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Browsers forum: Why do I need two browsers these days?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) September 20, 2013 3:39 PM PDT

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Why do I need two browsers these days?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 9/20/13 3:39 PM


Why do I need two browsers these days?

Despite (or maybe because of) constant "upgrades" allegedly designed to "protect" my online security, I find myself having to run two browsers in order to access Web sites that I never had problems accessing before. Passwords and forms that don't work on Chrome mysteriously work on Firefox, and vice versa. And while they all might work on Safari, I gave up battling the onslaught of pop-up hurdles that plagued me after I "upgraded" and seemed to require a Ph.D. in computer science to disable. And why does Google Chrome request access to my CreateSpace account, when I'm not doing anything with it, not even having an open window even vaguely related to it?

Isn't there a governing body controlling the development of browsers to ensure compatibility with Web standards and oversight of their personal-data collection? With companies like Google and Apple and Yahoo trying to gain a monopolistic advantage and milk their user databases for every half-penny of profit, browsers are acting less like browsing tools than devious mechanisms to ensnare clientele in their proprietary clutches, collect personal data, and block out competing technologies.

Can't they stop concentrating on new ways to squeeze us dry and just be content to profit from ads? Or better yet, I'd rather pay a reasonable yearly or monthly license fee for a browser that worked on every site I visited without crashing due to some input overload from invisible "services" tracking me and analyzing me as if I were a gold mine that needed to be drained of every nugget.

I admit I'm not the most savvy tech user but I've been cruising the Web for nearly two decades and I've never found it more frustrating and time-consuming. If that's progress, I say, put a lid on it.

Am I the only one who feels this way? I'd like to hear your opinions. Thanks.

--Submitted by Joe A.

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