If you're like most web surfers, you're probably still using the browser that initially came with your computer. While that's not bad, if you're system is even a year old, then you're missing out on today's most efficient browsing tools.

By studying how most people use the web, both Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape's Navigator have both been greatly enhanced to make the most common Internet tasks easier, faster and more efficient.

What's New:

Offline Browsing: If you're a notebook computer user, you'll love the ability to "capture" your favorite web site for later viewing, even when you're not online. Not only does this allow you to read your favorite web magazines at your leisure, but you can save your own website and then show off your Internet marketing savvy during listing presentations too.

Memorized Passwords: If you've subscribed to any premium content on the web, then you're probably quite tired of having to enter your username and password every time you visit a restricted site. For users who don't have to worry about strangers accessing their systems, you can now let your browser memorize, and submit, your log-in information for you.

Finding Information: The latest upgrades offer several tools to make it much easier to find what you're looking for. You can now directly type not just web site addresses, but the actual keywords, or names, that you're looking for and the browser will automatically search the web for you.

Surfing Faster: There are now many ways to get exactly where you're going, faster. When you begin typing a web address, the latest browsers will compare what you're typing with sites you've previously visited and then display a list that you can simply choose from. You can also see a complete history of sites you've previously visited. This history can be sorted alphabetically, by date or by how frequently you've visited. Both of these tools make it much easier to get to your favorite sites, without the hassle, or misspellings, that come from typing.

Personal Safety: The latest upgrades also offer increased data encryption for enhanced security when you're sending sensitive information online. Additionally, they support much greater protection for your personal computer system when running the downloaded Internet software, such as Java. This last feature becomes invaluable for anyone who's looking to get the most functionality out of the Internet, both today, and tomorrow.

Which Browser To Use?

While there are differences between the two most popular browsers, choosing is usually a matter of personal preference. To minimize time wasted re-learning a new program, it's generally most efficient to simply upgrade your current program.

Regardless of which browser you're using, you can determine your current version by going to the "help" menu and selecting the "about" option. Compare your version with what is available from either Netscape or Microsoft and if your version isn't current, then you should probably upgrade - for free, of course!

For Internet Explorer, go to www.microsoft.com or for Netscape Navigator, visit www.netscape.com and follow the links from there.


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