This week I read an interesting article on the fastest web browser for Windows 10. Last year it was Google’s Chrome. This year it’s something else. Maybe this is a guy thing but I’ve tried about every browser known to Mac users and for the most part there is little difference in speed between the brand names.
Brand names? Well, sure. You wouldn’t download and use a browser named Russkie, would you? Browser names you can recognize also bring about a level of trust, and Mac or Windows, Android or iPhone, they work much the same way, and though personalities and features vary, they also do much the same thing.
Display website webpages.
Regardless, the aforementioned article ran a series of tests on a Dell XPS 8910 running Windows 10. Tested were the basic browsers for Windows users; Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox, and Opera’s, uh, well, Opera. Plus, Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer and the future browser, Edge.
The result? For Windows users running test equipment and test apps, the winners are Chrome, Edge, or Opera. The losers are Firefox and Internet Explorer. In the end, it’s different strokes for different folks. Chrome has plenty of extensions to improve the browsing experience. Edge and Opera do not. Firefox has even more, but Mozilla’s got focus problems so speeding up the browser experience hasn’t be on the front burner.
Alright, what about Mac users?
Every now and again I dig through my TeraTalks website server logs just to see what’s what. The number one browser used by my readers is Safari. Surprise, right? The number two browser is Google’s Chrome, and a bit farther down the list is Firefox. Opera shows up, but only around 1 to 2-percent. Other browsers visit my site, but in numbers too small to consider. I’ve tried a dozen Mac browsers beyond the big four. Some of them are based on WebKit which is the backend for Safari. Many others are based upon Chrome, so function much like Google’s version.
Truly, we’re living in the Golden Age of Browsers. Mac users have choices and they’re all fast, have different features, and remain mostly secure options for browsing the web. They render webpages quickly, and don’t clutter the screen with too many not-often-used functions.
A fast web browser is not what I want. They’re all fast. Even the slow ones are mostly fast (well, not all– SeaMonkey, I’m looking at you). What I want is a combination of security and privacy. That’s exactly what I don’t get because the major browser makers are in bed with Google’s search engine and Microsoft’s Bing search engine, and they derive revenue from search results which turn into advertising which– full circle time– turns back into money.
I don’t want to be tracked by advertisers. I have a fast browser or two or three already. What I want is security and privacy while I browser the internet. As it is now, websites all over– along with their advertisers– track users from site to site. Last year I dropped advertising trackers from TeraTalks. I dropped Google’s Analytics, too. And, there’s no cookie to track visitors.
Web browsers that render website pages quickly and efficiently are nice, but what matters more is security and privacy. Also, note how fast TeraTalks loads on your browser now that there’s no longer a bunch of tracking scripts and ad trackers.