Firefox 1.0 Review

It’s been a busy week so I haven’t had much time to blog but I wanted to take a moment to talk about Firefox… I recently decided to give it a good look and have been running it for a week now… For those that don’t know Firefox is an open source web browser that’s getting high acclaim for how secure it is along with it’s features…The first thing people will notice when they run it is how similar it looks to Internet Explorer… On the surface they both are designed for the same thing so it’s not surprising that they pretty much have the same basic feel… One of the key differences I’m particularly fond of in Firefox is the ability have multiple tabs open in the same window… This makes doing research on the web much easier as there aren’t tons of windows to manage and I follow rabbit trails… Simply middle click a link and it will open on it’s own tab in the back ground while you continue to read the original page… When your ready just switch tabs… Find something you like then right click it’s tab and select “close all other tabs”…

Another nice feature is the powerful bookmarks manager… It will even allow you to use an RSS Feed as a bookmark source… When you do this the feeds contents will list as bookmarks within the RSS folder… Compatible sites will add a Live Bookmarks to the bottom of your browser for easy subscription too…

One shouldn’t be fooled by the “limitations” of Firefox either… There are many interactive components that still aren’t available for Firefox but it appears most of the ones that aren’t are currently in development… For example Yahoo! hasn’t made a Yahoo! Companion for Firefox yet but on their official site they provide a link to a third party developed version that works very well…

Firefox is also more resistant to spyware and popups… Add the functionality of some browser extensions like Adblock and life just gets better…

Here is a list of some of my favorite Firefox extensions:

If you haven’t already, I’d recommend at least giving Firefox a try… Keep in mind the biggest benefit is the security of your system while surfing… Try it and enjoy…

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