Chapter V.2. Finding Your Way Around Browsers

In This Chapter

  • Recognizing that Internet Explorer ain't the only game in town

  • Tabbing through the Internet Explorer window

  • Protecting yourself from phishers

  • Playing hide-and-seek with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome

For hundreds of millions of people, the Web and Internet Explorer (IE) are synonyms. It's fair to say that IE has done more to extend the reach of PC users than any other product — enabling people from all walks of life, in all corners of the globe, to see what a fascinating world we live in.

At the same time, IE has become an object of attack by spammers, scammers, thieves, and other lowlifes. As the Internet's lowest (or is it greatest?) common denominator, IE draws a lot of unwanted attention.

This chapter concentrates on showing you how to use Internet Explorer to do what you want to do. At the same time, it also gives you hints about using Firefox — the number-one competitor of Internet Explorer — and Google Chrome, which has advantages over the other two.

This chapter covers topics that are common to all three major browsers: IE, Firefox, and Chrome. (Most of the topics pertain to other browsers, too.) The next chapter delves deeper into the inner workings of IE, showing you how to customize and cajole the beast into behaving more in tune with your desires. The chapter after that helps you dig into Firefox.

Exploring Internet Explorer Alternatives: Firefox and Chrome


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