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Safari is the only web browser many of you use.

There’s nothing wrong with that. It came with the Mac and it’s a terrific application.

It’s good to know you have other options, because at some point or other Safari will let you down 🙁

I’ve hit the following problems:

  • Unable to log on to a broker account on a real-estate website.
  • Kaiser Permanente’s Individual Plan site will not recognize sign in information.
  • Input fields missing on Ebay’s item description form used by sellers.
  • Inline Adobe forms fail to work on some sites.
  • Technorati profile forms do not function properly.

This does not mean that Safari is a bad browser. Many of these issues are caused by lack of testing or poor coding by web designers.

But who cares about blame. You just need it to work.

The good news is that you don’t have to abandon your primary browser, you just need to have a backup in case you run into a problem with a particular site or page.

Google Chrome

Fast and reliable. Chrome is compatible with almost every site on the web, although some secure sites are not yet updated to accept it.
It’s extremely useful to have in a pinch. Personally, I’d never switch to it as my primary browser, but you may love it.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox has been around for a long time. It’s best feature is that it supports hundreds of plugins. Plugins are like small Apps that perform useful tasks within a browser
There are plugins to help download video, interact with social media, copy entire websites, etc,., Tasks that Safari and Chrome are not so good at.
Firefox uses more memory than Safari and Chrome, so it may slow work down if it’s run on an older Mac.

They’re free. So I say… download both.

If you run into a problem with a site, just try opening the same page using Chrome or Firefox.

A Word Of Caution

As you install these browsers, take your time. At a certain point you will be asked if you want to make this the default browser for your system. Answer NO. If you accidentally answer YES, don’t worry, this can be easily fixed.

As far as which is the right browser to use? I say… use the browser you’re comfortable with.

If you’re interested there are other browsers designed for groups that share a common interest or those that simply want something different. Check out Opera, Torch, OmniWeb, and Cruz

If you’d like to learn more about Safari, check out these posts:

Safari – Eight Tips To Make Your Life Easier

Setting Your Home Page On Safari, Firefox Or Chrome

Core Mac Concepts – How To Email Links & Pages From Safari

Have a terrific week. Work is nearly over… and Santa’s almost here 🙂

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