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This story appears in the January 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

What's it like to be one of those businesspeople who surfs the web with a browser other than Microsoft's Internet Explorer? It's a very small hassle, a tiny inconvenience-offset by a greater sense of security.

I have my own favorite, but my job dictates that I regularly use Internet Explorer and as many other browsers as practical. The worst thing I've noticed about browsing with Mozilla, Netscape or Opera is that, sometimes, you'll land on a web page whose layout is slightly off because the site was tuned to display in Internet Explorer. Or maybe the page will blank out on some auto-loading multimedia item.

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