Anyone who reads this article in The Globe, and who also has been reading this space, will find the following comments very familiar:
One of the best things about this approach is that Firefox doesn’t suffer from any of the annoying pop-ups and malware that make using Internet Explorer such a pain. Since the browser uses completely different software, none of the usual tools that hackers have used to infiltrate Internet Explorer work with Firefox. Although this might change as the browser becomes more popular, the open-source nature of the project means that fixes will likely be easier to make and will also be available much faster .
Firefox has a number of features that make it obvious how little Internet Explorer has changed over the past several years. One of the most popular is the use of “tabs,” which allow a user to open multiple pages within the same window. You can set Firefox so that when you click on a link it opens that link in a new tab, and the tabs you have open are grouped together in a tab toolbar at the top of your browser window. You can store a group of tabs and open them all when you load Firefox.
Other alternative browsers, such as Opera, have this feature, too, but they don’t share one other thing Firefox has going for it — its adaptability. One benefit of the open-source format is that any programmer who wants to can write a bit of software called an “extension,” which adds features to the browser. There are hundreds of these extensions listed already at Firefox’s home page (http://getfirefox.com), including everything from a plug-in that lets you play music from your browser toolbar to one that lets you search an on-line dictionary by clicking on a word.
So yes, this solution is becoming so obvious that even the mainstream media is starting to get it. Good to see.
If you haven’t already, go get Firefox, you fools!