything Internet-based. They allow users to read online information, interact with social media sites, view online streaming video, listen to web radio, send and receive email, shop, and much, much more. While other programs are available to accomplish many of these same tasks, such as apps, email clients, and service-specific applications, the browser still remains the go-to tool for most individuals.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sync my browser content across devices?
Many browsers now offer versions for multiple operating systems and devices. Two of the most popular browsers, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, offer versions for Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS. Both of these browsers allow users to sync content between their devices, meaning you will always have your bookmarks, history, and saved passwords with you, regardless of which device you’re using. Other browsers only offer syncing across a specific brand or operating system. The Safari browser only works with Apple products (Mac OS X, iPad, iPhone), while Microsoft Edge runs exclusively on Windows machines.
Why do I need a browser when I can just use apps?
Many web-based services that were once solely available using a browser are not accessible using their app. In most cases, using the app will provide a better overall experience on your mobile device; however, the browser-based experience typically provides a more robust experience, often allowing additional customization, more settings, and features not available through the app. The browser version is usually intended for use on a desktop or laptop computer, though many sites are now providing a mobile-friendly experience via a web browser as well. App versions are slowly making their way onto desktop computers as well, as many users enjoy their cleaner, more streamlined interface.
How do I choose the best browser?
Browser preference is highly subjective. For many computer users, the preinstalled browser will be the only one they ever use, simply because they have no desire to seek out an alternative or understanding of how to find one. Most preinstalled browsers are just as good, if not better than their competitors, so these individuals aren’t missing out. On the other hand, other browsers may offer more in terms of add-ons and security features. Chrome is fully integrated with users’ other Google-based products. Firefox is the only major browser developed by a non-profit. Opera is one of the oldest alternative browsers and provides a clean, fast interface, if not the support and compatibility of its major competitors. Mobile devices also offer a variety of browser alternatives, each with their own specialization, ranging from mobile-optimization, online privacy, and even 3-D user experiences. The best way to choose a browser is to try several, test out the interface, put them through a speed test, and make sure you can sync them across all of your devices.