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Multiple Browsers

Monday, November 6th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Deb from New York asks:

I was wondering if I was able to have two different browsers on my computer? Right now I am using Internet Explorer, but I have heard a lot of things about Firefox and wanted to try it. If so, is there a “how to” on how to set it up?


You may have heard your friends talking about using multiple browsers, but along with that, you might be wondering why they’re doing that in the first place. Is it safe to use more than one Web browser? And even more importantly, is it necessary? Well, as with everything else in the world, there are varying opinions, but in this case, the answer may be yes.

There are so many browsers available these days, it’s hard to know which one will perform the best for you. Let’s see, there’s Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc. (I know I missed some, but those are the main ones used). So, instead of choosing just one browser to use, why not use two or three or even four? As long as your computer can handle that much data, there’s not really any reason not to. Most differing browsers connect well with each other and will cause you no additional problems.

Now, for the better question: Why should you use more than one browser. Why does it matter? Well, the biggest thing is having a back up resource. If one browser fails and breaks down, you will always have another one to back you up. Another big pro on the multiple browser’s side is that when you’re trying to access a Web page, etc. and it’s giving you trouble, you can always test it on another browser. That way, you will be able to see if it’s the actual browser, the Web site or if it’s something with your connection or firewall.

In other words, using more than one Web browser keeps you safe from vulnerabilities and with more than one browser on your side, you won’t ever have to worry about being shut down. You can always continue on with your work and get the job done. There’s no need for a formal “how to”, either. Just download your chosen browser, install, and you’re all set! When you want to use your alternate browser, just open it up!

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