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Choosing a Browser

Choosing a Browser

A blog by Pamela Yates

With Chrome turning 10 this month, it seems like a good time to look at why Chrome is so popular and what other browsers are on the market to choose from. While choosing an operating system often locks you into the environment, you may be switching between browsers and not really see much difference. But are you using the best browser for your needs?

There are a range of browser reviews most of which put Mozilla Firefox and Chrome at the top of their list, but it seems that it depends on what you require, what operating system and which device you generally use. The right web browser can make a huge difference to your everyday browsing – whether your priority is faster performance, better security or more flexibility through downloadable extensions.

Mark Coppock at Digital Trends has done some research since the arrival of the latest version of Chrome. His blog has not only identified the top browsers and where their strengths and weaknesses lie, but also outlines the latest features in release Chrome 69, developed to celebrate their 10th birthday.

His advice is “You can read all the stats, benchmarks, and speed tests, but the right browser for you is the one that feels right.”

But if you are wondering whether your browser is right for you, here are some key pros and cons of the most popular browsers from Tech Radar, which may help you decide whether you are using the right one.

Chrome

* Fast performance

* Infinitely expandable

* Best mobile integration

* Resource-hungry

Mozilla Firefox

* Very fast

* Light on system resources

* Works well with older applications

* Strong privacy tools

Opera

* Excellent Turbo mode

* Integrated ad-blocker

* Features a built-in “Stash” for saving pages to read later.

* Fewer plugins than rivals

Microsoft Edge

* Very fast

* Built-in reading mode

* Not backwards compatible

Vivaldi

* Incredibly customisable

* Creative interface features

* Not the fastest

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Picking a web browser isn’t like picking your operating system or smartphone. Switching between browsers is comparatively easy — in fact, by the time you finish reading this, you could download each major browser, and have a play to decide on which is best for you.

Posted on: September 25, 2018
A blog by Pamela Yates