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Thorough descriptions of web browsers including what they are, how they function, what they consist of, as well as the different ways that they are utilized.
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The 2014 Readers' Choice Awards Winners: Web Browsers
The 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Web Browsers featured five finalists across eleven diverse categories, including two new entries: Best Google Chrome App and Best Windows Phone Browser.

2014 About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Web Browsers
The Web Browsers portion of the 2014 About.com Readers' Choice Awards includes finalists in eleven categories, ranging from Best Major Desktop Browser to Best Google Chrome App.

How to Use Tor Browser for Anonymous Web Browsing
Tor Browser Bundle allows you to browse the Web over the Tor network, providing an anonymous browsing experience through the use of a series of virtual tunnels and relays.

The 2013 Readers' Choice Awards Winners: Web Browsers
This year's browser-related awards were highlighted by such categories as Best iPad Browser and Best Browser Theme. Winners were announced on March 27, 2013.

2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Web Browsers
The Web Browsers portion of the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards includes finalists in nine categories, ranging from Best Major Desktop Browser to Best User Script.

How to Use PirateBrowser to Avoid Internet Censorship
PirateBrowser can be used to bypass the blocking of websites by several worldwide governments.

2012 About.com Student Browser Package
25 of the best Chrome apps and extensions geared towards students and instructors alike.

Vote For Your Favorite Overall Add-On
The Best Overall Add-On category in the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards contains the following five finalists: Booly, DownThemAll!, Evernote Web Clipper, Firebug, and Turn Off the Lights.

The 2012 Readers' Choice Awards Winners: Web Browsers
This year's browser-related awards were highlighted by such categories as Best Android Browser and Best Privacy/Security Add-on. Winners were announced on March 30, 2012.

The 2011 Readers' Choice Awards Winners: Web Browsers
The Web Browsers section of the 2011 About.com Readers' Choice Awards honored the year's best browsers and browser-related software. The ten categories, each containing five finalists from January's nomination period, are as follows: Best Major Desktop Browser, Best Mobile Browser, Best Small Market Desktop Browser, Best Overall Add-On, Best...

Keyboard Shortcuts - Firefox 9 for Linux
A comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts for Mozilla Firefox 9 for Linux.

Show the World Your Web Browser
The parallels between our "real" lives and their virtual counterparts run much deeper than orderliness, however. Our hobbies as well as our professional lives and, to a certain extent, our personalities shine through the most in the place you'd least expect - our Web browsers. Because of this, what could be more interesting than taking a peek at the Web browsers of other people from all… See submissions

Mozilla Executives: Why Firefox 4 Will Blow You Away
With the official release of Firefox 4 set for March 22, I had the opportunity to interview two of the people responsible for the browser reaching this point: Johnathan Nightingale, Director of Firefox Engineering and Mike Beltzner, Director of Firefox at Mozilla Corporation. We discussed Firefox’s past, present, and future, along with some of...

Adding Multiple Users in Chrome for Linux
Google Chrome for Linux allows you to create multiple users, each having their own personalized version of the browser on the same machine. This tutorial explains how to do this, and also provides an introduction to Google Sync.

The 2010 Reader's Choice Awards Winners: Web Browsers
The Web Browsers section of the 2010 About.com Reader's Choice Awards honored the year's best browsers and browser-related software. The seven categories, each containing five finalists from January's nomination period, are as follows: Best Browser Theme, Best Independent Browser, Best Major Desktop Browser, Best Mobile Browser, Best Overall...

The 2010 Reader's Choice Awards: Web Browsers
The Web Browsers section of the 2010 About.com Reader's Choice Awards honors the year's best browsers and browser-related software. The seven categories, each containing five finalists from January's nomination period, are as follows: Best Browser Theme, Best Independent Browser, Best Major Desktop Browser, Best Mobile Browser, Best Overall Add-On (Non-Security), Best Privacy/Security Add-On, a…

2010 About.com Reader's Choice Awards
For the first time, About.com's Computing Channel will be running a coordinated Reader's Choice Awards. During January 2010, you'll be able to nominate your favorite sites, services and innovations in categories ranging from the best IM client and email service to best Web design and Web browser. Then, in February, check back to see if your favorite nominees made the cut, and cast your vote. Winn…

Web Browser Innovations - About Web Browsers - What's Your Favorite B…
This decade has seen its share of remarkable breakthroughs in technology, and the Web browser is certainly no exception. We have certainly come a long way since waiting patiently for Web pages to load in IE5 at 14.4Kbps. The following list ranks those innovations that have affected the browser the most over the past ten years, as determined by reader feedback and overall impact. Which one is y…

The Top Web Browser Innovations of the Decade
This decade has seen its share of remarkable breakthroughs in technology, and the Web browser is certainly no exception. We have certainly come a long way since waiting patiently for Web pages to load in IE5 at 14.4Kbps. The following list ranks those innovations that have affected the browser the most over the past ten years, as determined by reader feedback and overall impact.

