If you are using Firefox, then sit back and relax. You already appreciate the advantages of a well designed browser. Just do me a favor though. Check that you are running version 10 or later. There have been sever major updates in the last few months.
If you are not using Firefox, then you should read on. First let me say that the argument will rage on forever if one browser is better than another and so forth. I do not intend to get into this discussion here. This is my opinion and I think everyone should hear it and wander off to ignore or take to heart.
As most of my visitors know I have been involved in computers one way or another for over thirty years. I have worked with real mainframes that took up a couple of average size lounge rooms in a strictly temperature controlled environment. Hell, a mouse in those days was still a small fury rodent that you did not want to have around.
For the last 14 years or so I have run repair businesses and seen all kinds of malware on a regular basis. Folks seem quite clever making wrong decisions. These wrong decisions result in thousands of dollars to effect repairs that really should never have been required. I know perhaps I should not be attempting to prevent this sort of menace, but my nature is to try to help folks.
So in a nutshell, should you trust you mate down the road who says software x is OK? Probably not! He was probably my last customer who turned up here with his computer and a complicated story that I really did not need to hear. You would always be best to heed the advice of somebody who deals with computers and malware regularly.
Back to the topic, why should you use Firefox over other browsers? Well in my experience, people who use Firefox are less likely to bring malware into their computer. It nay be argued that people who use Firefox are more likely to be experienced users, however that is not my observation. Some of my customers know very little about the “Nuts and bolts” and simply use Firefox because that was installed when they bought their computer and they knew no difference.
Firefox has a good pedigree, having evolved from the original browser family from times when the internet was starting for people outside universities and research organizations. It was very basic back then, 20 years or so but the developers of Netscape led the world for many years until Microsoft integrated IE into Windows and shelled out millions of advertising to convince the world how good and wholesome their program was. Many were not convinced and Netscape Navigator survived to become Mozilla. Eventually the browser was to become Firefox.
My final point. People who use Firefox tend to have much less incidence of having their computer infected with malware programs.
By the way, did you know that taking your computer to an experienced technician when you do get infected with malware before you attempt to fix it yourself usually costs around half as much? This is due mainly to the fact that the more things you attempt, the harder it becomes to remove the infection. Downloading supposed “fixem” programs rarely will put you in a better position. Even the programs that experienced technicians make use of can trash your computer completely to the point where data recovery and reloading is required. This at least doubles the time taken to fix your computer.