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Poll: Which Web browser do you trust most?

With the proliferation of Web-based tools and systems, the browser has become a critical business application. As such, businesses and individuals must choose a browser that they trust. Which browser is your pick?

In a recent IT Dojo poll, I asked TechRepublic members if their Web browser has become their most-used interface platform. As of this writing and with over 700 votes counted, 51 percent of respondents reported that more than half, if not all, of the systems they or their users work with each day are accessed via a browser.

As these results show, browsers are a critical business application. Therefore, it's important for businesses and individuals to choose a browser that they trust, which isn't Internet Explorer--at least according to a poll on TechRepublic's sister site ZDNet. In his article, Two ActiveX vulnerabilities make IE a toxic choice, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes asked readers if Internet Explorer is "too toxic to trust." As of this writing, 68 percent of over 640 respondents said yes. I'd like to know what TechRepublic users think.

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17 comments
NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

...that IE is carrying 14% of the vote for most trusted browser. I would have guessed 5%, tops.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Lots of people voted Other (Like I did). I am curious what other browsers people are using.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Sounds like one of those ****box cars.

atakseraas
atakseraas

The name of the Other Browser that I use is AVANT. It is the original guts of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, without all the neurotic IE crap.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

I tried to include the most-prominent browsers in the list of answers. Surely not many people are using Konqueror, Netscape Navigator, or Amaya compared to the ones listed. I supposed people could be counting Flock, but it's built on Firefox code - so I didn't include it on the list.

tibythomas
tibythomas

This is one of the best I have seen so far out of IE, Chrome, Bing and safari

Snak
Snak

I write for the web and I write W3C compliant code (my sites generate no errors, unlike no other site I've come across - including this one) - but IE gives me the most pain. I HAVE to write to suit IE (which means different code for each flavour and for each browser check I have to make, that's another detraction from the speed of delivery) as it ships automatically to the non-savvy. It really is time for Microsoft to stop making inferior browsers and stick to overpriced officeware.

jr.golden300
jr.golden300

I like Firefox. It offers add-ons I could not live without in my current situation/schooling. It is fast, really fast, and I just like the overall feel and look of it. However, if I just wanted to surf the net and get there quick, wow! Opera is nice. Don't really care for it's overall feel though, just seems weird using it. I never have been able to put my finger on it as to why. Enjoyed this topic... thanks, Edit: And lets not forget how much more secure these browsers are over IE. Wow, IE is only used when I manually look for updates, that's it. J.R.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

Business in the front Party in the back Woo hoo!! And people were surprised by GM going into the commode why????

tora
tora

as an "other" voter I can tell you I mostly use Flock, it is quite diverged from Firefox (which I also use) these days. on macs I like to use Camino except lately it's taken to crashing, memory handling doesn't seem to be up to par with many tabs and windows going. On MS os's I also use Enigma quite a bit. You guys don't seem aware that there are hundreds of different browsers out there.

Jaqui
Jaqui

it's an active editor / publishing tool using the live website. while it works as a browser, that is only a small part of it's functionality. Amaya also has significant issues when rendering valid (x)html and css.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Camile is just a FF clone with what appears to be a Saffari look to it. I personally use Avant and Orca. Which are built from Trident and Mozilla engines. But just as each Linux distro is its own unique system, just built from the same parts, so is Avant and Orca. Lots of people ask me why I use Orca over firefox, my answer is simple, I like what Orca offers me out of the box better than Firefox.

tech10171968
tech10171968

But I doubt it would count since it uses the very same Gecko engine as Firefox and friends. It's not a well-known browser but you can think of it as Firefox without the bloat (in fact, that's why its adherents seem to prefer it to its more-famous cousin). I've tried it before, and it's a *snappy* little devil, surprisingly crisp and responsive.

paladin2
paladin2

I'm a long time Opera user and have tried Firefox several times and I too can't exactly put my finger on it but I just don't like it. Opera to me is far superior in speed and simplicity. I read the same thing about add ons in Firefox being a big plus but there's nothing I can't find a 'gadget' for. I'm not knocking Firefox, it's just never 'felt right'. I know that's a pretty vague complaint but I too can't quite put it into words. If I reinstalled it and had it in front of me I could get specific. I'd say speed and security if pressed though. Opera IS faster, at least on my machine and with it's big market share Firefox has it's own security attacks and holes to worry about. And probably the fact that I just don't like joining crowds might figure into it in a minor fashion.

SubgeniusD
SubgeniusD

Agree with Paladin2 plus the expanded Opera 10 speed dial page (25 top sites pre-loaded). The customizable Opera Portal for RSS feeds. And the new "link" and "unite" features. Decent mail, chat, torrent, Rss clients, note taker.....what's not to like? I just tried FF 3.5.1 the other day and it has improved speed, lots of nice features and is clearly a great product. So it's a choice between great and fabulous...and who the heck would stick with Internet Exploder at this point??

jpom22
jpom22

when i highlite then copy a page, then paste into an MS Word .doc, the links don't come along automatically, as they do when i access same page with IE.