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If you haven't tried Firefox, what are you waiting for? The latest version, Firefox 3, will soon be out, and the release candidates are stable enough these days for daily use. (Currently, RC2 is the latest build.)
What's good about Firefox 3 is that it's light on resources (even if you have 15 tabs open) and very fast--an improvement over Firefox 2 by far. What's even better are all the built-in security features.
CNET's Robert Vamosi spoke this week with Jonathan Nightingale. He is Mozilla's "Human Shield," aka its security user interface designer. Nightingale, along with Window Snyder and others on the security team at Mozilla, developed some of the cool new security features baked into Firefox 3.