Alternative web browsers - safer surfing?

Web browsers are like surfboards for internet users. Internet Explorer is still the most widely distributed browser, but it doesn't take much scratching beneath the surface to discover that other programs provide better protection from phishers and other cyber-criminals. As an added bonus, the other programs are also generally easier to use and offer more functionality. The best known alternative browser is Firefox, from Mozilla. It continues to steal market shares from Internet Explorer, not least because it is considered a safer alternative.

"Security holes are much less frequently discovered in Firefox," says Andreas Hentschel from Munich-based Chip magazine. "The Firefox developer community is quite ambitious, which means that its comfort factor is constantly on the rise," says Christian Immler, an Internet expert and book author.