What browser do you use on the Mac? About 70-percent of all Villagers readers use Apple’s Safari. The next largest chunk is Google’s Chrome– despite constant warnings about Google privacy abuse and Chrome’s notorious battery hogging– then Mozilla’s Firefox.
Which browser is the best? That may depend upon what criteria you use to choose, but all of today’s major and minor browser players are good. One is just better than another, and by a growing margin.
Let’s measure the basic criteria requirements first. Speed, features, privacy, security, sync, power usage.
To be fair, and I use all major browsers from time to time, Firefox is the best. It is faster than Chrome or Safari, offers as many features as Chrome (thanks to a long history of extensions. Privacy is built-in which means it blocks advertising, blocks trackers, and even blocks social media cookies. Bookmarks can be synchronized between Firefox on different devices; even macOS to iOS.
Finally, there is the new Firefox plus– reduced power usage on the Mac. This is a big deal for Mac users. More than 80-percent of all Macs sold are Mac notebooks, and browsers are notorious battery hogs.
No more. Check out the difference in power consumption from Firefox 69 to 70, the latest.
Even better is the new tracker report and built-in blockers. Websites tend to track visitors across many different websites and this is particularly true with social media– Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, et al. Firefox has Privacy Protections which show you everything the browser blocks in the background.
It works similar to the Ghostery tracker blocker I’ve used for a few years. Here are the blocked stats for iMore.com. Look at all the trackers. Is it a wonder that adblockers and tracker blockers are all the rage these days?
Firefox has similar statistics and displays them as a total for the week. Also built-in to Firefox 70.x is the new Lockwise feature.
Now, when you create an account you’ll be auto-prompted to let Lockwise generate a safe password, which you can save directly in the Firefox browser. For current accounts, you can right click in the password field to access securely generated passwords through the fill option. All securely generated passwords are auto-saved to your Firefox Lockwise account.
If you’ve only used Safari or Chrome, Firefox has a slightly different feel to it, but you’ll adapt quickly enough. In return, you get a blazing fast browser that doubles down on tracker blockers and cookies, and saves battery life on more recent Mac notebooks.