Which Browser Do You Use and Why?

One of the most basic Internet needs is a good browser. While at one time we may have only visited a browser once or twice a day, browsers are now used much more often and have so many more functions other than just “browsing” the Web.

That’s why everyone has their favorite. They’re used differently in so many different situations. Some people have just one. Some people have a handful. We asked our writers, “Which browser do you use and why?”

Corbin uses Safari in MacOS High Sierra, “mainly because it smokes the competition in speed, it features a reading mode that hides other Web UI, and it focuses on text and images.” Additionally, it prevents trackers.

Working on a Linux system, Ada uses Firefox and Chromium as her primary browsers. However, on almost a daily basis, she also uses Opera, Vivaldi, Web, and QupZilla “because some of the tabs for my personal projects are open in them.” She uses so many because she can’t fit everything in just one or two browsers.

Phil uses Firefox and makes use of the sync feature between Windows, Mac, and iOS. Additionally, he uses Pocket to hold the links he needs access to. While he used to use Safari, “there are a few suites it didn’t fully support, and I try to have only one browser.” He feels Chrome “eats resources” in macOS, but he’s not sure if that’s the fault of Chrome.

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Alex uses Vivaldi on Mac and Windows. Being Chromium-based, “it’s fast and reliable, and you can use extensions from the Chrome Store.” It doesn’t play media perfectly on the Mac, but “it’s an excellent alternative to Chrome.” He also enjoys the “Safari-esque reading mode and customizable keyboard shortcuts. He wants to be sure “Google isn’t anonymizing my entire browser history and reporting it to advertisers.”

Fabio uses Chrome as it rarely gives him problems, “and as long as it syncs across all my devices, I’m a happy camper.”

Kenneth uses Chrome because of “its optimized speed, a wide range of extensions, and a myriad of tweaks and settings to suit my every need.” And what he likes even more than that is that it syncs across all his devices. He loves that he can access his bookmarks on his phone, as he couldn’t do that with Mozilla.

Simon is another Chrome fan. “It can be a bit of a memory hog at times, but it’s honestly one of my favorites.” He wonders from time to time if it’s the best one and will then go ahead and try others, but he always comes back to good ole Chrome. It “doesn’t give me trouble, is nice and quick, and has some good addons, too!”

I switch my browsers from time to time, but currently I’m using Opera Coast and Safari. Many times the browser I’m using is predicated by what this site works well on. Not so much viewing the site, but behind the scenes. It works well on Opera which is a browser that is meant for discovering news and other interesting sites. I don’t bother much with that, but it’s my go-to for Googling for info and for MTE. For research when I’m writing I use Safari because I can open and work with multiple tabs easily. And I really, really dislike Chrome.

We know you have an opinion on this as well. Is Chrome your go-to browser like many others? Or are your partial to Firefox, Safari, or another browser? What makes you partial to one over another? Which browser do you use and why? Add your thoughts into our conversation below.

14 comments

  1. Firefox on Windows, mostly Vivaldi on Linux. I’ll occasionally use FF on Linux if there’s a page that Vivaldi doesn’t render properly.

  2. After Opera (the power-user’s browser) went Chrome a long time back, I switched back to Firefox. For the last couple of months I’ve been using Vivaldi. Vivaldi also gave me the opportunity, for the first time, to hit up the Chrome Store. I was able to dupe most of my FF extensions and find a couple of other useful ones. The Chrome store is actually pretty impressive (observation from a very late comer).

    Vivaldi seems to perform better then FF on an aging laptop but chews up RAM now more than ever since I loaded it up with extensions. After a while, it slows down as it dumps RAM to disk – something an equally loaded FF didn’t do (ie, uses less memory). Still… currently enjoying my time with Vivaldi and the extensions.