Top Web Browser Innovations of the Decade
Although rudimentary Web browsers were available on select PDAs as early as 1996, true surfing on-the-go did not really become a part of our lives until this first decade of the new millenium. Not surprisingly Microsoft was in the fray early on with its Mobile Explorer browser, marketed as a portable version of IE. However, not until Opera burst on the scene with such groundbreaking innovations…

Top Web Browser Innovations of the Decade
It can be argued that nothing has had a bigger impact on the Web browser over the past decade than add-ons have. Occasionally referred to as extensions or plug-ins, these little programs have turned ordinary browsers into virtual powerhouses. Written by independent parties in most cases, add-ons are installed and essentially become part of the browser itself - adding endless possibilities to it…

Top Web Browser Innovations of the Decade
Some of the most common search phrases related to Web browsers deal with removing browsing history and deleting private data. People want privacy while surfing the Web, and in many cases do not want to leave any traces behind telling what sites they've visited, what information they've entered, and what they may have downloaded.

Top Web Browser Innovations of the Decade
Perhaps the greatest browser innovation to hit the scene over the past decade is the tab. Although most of us probably take it for granted at this point, tabbed browsing added a new level of convenience to our daily lives. Long gone are the days where multitasking meant having several browser windows open at the same time.

The Top Web Browser Innovations of the Decade
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The 2008 About Web Browsers Awards - Best New Browser
The 2008 About Web Browsers Awards: Best New Browser - Google Chrome.

The 2008 About Web Browsers Awards - Best Mobile Browser
The 2008 About Web Browsers Awards: Best Mobile Browser - Safari for the iPhone.

The 2008 About Web Browsers Awards - Best Security Add-on
The 2008 About Web Browsers Awards: Best Security Add-on - NoScript.

The 2008 About Web Browsers Awards - Best Beta Browser
The 2008 About Web Browsers Awards: Best Beta Browser - Internet Explorer 8.

How to Manage Private Data in your Web Browser
Each browser possesses its own unique functionality when it comes to dealing with private data. Some provide total control over items such as browsing history and cookies, not only giving you the ability to delete them but also to manipulate the way they are stored and viewed. It is important to know how your favorite browser handles this sensitive data.

How To Avoid Downloading Bad Browsers
A thorough guide to determining which free web browser downloads are safe and secure.

The Latest and Greatest Web Browser News
The latest web browser news including new releases, development information, happenings with the browser makers, and a tally of the ongoing browser wars.

A Comparison of Web Browsers for Windows
A detailed comparison of Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 for Windows, including several features of each web browser.

A Comparison of Web Browsers for Macintosh (OS X)
A detailed comparison of Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox for Macintosh (OS X), including several features of each web browser.

Screenshots of Internet Explorer 8
Screenshots and a Walkthrough of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 Web browser.

What is a Web Browser?
An explanation of what web browsers are and how they function.

What Exactly is a URL?
About's Internet for Beginners Guide, Paul Gil, gives you the scoop on what makes up a URL (e.g., http://www.about.com).

Web Browser Usage Statistics
W3Schools provides web browser statistics and trends including browser market share, common display resolution, color depth and more.

Comparison of Web Browsers
Wikipedia provides a comparison of several web browsers including release dates, operating system support, web technology support, and much more.

The Internet Beginner's Handbook
About's Internet for Beginners Guide, Paul Gil, provides a wealth of tutorials and articles involving web browsers and the Internet in general.

John LeSieur - People CD, Inc.
An interview with John LeSieur, President and CEO of People CD, Inc. His company has created a Web browser designed specifically for children with autism, autism spectrum disorders, pervasive development disorders, as well as PDD-NOS.

How to Manage Browsing History and Other Private Data
A detailed description of private data components in your Web browser and how to manage them. This data includes browsing history, cache, cookies, and more.

Best Overall Add-On (Non-Privacy/Security)
The Best Overall Non-Privacy/Security Add-On category accepts nominations for any browser add-on, plug-in, or extension that is not related to privacy or security. Privacy and security-related add-ons were given their own separate category. Add-ons which run on multiple browsers and platforms, as well as those only compatible with a specific...

