Bellevue, CA (PressExposure) June 09, 2011 -- Back in 1996, Netscape Navigator towered over the Internet landscape. It controlled around 80 percent of the Internet browser market. Fast forward a few years and Netscape all but disappeared from the scene while Internet Explorer dominated the browser landscape. Sadly, this giant had clay feet and after years of user frustration with spyware and virus threats enabled by vulnerabilities present in Internet Explorer, many users turned to Navigator's open source successor, Mozilla Firefox. Add to this tumultuous mix, the rising needs for page browsing customizations, social networking compatibility, and personalization and you have, in a thumbnail, the history of the modern web browser.
"We've definitely come a long way," said Oliver Thompson, media relations principal at ixDownload.com, the Internet's leading source of software information, software downloads, and review guides. "It is impossible to deny that the browser landscape today is more diverse and robust than it was before. Despite this diversity though, certain core considerations remain the same. These are classic factors to keep in mind when selecting among differing web browsers because they don't change with time," noted Thompson. While the demographic mix of Internet users has changed throughout the years, the same classic considerations identified by ixDownload haven't changed. These are: functional efficiency, customizability, Admin efficiency, security, and technical support. IxDownload.com's browser resource guide is located at http://www.ixdownload.com/reviews/web-browser-software/
"By focusing on classic considerations, ixDownload.com's browser software guide will withstand changing tastes in browsing technologies. These factors remain as crucial now as before. We stripped down our review and assessment of particular browsers and instead of fixating on particular titles, we focused on the most important player in the browser selection process-the end user," noted Thompson. Browsers differ widely from each other because they are built on differing needs and priorities. However, ixDownload's guide focuses on the core consideration of security as the overriding factor in browser selection. "Everything else is secondary, really," said Thompson. Users considering browsers must spend a lot of time evaluating their security needs and focus on this factor before thinking of other considerations. "We built our web browser software guide to help users piece together a profile for their particular needs which they then apply to prospective browser titles. However, the base of this process - the foundation, really - is security," added Thompson. Based on the solid core of security, today's browser users can then scale up to the specific solution that best meets their particular needs.