Editors' Choice

What’s The Best Web Browser For You?

Steve Porter / September 29, 2016

If you use the Internet, you’ll need a web browser. The problem is, which one is the best for you? The answer also depends on which operating system you are using. For example, Apple users may already be used to the pre-loaded Safari browser which is available on all Apple products. Those using Windows may be accustomed to Internet Explorer or Edge because they’re available right off the bat. For more advanced users, Google Chrome or Firefox might be the answer. In any case, there’s no right answer, and the choice pretty much boils down to personal preference.

 

Safari

 

safari

 

This browser is readily available on Apple products like their iPads, iPhones, and Macbooks. This is great for Apple users because of the integrated experience with Apple software, however it may not gel well with Microsoft products. That means that no matter what Apple device you use, the browsing experience will be shared thanks to iCloud. Apple claims that the best browser for your Mac is the one that comes with it – Safari. As it was designed specifically for Mac, Apple claims that it offers +2 hours of more browsing when compared to Chrome and Firefox and +4 hours more of Netflix time when compared to Chrome and Firefox. It offers security features like third-party cookie blocking, private browsing, sandboxing, and protection from harmful sites. With the introduction of Apple Pay, you can trust that by using Safari, you’re information will remain secure. Additional features even include pinned sites, stream video from sites to your TV with Apple TV and AirPlay, the ability to mute a tab, and more. For more info visit apple.

 

GOOGLE CHROME

 

chrome

Source: google

 

Chrome became a popular browser because it was built to be fast. It started up quickly and would load webpages faster than other at the time. Of course, as a Google product, search is fast. They call the address bar the omnibox because as you type, you get recent search queries as well as suggestions to get to where you want faster. Autofill lets you complete forms in an instant with a simple click. When on multiple devices, Chrome can sync your recent web searches, bookmarks and even open tabs. Customization is also possible with apps and extensions. If you want to visit pages in different languages, Chrome offers you the ability to translate the page using Google Translate. It may not be perfect, but it will give you a good sense of the content on the site. Find out more information about Chrome here.

 

FIREFOX

 

firefox

 

One of Firefox’s best features is its ability to be customized the way you like it. With an enormous library of add-ons available, you can basically create the best browser you can. Also, you can add themes to personalize the browser just for you. Don’t add too much though, the weight of too many plug-ins could slow down the performance of the browser dramatically. In terms of your privacy, Firefox offers features to keep your information safe. There’s private browsing, a forget button, and automatic security updates, just to name a few. Chrome was known for its fast loading times, but Firefox has taken the claim of “speed king” from tom’s Hardware most recent benchmark test. For more info on Firefox visit mozilla.

 

INTERNET EXPLORER/EDGE

 

edge

 

Some may feel that “IE” performs on the slower end of the spectrum, for many users, it’s a matter of availability. Whenever you get a Windows PC or laptop, Internet Explorer is the default web browser and once you’ve set up your Internet connection, you’re just one away from surfing the web. For many users, the convenience factor is enough to stop them from trying other web browsers. However, as of January 12, 2016, support for versions older than IE11 will be discontinued.

 

For Windows 10, Microsoft launched their new Edge browser, and found better performance (53% better to be exact) http://www.itpro.co.uk/web-browsers/24796/which-is-the-best-browser-chrome-vs-firefox-vs-internet-explorer-4 on Windows 10 when compared to Chrome or Firefox. Not surprising if Apple did it with Safari, Microsoft should experience the same benefits after designing the product from the ground up. Edge offers some neat features like the ability to make notes, write, and highlight on webpages directly. You can create a reading list of articles on the web for later viewing, and there are extensions available to help you do even more. For more info visit Microsoft.

 

OPERA

 

opera

 

Not as well known as the above, but it’s still worth a look if you don’t like the other options. Opera comes with a built in ad blocker, something you need as an add-on or extension in other browsers. As such, they’ve seen webpages load up to 90% faster than the competition. They offer visual bookmarks, a feature which lets you preview the site which you’ve bookmarked, in case you forgot what it was. Similar features include customizations and sync, but for those on laptops, their battery saver feature might be intriguing. Compared to Chrome, Opera with battery saver could let you browse up to 50% longer. If you want to learn more about Opera, click here.