Old thinking about Internet browsers: Pick one and use it exclusively. Most likely, you chose Internet Explorer since it was the juggernaut of browsers.
New thinking: Pick two or three, even four browsers and use them to organize yourself.
- I downloaded the new Google Chrome browser last week and was given the opportunity to sync it up with my other browsers. I declined. I have so many bookmarks that this gives me a chance to start over without killing out something I may want later (not to mention the time it takes to kill out all those bookmarked pages).
- Pick one of your browsers to open quickly; no skins, no apps, no bells, no whistles, nothing to bloat it out. This is your browser for just quick and dirty surfing; like looking up a quick fact or headline.
- Pick one of your browsers to have all those bells and whistles. If your browser is going to be open awhile and your going to be working online; then it makes sense to take a little extra time for it to load and have all those tools at your fingertips.
- Use one browser for home and one for business. That way when you go back to "history" to retrace your steps online; it's not a mish mosh of sites you visit for work and college football scores.
- Remember: web sites look a little different in each browser. If a web site is not loading very well (that is, the widgets aren't functioning, there's little x's in boxes where pictures should be, etc.), try the same site in another browser.
- If Internet Explorer refuses to load a site for security reasons and you know that you want to load it anyway. You can either wade through all the screens to find the function to unblock that site or in a fraction of the time just use Firefox instead.
- Use one browser with the cookies turned off for more stealth surfing.
- Use one browser with the cookies turned on for hassle free access to all the sites you have a user registration setup.
- Use one browser with all the security layers in place for safer online shopping.
Last updated: Sep 8, 2008
RENEE ORICCHIO is a technology writer and former supervising news producer for CNN Financial News. She has been covering the computer industry since 1987. @oricchio