Choosing the right web browser for your Mac
With consumers and professionals doing more of their business online than ever, it’s critical that you choose the right web browser for your needs. Indeed, the average American spends 413 minutes on a browser every day, which is just under seven hours, but with so many competing products, how do you choose the right software?
Naturally, you’ll want to prioritize speed and stability, but a good web browser is so much more than that. As a Mac user, you can naturally turn to Safari, but it’s worth considering the competition and choosing the right platform for your needs. We’ve rounded up a few options to get you started…
First released in 2008, Google Chrome defied the odds to become the world’s dominant browser, overtaking Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Apple’s Safari, and then some. Perhaps one of the reasons why Chrome is so popular is thanks to extensions, which allow users to add features and functionality designed by third-party developers. From AdBlock to limit the number of ads on a page to Grammarly, which corrects spelling and grammar, there are plenty of ways to take Chrome to the next level and add features that make life a little easier. Chrome syncs with Google accounts and you can add different user profiles for shared computers. Another reason why Chrome outperforms many rivals is that it conforms to more web standards than any other browser, which means websites should load quickly and work as they should. Plus, it has a frequent update cycle, which means security issues and other bugs are fixed before they become serious, and updates are rolled out automatically, so you never have to worry about the update.
Yeah, really! Since the launch of the Microsoft Edge browser, the successor to Internet Explorer, the IT giant has introduced new tools to make it an option to consider on Mac. The computer company’s Internet Explorer software had become something of a laughing stock in recent years, despite being included in early versions of Mac OS X and officially dropping the browser in 2022 in favor of Microsoft Edge. Since then, Edge has overtaken Firefox as the second most popular desktop browser in the world, and thanks to a clean user interface and software built on the Chromium platform, it offers many of the features you know and expect from Chrome without some Google bloatware. : with an additional benefit. Edge lets users take advantage of apps and software from the Google Chrome Store, and it offers more options for interacting with text-based media than other browsers. Additionally, the software has its own library of extensions and users can control their privacy with three levels of tracking prevention, but it should be noted that Microsoft will still collect some data.
Firefox has been a mainstay in the world of app development and over the years has been hailed for its open source philosophy. The software can load documents and web pages quickly, and it doesn’t require as much RAM storage as Chrome on macOS devices, which is good news. It’s also possible to organize tabs into collections to clearly define work and personal content, and it automatically blocks ad trackers by default, so you don’t need to rely on third-party software. Where some web browsers have focused on speed and performance, Firefox has made privacy and net neutrality its mainstay, and it works well.
On macOS, it pays to use Safari. Although the software does not include all the features you might know and expect from other browsers, its deep integration into the Apple ecosystem makes it the preferred choice. Start searching on your iPhone and pick up where you left off on your MacBook, and vice versa. It’s built into all Apple devices and iCloud Keychain is a blessing, allowing you to save a passcode on your iPhone and automatically sign in to your accounts on your Mac using Touch ID. Other popular integrations include iMessage sharing and Apple Pay by default – you’ll never have to remember your password again! It’s also worth noting that Apple plans to introduce PassKeys in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, designed to replace passwords and use biometrics on the device. It’s a feature that will undoubtedly revolutionize the way we log into our accounts and is another reason why privacy remains paramount. This is because when you load content on Safari, each page is a separate process, and the company’s Smart Tracking Prevention will help you identify and block trackers. In recent years, Safari has developed a fingerprint defense tool, sharing only basic data with developers and advertisers to ensure you are not profiled. App Tracking Transparency lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity on other websites on iOS and macOS, and the Privacy Report button shows you how your privacy is protected while online. HTTPS certificates for sites on Safari must be renewed annually, another important safeguard. For security, Safari comes out on top.
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