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One killer feature apart from the rest
Modern browsers all do a good job of rendering HTML5 and managing things like tabs and bookmarks. But each of the top browsers also has its own personality.
Don't believe us? We've found a unique killer feature for each of the top six browsers: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and both versions of Internet Explorer (desktop and Windows 8).
Google Chrome highlights noisy tabs
It’s happened to everyone who’s ever used a web browser. You’re rolling along, with so many tabs open that they’ve begun scrolling off the screen, and suddenly an ad or video clip begins playing. Which tab is the annoying one? The only way to find out is to click and scroll and click and scroll.
Until Chrome version 32 arrived on the scene, that is. Beginning with that release, every open web page currently making noise is identified by a small speaker icon on its tab, meaning you can find and silence the offender with a quick scan.
This is one feature every browser should have, and probably will, someday. But for now it’s a Chrome exclusive.
Internet Explorer Tracking Protection Lists
The ugly secret of the Web is that you’re being tracked just about everywhere you go by advertisers and analytics companies that scoop up your personal data and store it in giant databases outside your control. There are plenty of third-party add-ons that claim to protect your privacy, but only Internet Explorer (version 9 or later) has this capability built in.
When you turn on Tracking Protection, you can use a list that Internet Explorer builds on the fly, as you use the browser. Or you can use a third-party list tailored to block specific domains known for their tracking behavior. Microsoft even created a list aimed at preventing Google from collecting data as you visit third-party sites.
If you care about privacy, it’s a good tool to keep at your disposal.