I can’t remember when I decided to download Google’s browser called Chrome. Owning an iMac that came with Apple’s browser Safari, I had decided that Safari wasn’t the best browser for me. I had switched to Firefox but really liked the idea of using Chrome since I have been a very satisfied user of other Google products. As recently as just a few years ago, some websites only worked with Internet Explorer and Firefox. Thankfully, that’s no longer a problem!
After I switched to Chrome, this is what I discovered:
- Chrome doesn’t come with a busy, pre-configured home page. It’s beautifully simple.
- Chrome is the fastest web browser on my iMac (and my husband’s!).
- Chrome has an awesome spell checker when I type search phrases in the tool bar.
- Chrome let’s you design your home screen with only what you want to see.
- Chrome makes using and accessing Gmail, Google Calendars and Google Drive so easy and seamless. In fact, if I sign into Chrome on any computer that has Chrome installed, all my settings and home page are there!
Some less obvious benefits are Safe Browsing, Sandboxing and Auto-Updates. Safe Browsing will warn you with a message before you open a website that is suspected of malware or phishing (often generically called computer viruses). Sandboxing adds another layer of protection to prevent viruses from installing on your computer.
I like Chrome so much that I’ve even downloaded it to my iPhone and iPad.
If Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox is working great for you, then you may not be inclined to try Chrome. However, if you’re not thrilled with the others, and particularly if you use Gmail, I encourage you to give Chrome a try and let me know in the comments below if you like it.
Here’s a link with more info about Chrome.