What browser do you use on your Mac? Safari? Chrome? Firefox? Something else? This week I read an article on how to make Google’s Chrome browser faster and more stable. The tips were good, but pointed out the obvious.
Chrome isn’t the best or fastest browser these days. My browsing habits cause me to use multiple browsers on my Macs where I keep extensions to a minimum but tend to open many browser tabs. I want the browser experience to be fast and stable. Here are a few tips I use and a few I found elsewhere.
These tips apply to Google Chrome because it’s the most used browser on planet earth’s few billion computers, smartphones, and tablets.
- Tabs – reduce tabs or install the OneTab add-on which reduces memory usage.
- Speed – Chrome isn’t the speediest browser anymore, but Google’s Data Saver extension helps. You’d think Google would do things within Chrome to make it better.
- Clear Cache – this never makes a difference for me on any browser, but getting rid of cookies and cache files makes me feel better. Try Cookie for that.
- Add-ons – these are the extensions that take up memory and often slow down a browser. I use Ghosterr, sometimes AdBlock Plus, 1Password, and Instapaper.
- Malware – it happens even on the Mac. Malwarebytes might help but staying away from malware websites and not opening email attachments works as well.
Those are recommendations from Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for Chrome, but what about a better and faster browsing experience on Safari, Firefox, Opera, et al?
Speedy, Meet Secure
Browsers are not created equal. Some are easier to use, a few are faster, not many are all that secure. Here’s what I use.
- Firefox – the latest is absolutely faster at loading webpages than Chrome or Safari. Firefox so fast at grabbing website content that sometimes the CSS file which formats a webpage is slower to load. Try it on a Mac360 page to see.
- Opera – I remain surprised at how many people worldwide use Opera. It’s in the hundreds of millions. Few Mac360 visitors use Opera (Safari first, then Chrome, then Firefox, then Opera) but the latest version is based on Google’s Chromium project so it’s relatively fast and had plenty of add-ons, but the prime attractive is the built-in VPN. It’s free.
- Safari – would you be surprised to learn Safari is the second most popular browser on earth? That’s thanks to Safari on iPhone and iPad which tops Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Firefox in total numbers. Safari is better than ever, quite fast at loading webpages, and has some built-in and automatic security functions, but as with most browsers, it can get wonky with too many extensions; that’s why I spread extensions between browsers.
As of now, not one browser does everything I need on my Mac. But if Safari died and Apple stopped development, I could live with Firefox or Opera as my only browser, but not Chrome. I don’t like it that Google is so proficient at following my every move online.
What’s your favorite browser and why? What do you hate and why?