Welcome to DORO – Pull Up a Chair
I’ve been trying to break up with my browser for months now and it hasn’t worked. Currently, I default to Firefox (or Foxy) as my go-to guy when I need to browse the Internet. Once I realize that I need to search for something, I go straight to call up Mozilla. Sometimes, it loads right away but more and more, it’s lagging and taking its own sweet time. I’m left there waiting, and I notice the others in my menu – Safari and Chrome – just beckoning me to give them a try. Occasionally I give them a shot when I’m tired of waiting. I always go back – but I think I’m ready to shift to a new option. Here’s why.
Shared, Stored Memories
The bookmarks and history are full of websites and pages that I’ve visited often, or even just once. Foxy seems to know what I’m looking for even when I don’t. I type a word and it autoloads previous pages or searches. So when my memory fails me, Firefox reloads what I need.
FIX: Most browsers offer the import/export option that makes it easy to move the bookmarks. There’s no guarantee that 100% of your tags and info will move easily, but most do.
My Private Parts
I’ve saved passwords and login information to literally hundreds of websites on Foxy. In order to maintain safety, I update and amend the passwords and often save them or click the automatic log in options offered by many of the websites. When I try to move on, I very seldom remember all of the information so I go back to Firefox, sheepishly, pulling up the pages.
FIX: Browsers are building in features that make it easier to reach your info. Chrome’s advanced syncing function allows users to access their personalized settings from any computer or device when logged in. Use the Google dashboard to customize the information that you’re comfortable syncing.
Fox Opens First
If click on a link or tag in a story that I’m reading, Firefox opens first automatically. I don’t recall giving it the key, but somewhere along the way I must have. Once it’s opened, it’s easier just to go back to the old habit.
FIX: Change your default browser. Each browser provides the option to set it as default, meaning that it opens automatically when you click a link. Be sure that you’re choosing the options that works for you.
Before you leave your browser, be sure that you’ve gone on a few dates with the new option. Play with the tabs and test the functionality to confirm that you’ll find all that you need. Once you’re comfortable just move out and move on. Remember, too, that you can still access the former link-opener when need be. Some projects require more than one, or you find that you want to test the look and layout on the different browsers. Don’t worry, you can. And remember that you’re free to choose whichever option you want.
READ: Want to read more on the benefits, pros and cons of each browser? Check out this comparison: The Web Browser Comparison Guide for the basics.