Web browser of choice 2011

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mark Holtz, Aug 17, 2011.

What is your preferred web browser for surfing the web?

  1. Google Chrome

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Mozilla Firefox

    28 vote(s)
    24.1%
  3. Microsoft Internet Explorer

    49 vote(s)
    42.2%
  4. Opera Software Opera

    37 vote(s)
    31.9%
  5. Apple Safari

    2 vote(s)
    1.7%
  1. Game Fan

    Game Fan Baseball Is Life

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    Firefox for me. IE 9 occasionally.
     
  2. braven

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    I voted Safari and now it's even better with Lion.
     
  3. Steve

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    And iPad Safari is going to be nicer in iOS 5. They finally added tabs. :up:
     
  4. braven

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    I cannot wait for iOS 5! Should be an awesome update!
     
  5. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    Firefox 6 beta on my Mac, Dolphin on my Nook Color (CM7).
     
  6. ronton3

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    I use Camino for Leopard on a G5.
     
  7. JcT21

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    i toggle between firefox and ie9. but ie9 mostly.
     
  8. Geronimo

    Geronimo Native American Potentate DBSTalk Gold Club

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    You can disable the compatibility checking and gt many of them back. Do a google search and you will find instructions.
     
  9. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

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    Firefox here, mostly because I love the AdBlock extension.

    Chome has AdBlock as well, but I'm too used to Firefox.
     
  10. mystic7

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    I tried Chrome. While it seems to be faster than IE9, Google is known to do so many sneaky things why on earth would you use a browser made by them? Who knows what kind of data they can mine when you're using their own created browser.
     
  11. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Surprised by the results so far.

    I would have thought Chrome would be more than 20% here, and certainly higher than IE.
     
  12. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    I'm wondering what kind of personal data folks think Google is tracking? What am I missing?

    Here's a quote from the Google "do not track" plug-in page:
    That extension itself is designed to make Chrome compatible with the Firefox and IE9 optional third party "do not track" functionality:
     
  13. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Primary browser is Internet Explorer but I occasionally use Google Chrome.
     
  14. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    I would have thought so too. It looks like both Chrome and FF in this poll are about 50% higher than the worldwide averages, tho.

    http://arstechnica.com/web/news/201...-xp-loses-its-majority-share-of-web-users.ars

    The real eye opener for me in that chart is that there are more users still using IE6 than there are IE9 users!

    [​IMG]
     
  15. klang

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    I have no idea what they might or might not be tracking. I chose not to give them any more opportunity. :D
     
  16. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

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    Probably corporate users who aren't allowed to use a later version of IE for fear of breaking internal apps and are not allowed to installed another browser.

    Also, IE9 is not available for XP users, and that is still a significant chunk. And, as of now, IE10 cannot be used by XP or Vista users.
     
  17. Geronimo

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    Please note that the "Do NOt track" functionality for Chrome is via an extension. If you are looking for this potection you should definitely install it. it is not part of the chrome package you download.
     
  18. bobukcat

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    What sneaky things are they known to do?? I've used Google search since well before it became a household name, early adopter for GMail, absolutely swear by Google Maps, have been using Chrome since around version 3 or so and it's been my primary browser for over two years. I also have an Android phone (Droid), use their free Navigation, Places, Google+, Music Beta and plenty of their other apps on the phone and have never seen any negative effect from it.

    The fact that Chrome is a less likely target for viruses than IE (because of market share if nothing else) and provides added security via the Sandbox is also a plus in my book. But in general I prefer it because it just works better for me than the others and I love the "Chrome to Phone" extension to send links, directions, etc. straight to my Android phone from my PC.

    I have to keep IE8 (I'm supposed to have 6 but couldn't live with that) on my work PC for some internal sites that don't work as well on Chrome but every time I use it I feel like I've gone back in time, to a much worse browser. :)
     
  19. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    Correct. And based on what I read, it's an option on IE and FF, so those folks need to be sure they switch it on.

    Just to recap, though, "Do Not Track" pertains to third party tracking. Google itself does not track the web pages you visit, or so they claim.

    I think Google does keep your search data for 9 months, before it "anonymizes" it, but what does Bing do? :shrug: AFAIK, they keep it for 18 months. I think Yahoo keeps it for 3 months.
     
  20. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    Good point.

    Chrome IE Tab plug-in doesn't work for those sites?
     

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