How do I choose the best browser for me?

You’ve just got started on your laptop, PC, or tablet and you want to choose a browser to surf the net. However, with so much choice, how on earth do you know which one to opt for? With Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera all out there, it might seem difficult to make the right decision.

Fortunately, we’re on hand to give you the criteria you should use to truly decide – and answer any questions you may have (seriously, just leave a comment in the box below).

Your device

Are you using a PC or laptop, or a mobile phone? Browsers like Google Chrome are great for PCs and laptops; free to download, fast and secure. However, Safari might be a better choice for a smartphone – and is automatically installed on Mac computers and iPhones. It allows you to read webpages in a format which works well on a mobile screen. When choosing a browser, you should bear in mind what’s best for the device you’re using.

Custom features

A lot of browsers include features that you can alter to create a truly personalized browsing experience. For example, Microsoft Edge enables you to make notes on a webpage while you’re reading and you can reformat pages if you’re finding them tough to read. Firefox, meanwhile, allows you to save content from particular pages and read it later on another device.

Speed

All browsers are pretty quick, but if speed is really important to you, then you’ll probably need to do a bit of research. You could read browser reviews and comparison features on the Internet, but perhaps the best way is to download a few browsers and compare them. Decide for yourself which offers the most seamless experience.

Tabs

We’ve all been there – you’ve opened too many tabs while working and can’t find the information you need. Annoying, right? That’s why you need to take tabs into consideration when you choose a browser, since each has their individual nuances. Again, everyone’s different, and it’s probably best to try a few different interfaces out before making a decision.

So…how do you actually download a browser? It’s really easy. Just visit the relevant website and click ‘download’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

Any questions? Just ask!