A lot of us can be a little nervous about trying out new things, especially when it comes to technology. I mean, you just get a handle on something and suddenly they’re changing everything again. It’s a little nerve wracking.

But I’ve got fairly painless suggestion for getting out there and exploring a bit: Try a new browser. A browser is a program you use to access the Internet. Internet Explorer is the most popular browser among PC users.  If you click the little blue E with the circle around it to get to the Internet, you’re using Internet Explorer.

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True, you may have been using Internet Explorer or AOL since the dawn of time, but I think it’s best to always have more than one browser available. It used to be that there were a lot of security issues with Internet Explorer, but since the end of Windows XP and IE 8, Internet Explorer can pretty much stand toe-to-toe on security with the other big browsers out there.

Or maybe you’re totally dedicated to Chrome or Firefox – I still say, “try another browser.”

Here’s why:  All browsers have issues. With any browser, you’re going to come across some sites that just don’t work right. Sometimes switching to another browser can take care of that problem instantly without the bother of troubleshooting what’s behind it right at the moment.

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I always keep Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox installed on any computer I’m using. It’s a necessity for my work life, almost everything I do is Internet-based and if something I need to access is having issues with the browser, I want to be able check ASAP if the problem is with the site or the browser.

All three browsers are free and can be easily downloaded.

Download Internet Explorer

Download Google Chrome

Download Firefox

Here’s a shot of my taskbar. As you can see, I’ve got all three browsers there, ready to open with a click. Don’t worry, they won’t interfere with each other in any way. You can select the browser you like best to be the default browser for opening things and open the other browsers as needed.

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If you have multiple e-mail addresses to check in with, one trick is to exclusively use one browser for one account and another browser for the other. That way you can remain logged in and even stay logged into both of them at the the same time, even if they’re on the same e-mail service.

And yes, you can access your AOL e-mail from any browser. The same holds true for your MSN e-mail.

Here’s the AOL mail inbox in Internet Explorer

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And in Firefox.

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Step out of your comfort zone and give another browser a try. There’s a new browser headed your way soon as well. Microsoft’s Edge browser will be available in Windows 10 when it launches on July 29.

~ Cynthia