Power Over Web Browsing

You may have heard the famous Mozilla Firefox Web browser that is second to Internet Explorer in world statistics for usage. However, Firefox (Fx) is not just an ordinary browser. It has many features that the average user doesn’t know about. If you’re just using Fx for browsing, then get a load of the themes and add-ons provided for free. And if you have never used this browser before, it’s a good time to give it a try.

The best part about it is that Firefox is an open source and entirely free (i.e., a program code can be modified by users.) Thousands of people around the world have taken their time and dedication to this browser to create themes and add-ons for all users to download and try out. Organizing bookmarks and browsing the web has never been easier.

Firefox provided a very easy and user-friendly bookmarks organizer. In the menu, a user can choose to create new folders and easily drag saved pages into each, highlight and remove, import/export bookmarks, and add links to the “bookmarks toolbar,” which shows up as default on the browser. If this makes it easy, Firefox also has over 800 bookmark add-ons provided on their add-on Web site to help even more.

This browser also has many kinds of themes imitating other browsers, such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 7 and 8, Avant Browser, Opera and other themes featuring random concepts. Nevertheless, themes provide full browser look-and-feel and customization that suits different tastes of users.

Firefox comes with a “tools” menu providing settings, which feature easy password management, security and encryption settings, tab settings, privacy cleanup and a download manager. While all these things are given to the browser by default, users can enhance almost any or every setting featured by using those flavorful additions from Firefox’s add-on site. Whether the add-ons are for weather, e-mail, chatting, advanced privacy settings, enhanced download management or ad-blocking, these great additions are what makes Firefox a unique browser and fitted for everyone’s tastes.

Other than the add-ons and themes, the browser itself is customizable. Hiding and switching around toolbars on the browser has never been easier, and adding and removing buttons from the menu bar is also a click away. Users can also manage “search engines” on the right of the address bar to quickly search from specific Web sites without having to go to the site’s main page. The browser also has tab browsing to make Web browsing easier, without having to open numerous windows at a time.

Also, the download and setup is only 8 MB, and it is a quick installation, which also comes in a “portable” version for flash drives. It comes with a “safe mode” to help users figure out what add-ons or modifications caused the browser to malfunction, and the ability to revert the changes. And since Mozilla and dedicated users frequently log bugs and errors, the browser’s function is almost flawless (no crashes), and gets better in every version.

However, Firefox tends to also have minor problems, such as very high memory usage and very slow startup on first use. Firefox tends to use a lot of memory throughout time, regardless of the amount of tabs opened. When starting up a computer and opening Fx for the first time, it also takes a lot longer to load up than any other browser (Internet Explorer 8, Opera).

However, seeing the numerous features this browser provides, it’s very hard to stay focused on the two minor issues I’ve seen. Which is why, overall, Firefox should be an addition to all computers, and I highly recommend trying it out.

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