    Have a bunch of others (Chromium, Dillo, elinks, Slimjet, Links2, Midori, Min, Opera and Palemoon). Really want to give Opera a good go to see if it has reclaimed it’s former glory. In the end, I’ll settle on the the browser that respects my privacy the most and gives me the power (extensions, other) to fend off the abuses we currently face as users from our state-sponsored corporate overlords.

  3. Currently using Opera on Windows 10. It’s everything I used to love about Chrome. Chrome has become too much of a hog. Similar to Chrome I can sign into an Opera profile and get my settings/bookmarks/favorites anywhere. I love the customizable start page with all my regular links in tiles I can arrange to my liking. Bookmarks are nicely arranged. Mostly it’s fast like Chrome used to be. For Mac/iOS, I vascilate between Safari and Chrome. I do still use Chrome, I like being able to sign in and out of my google accounts and I’m a devoted user of google services like gmail, google docs, pictures, maps etc. I might check out Vivaldi. I have to use IE for some things at work, but I use it only as a last resort.

  4. I use Firefox and arrived at that choice, initially, by the process of elimination.

    I certainly do not trust Google to maintain any level of privacy

    Microsoft has a reputation for lousy, resource hungry, frivolous programming and, although it should integrate well with Windows and windows antivirus/spam protection, it did not.

    Thus – Firefox.

    I stay with Firefox for several reasons:
    1. It appears to be sensitive to the vulnerabilities of add-ons such as Adobe and Jave when they are security threats
    2. Updates don’t change my search engines, load worthless programs and cause me to spend time getting my browser back to ‘normal’.
    3. The intent of mozilla seems to be product improvement and not just another step to sell you something
    4. It has been stable, secure and there are a number of effective blockers that make the experience of using Firefox less frustrating that when I used Chrome and IE.

  5. I use g mail and I uninstalled chrome with Revo Uninstaller. Chrome gave me many “pups,” that’s why I uninstalled it. I had to remove them with malwarebytes.

  6. I use mostly Chrome, and unlike the other posters, I have had zero issues with it. I generally have 6 to 8 tabs open all day, and I mean ALL day long. Sometimes I will use Firefox at the same time as Chrome when I want to open certain pages where FF just renders them faster than Chrome for some reason. But, my default browser is and has been for years now Chrome

  7. I use Chrome because I live on my Chromebook 98% of the time. When on one of my macs it’s a toss up between Chrome and Firefox although I also have Opera installed. I never use Safari except to download Chrome on a new machine.

  8. On Linux it would-be be Firefox, Brave and Vivaldi (though the latter seems to be getting slower to start)
    On iOS it’s Safari and Brave

  9. I use both Vivaldi, and Mozola Firefox. The reasons being I’m looking for something that will play nicely without giving out my info to every t-d-h on thew web.

  10. I use SeaMonkey the most often, then FF, then Qupzilla all on linux. In emergencies if one of those doesn’t work on a site for whatever reason (extremely rare), I’ll open said site with Opera Developer.

  11. I use Chrome on Linux. When I use a PC with less than 2 GB or when I must open too many tabs in the browser (e.g. programming documentation) and RAM is not greater than 4 GB, I use SeaMonkey because it consumes much less memory than Chrome and Firefox.

  12. The Edge will kick any of their butts on Windows 10 , I have been ridding her since she was code name Spartan. Back then all I heard was how much faster the GC was then The Edge, I kept saying she is a Beta. I hare been a Insider on Windows 10 going on 3 years now set on the fast ring, so I have to test her on every build.
    The reason she is so much faster on 10 is I have never seen anything load so fast. I was always was into Firefox, but they will set there and load for a couple of minutes, while The Edge will load and be off in 15 seconds. Really every one seems to want the fastest browser that what ever magazine says it is. It depends a whole lot on how they are testing them. Even then they doing it as if all things in life were equal and it isn’t. You might have the so called fasted browser out, but what if the guy next to you has twice the band with a i9 intel and 64 GB of RAM, who’s browser then is the fastest. I do like The Edge the best, but I also like Opera’s too, but they do have Cortana on board.

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