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I'm shopping for a new browser. Here are the big three and my feelings on them.

1. Firefox. This is an old favorite because of its variety of add-ons and dedication to privacy, but it's slower than death and has a huge memory leak.
2. Chrome. Lightning fast, but eats up all the RAM and battery power if I dare to have more than three tabs open. Right now I have 14 tabs open and it's using 3.25G of memory.
3. Safari. This has always been my unsecure browser when one of my add-ons breaks a site and I just need it to work. The primary reason it's not my go-to browser is because of its atrociously low selection of add-ons. Completely mainstream addons like htts everywhere? Not to be found on Safari.

Thoughts?
 

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I was told that Chrome was the best to avoid viruses, and I haven't had one since I switched over to it maybe 5 years ago.
 

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I'm shopping for a new browser. Here are the big three and my feelings on them.

1. Firefox. This is an old favorite because of its variety of add-ons and dedication to privacy, but it's slower than death and has a huge memory leak.
2. Chrome. Lightning fast, but eats up all the RAM and battery power if I dare to have more than three tabs open. Right now I have 14 tabs open and it's using 3.25G of memory.
3. Safari. This has always been my unsecure browser when one of my add-ons breaks a site and I just need it to work. The primary reason it's not my go-to browser is because of its atrociously low selection of add-ons. Completely mainstream addons like htts everywhere? Not to be found on Safari.

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I use Chrome simply because I have been using it for years now and everything integrates nicely with my Android phone. The add ons are up to par with Firefox at this point I believe. It has become a huge resource hog though, like the older IE browsers. I have heard good things about the recent IE browsers, but have not switched mainly for what I stated in the first sentence. I even use Chrome on my Mac. I don't like Safari that much.
 

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One thing I'm experimenting with right now is Brave, which comes with https everywhere, adblock plus and anti-tracking pre-installed. Page loading time is about the same as chrome so far.
 

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One thing I'm experimenting with right now is Brave, which comes with https everywhere, adblock plus and anti-tracking pre-installed. Page loading time is about the same as chrome so far.

Don't use Adblock Plus they are sellouts, you want Adblock Origin.
 

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I personally use Chrome and have had no performance issues and I can use all my favourite extensions. It is also especially useful if you have an android phone or use Chrome across multiple computers.
 

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Don't use Adblock Plus they are sellouts, you want Adblock Origin.

Thanks, I'll check it out.

I personally use Chrome and have had no performance issues and I can use all my favourite extensions. It is also especially useful if you have an android phone or use Chrome across multiple computers.

I have to edit large images in Photoshop, so having my browser hog over 3G of ram will definitely make an impact on my computer's performance.
 

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Thanks, I'll check it out.



I have to edit large images in Photoshop, so having my browser hog over 3G of ram will definitely make an impact on my computer's performance.

May I suggest more RAM?
 

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To me, all browsers have their good and bad points. It really just comes down to preference and what you feel more comfortable with. I use Opera, Firefox, Chrome and, once in a blue moon, Edge. The reason I don't use edge more is because it doesn't have much support for extensions. That's suppose to change, so we'll see how it goes later on.

Opera is my "go-to" browser. I especially like the speed dial and I like the way it handles bookmarks. There are a slew of extensions...I use 2 different adblocking extensions, Ghostery, among others and Opera has it's own adblocker feature baked in. They are also working on including their own VPN soon. Opera is based on Chrome, but it doesn't have all that Google **** cluttering things up.

Oh...I should add that I'm using Opera right now...4 tabs open...using 421 MB ram. (I have 16 GB available)
 

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To me, all browsers have their good and bad points. It really just comes down to preference and what you feel more comfortable with. I use Opera, Firefox, Chrome and, once in a blue moon, Edge. The reason I don't use edge more is because it doesn't have much support for extensions. That's suppose to change, so we'll see how it goes later on.

Opera is my "go-to" browser. I especially like the speed dial and I like the way it handles bookmarks. There are a slew of extensions...I use 2 different adblocking extensions, Ghostery, among others and Opera has it's own adblocker feature baked in. They are also working on including their own VPN soon. Opera is based on Chrome, but it doesn't have all that Google **** cluttering things up.

Oh...I should add that I'm using Opera right now...4 tabs open...using 421 MB ram. (I have 16 GB available)

You're right. So far it seems to be a very smooth operation.

No add-on for fingerprint defense. Booooo. Well I suppose I'm always going to gain and lose something....
 
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I'm shopping for a new browser. Here are the big three and my feelings on them.

