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Topic Started: Oct 12 2012, 11:19 PM (270 Views)
Matilda Love
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So, I'm still using IE
And am locked inside walls of fire and what not......

Which server should a simple minded soul such as myself switch over to?

I wondered about Chrome or Firefox - but really have no idea what I'm talking about.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Almonaster
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Firstly, you're talking about browsers, not servers (they're at the other end of the line).

I use Firefox - it's free, opens source, and has a lot of useful add-ons (get NoScript and AdBlock straight away if you decide to use FF).

Chrome is free and good, but is not open source and will send a lot of data about your browsing habits to Google.

Opera is technically superb, is also free, not open source, but is the least like IE in the way it works.

There are several others out there, but those are the main contenders.
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Jack Tarr
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I agree with Al that Firefox is probably your best option.
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disposablepuppetland
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I'd recommend Firefox.

However, regarding add-ons, although NoScript is great and I use it myself, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they already have a basic understanding of DNS and Javascript. Too many sites these days rely on Javascript for even basic functionality and enabling it for the right domains is often not straightforward.
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Matilda Love
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Thankyou :D

:lol: me calling a browser a server - sheesh - until something captivates me I'm still such a new born with all this!

Firefox it is then.

Three of you - so I can ask you questions if needs be - and my brother uses Firefox too - so should be lots of help available.

*heads off to look up open source, add-ons (can kinda guess), No Script, DNS....*
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A quick explanation of NoScript...

There are two types of code that can make up a web page. HTML deals with the content (text, images, etc) and the layout. This is called static content because it doesn't change. Essentially HTML just describes a page.

Then there is active content, which is almost always Javascript. This is a full programming language that allows web pages to respond to the user, communicate with the server in the background, track the user, repeat things at set times, and all sorts of other stuff.

Some sites are pure HTML, but most these days have some Javascript. Many sites, especially big corporate sites, load scripts from many different places. For example, this forum loads scripts from invisionfree.com, as you would expect, but also from googleadservices.com, googlesyndication.com, quantserve.com, ifrm.com, and viglink.com - which are all for the ads.

This becomes a problem for several reasons:
- Security. It provides an opportunity to run malware in your browser. Obviously genuine sites don't want to serve you malware, but the more places they load scripts from the more difficult it is for them to check, and the responsibility becomes increasingly delegated (ie. forgotten about)
- Performance. The more scripts your browser is running the more work it has to do to load a page. This isn't such a big problem these days but there are still plenty of sites around that run better without some of their scripts.
- Unwanted Behaviour. Mostly ads that load video or float around over the text, but also other annoying things like sounds and popups.
- Tracking. Companies can use scripts to track your behaviour all around the internet. You may or may not care about that but some people do.

NoScript blocks all scripts by default and allows you to enable them individually based on where they came from. This sounds great but in practice that means many sites just don't work at all until you figure out which scripts they actually need. Personally I think it's worth the effort, but then I do this kind of stuff for a living so it's easy for me.
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Matilda Love
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Thank you DPL - that was alot clearer than anything I might have looked up.
In fact I would go so far as to say I understood what you said!

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Heres a hint Mat, Stop using IE, it stinks
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Heres a hint Mat, Stop using IE, it stinks

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I try my best :thumbsup:
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And to underline the point...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/...ploit-companies
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