If you are like me, a Firefox user no longer tied to Internet Explorer, there has been some exciting news lately. Mozilla has recently started pushing to users version 3.0 of the browser, which includes many new features that make it worth the upgrade.  Consider some of these:

  • Instant Web Site ID. Assuming the web site provides the information, which isn’t always the case, clicking on an icon to the left of the URL in the address window allows you to “check up on suspicious sites, avoid Web forgeries and make sure a site is what it claims to be.”
  • One-Click Bookmarking. An empty star now appears at rhe right end of the URL window.  Click on it once to bookmark the page; double click to choose the folder to put a bookmark in.
  • Smart Bookmark Folders. These are customizable folders that organize your bookmarks dynamically, such as Most Visited, Recently Bookmarked, and Recently Tagged.
  • Smart Location Bar. This is Browser History on steroids.  “Type in a term and the autocomplete function includes possible matching sites from your browsing history, as well as sites you’ve bookmarked and tagged.”  This makes it much easier to find that site you forgot to bookmark!
  • Improved Password Manager. You can save a site’s logon information through a bar that appears at the top of the screen rather than a pop-up  window.  This allows you to save the info after you have confirmed that you typed it in correctly!

There are many more that have been added that are worth a look.  Microsoft has also released Internet Explorer 8, and Google is going to release Chrome.  This is a great time for browsers, and if you use Firefox, this upgrade is definitely worth the download.