Web browsers are one of the most important pieces of software on your computer, as they are used daily to connect us online. Websites are the platform that connect a business with its clients, but the browser is what bridges that communication. There are three major browsers out there now, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer (soon to be the new Edge).
For our website, we currently recommend the use of Firefox. It has similar qualities of the other popular browsers such as speed and reliability, but what sets Firefox apart is its privacy and security add-ons. Firefox is less invasive when it comes to tracking and due to the nature of our business and use of our website to retrieve and display data, we are cautious and deliberate when it comes to recommending web browsers. Currently, Firefox provides more privacy than the other browsers out there today.
Another browser to consider would be Google Chrome. In the past we have not supported Google Chrome due to its invasive tracking system, auto-fill capabilities and general disregard for web standards that caused our web pages not to display correctly. However, after steps were taken to enhance the security along with the web standard itself changing, we are working towards making a few modifications on our website so that Google Chrome can be used in the near future. A concern we have with Google Chrome is there is talk that the auto-fill feature is being made predictive instead of reactive, which means as you type, the browser will try to guess what you mean before you finish and fill in data for you. This can be helpful at home when you're trying to order something from Amazon, but in our line of business when you're dealing with Federally required reports - it can cause much more harm than help.
Internet Explorer is no longer being supported or kept up with by programmers, which means it is out of date and will not be functional in the near future. The replacement for Internet Explorer is Edge, which has already been released once but had so many kinks that it had to be re-built from the ground up. From our research, Edge will not be as reliable as Internet Explorer was, but will likely share similar qualities to Google Chrome. The official release of the chromium-based Edge is expected soon and a significant Firefox update is expected later this year as well. As web browsers continue to evolve and compete, the battle will continue. Stay tuned!