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Ask the Macist -- Web Browsers

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Welcome to the latest edition of 'Ask the MACist', the column where I answer your Macintosh and other technology questions. Our question this week comes from Mark in Santa Monica. He asks: I'm new to the Mac and was wondering which web browser I should use. Safari, Firefox or something else?

Which web browser to use can sometimes be a hard question to answer. The three major ones for the Mac that I use most often - Apple's Safari, Firefox and Camino -- all have their advantages and disadvantages. In the old days, Apple used to bundle Microsoft Internet Explorer with every Mac sold. Later, Apple dropped IE in favor of it own Safari web browser.

Then, as it often does in the world of technology, other browsers for the Mac started to pop up and try for their share of the Mac browser market. Recent statistics put Firefox ahead of Safari for Mac users and just behind IE 6 for Windows users with Camino not even showing up on the charts at all. So, for the Mac, it would seem Firefox would be the popular choice and the one you should go with. However, it might not be the right choice.