Alternate Browser

Monday, November 17, 2008, 10:53 PM – Tips and Hints

Most beginner Mac users choose Safari as their browser of choice because it comes as part of the operating system. It is easy to use and it works well — most of the time.

Except when it doesn’t. Sometimes you will go to a web site that doesn’t work with Safari. This is not Safari’s fault. It is the result of sloppy web design, but that doesn’t keep you from getting frustrated. It is particularly frustrating if you are trying to do something like pay a bill on-line and the site won’t open. I went through this for almost a year with a major department store credit card. I’m happy to say they finally got their act together, but problems still exist.

A good solution is a browser called Firefox. Firefox is made by Mozilla and a lot of people feel it is superior to Safari or any other browser available. Personally, I think each of them has their strong points. I tend to use Safari the most because of habit I suppose and because all my favorites are already saved there.

I could always count on Firefox to get me into web site that would not accept Safari so you might want to download it and become familiar with it when you have a few minutes to spare. You will find that it is very similar in feel to Safari and it won’t take you long to get comfortable with it.

You can find the latest version of it, for OS X 10.3 or greater here

And by-the-way. You can select the page, or select a blank page, that opens when you open your browser by choosing the general tab of the preferences of your browser and designating your home page. You must do this for each browser.


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