Step-by-step, month-by-month I’ve been using Google’s Chrome instead of Safari and Firefox for day-to-day web browsing. Why? The basics are summed up in three words. Stability, speed, security.
7.0 vs. 30.0.1599.101
Don’t get me wrong. I firmly believe we’re living in the golden age of web browsers. Both Safari and Firefox are capable browsers. Even Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is decent these days.
Google’s Chrome is simply better at the basics on Mac or Windows. Those basics are important to me and probably to most Mac and PC users.
Stability – Safari still crashes more frequently than Chrome, but less so than Firefox, with or without the Flash plugin installed (Chrome has a built-in version of Flash, which works better than the Flash plugin for Safari).
Speed – All three browsers are very fast and seem to find new ways to download website pages faster and render them onscreen faster. Chrome seems faster than Safari these days.
Security – All three browsers have a few security options built-in, of course, but only Chrome, in the latest version called Canary (think beta test release; not yet available to the great unwashed masses of browser users) uses Google’s vast web resources to detect malware and block it before it gets downloaded to your Mac.
Chrome simply pops up a warning which says a file is malicious and has been blocked. Only Google has the capability to find and block malicious sites in that way.
Chrome is doing something else that Apple should implement in Safari. Automatic updates. Apple’s Safari just now hit version 7.x with OS X Mavericks’ release, while Chrome is updated far more frequently, now at version 30.0.1599.101 (which may change before you read this). Those automatic and frequent updates ensure you have the latest security features, too.
We’re still in the middle of the great 21st century browser wars, but Google seems to be winning.