The world’s most used web browser is Google’s Chrome which also makes up Microsoft’s new Edge browser. Most of the world’s browsing is done on a Google product. Apple’s Safari has 1.5-billion devices to run on so it is popular enough to survive and prosper. But what about the best browser?
Privacy. Security. Speed.
Those of us who care about such things as privacy and security dig a bit deeper into the origins and methods of the tools we use. That’s why you won’t find Chome on any device anywhere on the Mincey Plantation.
Why not? No true privacy. That means less security. And, of course, the Chrome behemoth is the slowest of the major browsers and the biggest battery hog.
Other than, “all of them?” Let’s go with the true blue underdog; a once highly popular alternative to Microsoft’s aged and crippled Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox threads the line between staying in business and continually improving itself to become the best browser.
Privacy. Security. Speed. Power.
Wait. Does that mean there is something new?
Firefox has built-in privacy which goes beyond Chrome, Chrome look-a-likes, Safari, and others. Firefox has more security. Privacy and security go hand in hand, you know. And, yes, Firefox wins most of the speed tests as the fastest browser at delivering web pages to your screen (anything that blocks all those ads, ad trackers, cookies, and analytics trackers can be fast).
So, Mozilla has a few new tools up Firefox’s digital sleeve.
No tracker cookies.
Second, browsers tend to be battery hogs because most of us open up a dozen or so browser tab windows and when you add up all those graphics, and advertisements, and trackers by the dozen, and videos and other digital cruft, well, the battery can take a hit.
An upcoming update– Firefox Quantum, version 70, for the Mac will reduce power usage by three times. Take that Google Chrome hogs.
How does Mozilla do it? Actually, they got help from Apple. Both iOS and macOS have a technology baked into the operating system that helps take away some of the page rendering operations. It’s called Core Animation. It belongs to Apple, of course, but app developers can use it and Mozilla’s engineers figured out a way to offload some power hogging resources to Core Animation. The result was substantially less power usage on Mac notebooks.
That, too, is yet another reason to go for the underdog; Brady has enough Super Bowl wins; the Yankees have enough pennants and World Series wins.
David rocked Goliath. Literally. That’s why we love underdogs. Sometimes they win. For now, the best browser is not the one in first or second place.