Firefox 3 Web Browser
At a Glance
Mozilla Firefox 3
A top-notch Web browser.
The latest version of the popular open-source browser looks much the same as its predecessor. The only visual clues that something's different with version 3.0: The back and forward buttons are now pushed together, and a little star has been added to the the location bar. Click that star, and you'll add the page you're viewing as an unfiled bookmark. Click it again, and you can choose a particular folder, add a description, or select tags--all of which are stored in a new, behind-the-scenes database.
You can search the database, along with all of your browsing history, by simply typing a keyword (instead of a URL) into the location bar. The search checks page titles, tags,
As much as I liked it, the new bookmarks search still has room for improvement. You can't see unfiled bookmarks in the normal bookmarks drop-down list (you have to go to Organize Bookmarks to find them)--a huge detriment if you don't take the time to categorize your bookmark at the time when you create it. And you can add tags to only one bookmark at a time.
Firefox 3's interface has a handful of other, more subtle changes as well. The download manager can now resume halted downloads after you've restarted the browser or your network connection. A nifty zoom menu option lets you resize the entire page or just the text on the page. And a new password saver lets you wait until after you've successfully logged in to decide whether to save your credentials.
On the security front, Firefox 3 will now block sites known to spread malware, based on a Google blacklist, along with blocking phishing sites. It also supports Extended Validation certificates, so if you view a site that uses one to verify the site owner's identity, you'll know it: A large green button with the company's name will appear on the left side of the location bar.
Mozilla says that even with these new features, the new Firefox should use less memory
Those tests didn't include add-ons, but if you use Firefox, you know that the browser's ability to support a multitude of add-ons is what distinguishes
If you already use Firefox, then no doubt about it, you'll want this upgrade. If you've held back so far, I'd give the new browser a try. This version might just