Ok, I need to say this outright – I’m a huge Firefox fan.
Firefox is an alternative to Internet Explorer that is light-years ahead of it – it’s smaller, faster, easier to use, safer and much more customizable. It can copy over your settings from Internet Explorer (cookies, favourites, etc) and blocks pop-ups and spyware. It’s also completely free and you can go into it’s code (if you want) and change it to suit your needs.
I’m a geek, yes, but I know of grandmothers that use Firefox.
Installing add-ons (this is the customizability coming into play here) is as easy as finding it’s page on the Firefox add-ons site, clicking on three buttons – the last is “Restart Firefox” and Firefox will restart right back to the sites you were looking at.
How easy is that?
My favourites for people new to Firefox are:
- Adblock Plus – Blocks ads (Imagine that)
- Adblock Plus: Element Hiding Helper – Blocks parts of pages. I use it to block the text ads in Yahoo! Mail and the ads that have containers that didn’t collapse.
- CookieSafe – Blocks cookies until you say it’s ok. Increases privacy immensely.
- Download Statusbar – This moves your current downloads from a pop-up to a bar just above the status bar. Less distractions.
- StumbleUpon – Channel surfing the internet.This is one of the most addictive things I’ve ever used.
I’ll continue this in a bit… someone needs to use the computer.