Best Privacy/Security Add-On
The Best Privacy/Security Add-On category accepts nominations for any browser add-ons, plug-ins, or extensions that are designed to protect your privacy and ensure your safety while surfing the Web. This includes add-ons which run on multiple browsers and platforms, as well as those only compatible with a specific configuration.

Best User Script
The Best User Script category accepts nominations for any browser user scripts (Greasemonkey scripts, Google Chrome user scripts, etc.) whatsoever. This includes scripts which run on multiple browsers and platforms as well as those only compatible with specific configurations.

Best Browser Theme
The Best Browser Theme category accepts nominations for any skins or themes that alter the appearance of your favorite browser. Themes which run on multiple browsers and platforms, as well as those only compatible with a specific configuration are allowed.

Best Small Market Desktop Browser
The Best Small Market Desktop Browser category accepts nominations for any Web browsers not considered to be mainstream (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.). Independent browsers are normally developed by smaller development companies or individual developers. They are usually not created to compete directly with the "big boys", but rather to...

Best iPad Browser
The Best iPad Browser category accepts nominations for any Web browsers that run on the popular Apple tablet. This includes the device's integrated browser as well as those available via the App Store, both free and paid.

Best Overall Add-On (Non-Privacy/Security)
The Best Overall Non-Privacy/Security Add-On category accepts nominations for any browser add-on, plug-in, or extension that is not related to privacy or security. Privacy and security-related add-ons were given their own separate category. Add-ons which run on multiple browsers and platforms, as well as those only compatible with a specific...

Best Privacy/Security Add-On
The Best Privacy/Security Add-On category accepts nominations for any browser add-ons, plug-ins, or extensions that are designed to protect your privacy and ensure your safety while surfing the Web. This includes add-ons which run on multiple browsers and platforms, as well as those only compatible with a specific configuration.

Best iPhone/iPod touch Browser
The Best iPhone/iPod touch Browser category accepts nominations for any Web browsers that run on both of these popular Apple portables. This includes Apple's integrated browser as well as those available via the App Store, both free and paid.

Best User Script
The Best User Script category accepts nominations for any browser user scripts (Greasemonkey scripts, Google Chrome user scripts, etc.) whatsoever. This includes scripts which run on multiple browsers and platforms as well as those only compatible with specific configurations.

Best Major Desktop Browser
The Web Browsers section of the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards honors the year's best browsers and browser-related software. The Best Major Desktop Browser category accepts nominations for desktop browsers that are considered to be mainstream. Although "major Web browsers" is technically a grouping reserved for those released by well...

Best Browser Theme
The Best Browser Theme category accepts nominations for any skins or themes that alter the appearance of your favorite browser. Themes which run on multiple browsers and platforms, as well as those only compatible with a specific configuration are allowed.

Best Small Market Desktop Browser
The Best Small Market Desktop Browser category accepts nominations for any Web browsers not considered to be mainstream (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.). Independent browsers are normally developed by smaller development companies or individual developers. They are usually not created to compete directly with the "big boys", but rather to...

Best iPad Browser
The Best iPad Browser category accepts nominations for any Web browsers that run on the popular Apple tablet. This includes the device's integrated browser as well as those available via the App Store, both free and paid.

Best Android Browser
The Best Android Browser category accepts nominations for any Web browsers that run on the Android platform. This includes Android's stock browser as well as those available via the Market, both free and paid.

Best Android Browser
The Best Android Browser category accepts nominations for any Web browsers that run on the Android platform. This includes Android's stock browser as well as those available via the Market, both free and paid.

Best iPhone/iPod touch Browser
The Best iPhone/iPod touch Browser category accepts nominations for any Web browsers that run on both of these popular Apple portables. This includes Apple's integrated browser as well as those available via the App Store, both free and paid.

2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
The 2013 About.com Readers’ Choice Awards will showcase the best products, features and services in dozens of categories.

Best Major Desktop Browser
The Web Browsers section of the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards honors the year's best browsers and browser-related software. The Best Major Desktop Browser category accepts nominations for desktop browsers that are considered to be mainstream. Although "major Web browsers" is technically a grouping reserved for those released by well...

2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
The 2012 About.com Readers’ Choice Awards will showcase the best products, features and services in dozens of categories. Readers’ Choice includes multiple channels ranging from technology to hobbies to parenting. Nominations will be accepted starting Jan. 18, 2012. Voting will take place from Feb. 22 through March 21 with winners announced...

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