Why you need an alternative web browser

Filed under: Computing Tips,Security,Tech Support - Mar 07 2017

Updated March 2017:

A web browser is the program that you use to access internet web sites. For most of this decade the most popular browsers include Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and the AOL browser. Some browsers are faster than others, while others have more security precautions built-in. Whichever one you use, it’s a good idea to install and become familiar with at least one alternative web browser now – in case your regular web browser doesn’t work or can’t access some or all web sites.


In 2015 Microsoft released a new browser called “Microsoft Edge” bundled with their Windows 10 operating system. Since the release of Edge, Microsoft has stopped updating features in the once-popular Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer has become less reliable and more prone to security issues in the past few years and we no longer recommend it using it as your primary browser. Currently the most popular and secure browser is Google’s Chrome browser.

In summary you need to have and be familiar with multiple browsers, so when one doesn’t work to access certain web sites, you’ve got a backup alternative browser.

Troubleshooting Tip: If accessing web sites with your regular browser does not work, but it does work with an alternative web browser, it can be assumed that it’s a problem with your browser or web site and not a problem with your internet connection. With an alternative browser you can continue to access web sites until Computer Techs can fix your regular browser.

Like backing up your computer before disaster strikes, we suggest installing an alternative web browser today so that you’ll have it available in case of an emergency.

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3 Responses to “Why you need an alternative web browser”

  1. Ed Brown Says:

    Really appreciate the information. Thank you.

  2. Bill Viets Says:

    I keep getting a popup that says “the security certificate is issued by a company that you have chosen not to trust, view the certificate to determine if you want to trust the certifying authority” and unless I say proceed or not it freezes up IE. The dates are also valid. Yet it keeps popping up. When I go to view the certificate it says it is valid. Any ideas how to solve this issue? I have tried several solutions from the web community but nothing works. By the way, I never get this popup when using Firefox.

  3. Admin Says:

    ^^ I would need to troubleshoot the issue – it could be due to adware. If using Internet Explorer is important to you, please give me a call to schedule. Otherwise, now you can see why I recommend having an alternative browser since Firefox is working for you.

    – Mark

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