Why Use Mozilla Firefox?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Firefox, it is a free open-source web browser made and distributed by the Mozilla Foundation. The browser has always been more popular with more technologically-savvy users, but it’s use outside that demographic has increased tremendously, as evidenced by the fact that the latest version, Firefox 3, set the Guinness World Record for most downloaded software in a 24-hour period after its release on June 17, 2008 (dubbed “Download Day”).

Firefox’s main advantages over its competitors are its high level of security, speed and incredible customization options. It is designed to be easy-to-use, full of handy add-ons and extensions that make it more adaptable and, thereby, more beneficial for each individual user.

The main area that Firefox outweighs its competitors is in its customization. The browser offers a tremendous amount of great enhancements, both aesthetic- and performance-based. Mozilla’s website contains thousands of free downloadable add-ons that allow users to customize and personalize Firefox to suit their individual tastes.

Firefox also employs tabbed browsing, which makes browsing multiple web pages possible. A great feature that allows users to view different web pages in a single browser window, which is especially convenient for comparison shopping.

Although tabbed browsing has finally been adopted by Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft’s browser significantly slows down after just several tabs have been opened, whereas Firefox can handle many more before any noticeable reduction in speed or responsiveness. Firefox also has the huge advantage because its users are able to customize their tabs through Mozilla’s database of add-ons geared specifically at improving the tabbed browsing feature.

Another great advantage is Firefox’s small memory footprint (which has been even further reduced in Firefox 3). The program requires much less memory to open and run than Internet Explorer, and, in the event that it ever crashes or closes unexpectedly, it has a great built-in recovery feature that allows users to restore their previous Firefox session(s).

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Firefox touts better security than Internet Explorer, containing effective built-in anti-malware and pop-up blockers. Mozilla is also very responsive to any problems, most often in the form of quickly-released patches.

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One of the main disadvantages of using Firefox, as opposed to Internet Explorer, is its incompatibility. Because Internet Explorer (IE) is often used as the standard for building and viewing websites, some web pages do not display correctly if viewed outside of IE. Similarly, pages using ActiveX and VBScript, which are not supported by Firefox. There are plug-ins available that seek to circumvent this problem, however.

Mozilla is one of several free downloadable Internet browsers available. Smaller memory footprint, high levels of customization, faster load times and better security all make Mozilla’s Firefox a worthy competitor in the internet browser war. So try it out for yourself and decide if it’s the right browser for you.

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  1. Jenny says:

    Well, looking at the leap Mozilla Firefox had taken in last few years which no one expected really – it has become important to give it a serious thought for any development community.

    I think you have thrown good light on other products of Mozilla as well

  2. Jenny says:

    Well, looking at the leap Mozilla Firefox had taken in last few years which no one expected really – it has become important to give it a serious thought for any development community.

    I think you have thrown good light on other products of Mozilla as well

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