1. Firefox. This is an old favorite because of its variety of add-ons and dedication to privacy, but it's slower than death and has a huge memory leak.
2. Chrome. Lightning fast, but eats up all the RAM and battery power if I dare to have more than three tabs open. Right now I have 14 tabs open and it's using 3.25G of memory.
3. Safari. This has always been my unsecure browser when one of my add-ons breaks a site and I just need it to work. The primary reason it's not my go-to browser is because of its atrociously low selection of add-ons. Completely mainstream addons like htts everywhere? Not to be found on Safari.

Thoughts?

Honestly I still use Chrome but that's because I've got all my addons there and I'm used to it. Really, it's now slow as hell, firefox have really upped their game in terms of speed and memory issues and if I were choosing from scratch I'd go with firefox.

If privacy is important to you, Opera comes with a built in proxy now!

There's also a new kid in town called Vivaldi, that's from Opera's ex-CEO. it's aimed at power users, if you consider yourself one of them:

A Screenshot Tour of Vivaldi, the New Power-User Web Browser
https://vivaldi.com/?lang=en_US
 

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Honestly I still use Chrome but that's because I've got all my addons there and I'm used to it. Really, it's now slow as hell, firefox have really upped their game in terms of speed and memory issues and if I were choosing from scratch I'd go with firefox.

If privacy is important to you, Opera comes with a built in proxy now!

There's also a new kid in town called Vivaldi, that's from Opera's ex-CEO. it's aimed at power users, if you consider yourself one of them:

A Screenshot Tour of Vivaldi, the New Power-User Web Browser
https://vivaldi.com/?lang=en_US

My (very limited) understanding of networking protocol is that compared to a good quality vpn, a proxy is really second class. If you have a good understanding of one versus the other I'd like to hear it. As it stands, opera seems to be good on all fronts (having multiple tracking-blocking addons available, as well as adblock plus (no origin available) and https everywhere) but versus Chrome it's still lacking a canvas blocking add-on. Once something like that is available they should be good on all privacy fronts.

Once it has that I'll switch over in totum to Opera since it seems to be put together much more neatly than everything else I've used. Aside from a few extensions I'd like which are missing, it handles seamlessly.
 

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i use Safari for the most part. it's decent. i also like Chrome. work makes me use IE, and i can't put an ad blocker on it. that is a real eye opener. ads now are really annoying, and i didn't know, since i've been using ad blockers for years.
 

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i use Safari for the most part. it's decent. i also like Chrome. work makes me use IE, and i can't put an ad blocker on it. that is a real eye opener. ads now are really annoying, and i didn't know, since i've been using ad blockers for years.

Chrome is great but it's a resource hog, which is an issue if you're using something else which is a resource hog, such as intensive video or image editing software.
 

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Really, it's now slow as hell, firefox have really upped their game in terms of speed and memory issues and if I were choosing from scratch I'd go with firefox.

On this point, I don't know why you and I are having such different experiences, but I'm using the latest version of Firefox and compared to Chrome and Opera it is just about the slowest thing I've ever used. The hard drive wheel spins when I load it and loading pages takes massively longer.
 

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Chrome is great but it's a resource hog, which is an issue if you're using something else which is a resource hog, such as intensive video or image editing software.

Chrome is my favorite for Windows, but once i got the Mac, i figured i'd try the browser that comes with it. Chrome works well with it, too; probably better than it does in Windows. the SSD solves all kinds of problems.
 

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My (very limited) understanding of networking protocol is that compared to a good quality vpn, a proxy is really second class. If you have a good understanding of one versus the other I'd like to hear it. As it stands, opera seems to be good on all fronts (having multiple tracking-blocking addons available, as well as adblock plus (no origin available) and https everywhere) but versus Chrome it's still lacking a canvas blocking add-on. Once something like that is available they should be good on all privacy fronts.

Once it has that I'll switch over in totum to Opera since it seems to be put together much more neatly than everything else I've used. Aside from a few extensions I'd like which are missing, it handles seamlessly.

That was a slip on my part, I meant VPN, not proxy :doh

Agree with you on the privacy front, it's why I haven't yet switched from chrome. Can't leave my https everywhere/disconnect/lastpass setup..
 

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That was a slip on my part, I meant VPN, not proxy :doh

Agree with you on the privacy front, it's why I haven't yet switched from chrome. Can't leave my https everywhere/disconnect/lastpass setup..

Opera has https everywhere, disconnect and lastpass, but no extension yet for fingerprint protection, which surprises me because it's a significant oversight when the issue has so significantly been brought to light.

In any case, while Chrome is just a little bit buggy compared to opera, I was able to bring its resource hoggishness down by switching from ghostery to disconnect and adblock to ublock origin. Those appear to be less resource demanding.
 

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I'm shopping for a new browser. Here are the big three and my feelings on them.

1. Firefox. This is an old favorite because of its variety of add-ons and dedication to privacy, but it's slower than death and has a huge memory leak.
2. Chrome. Lightning fast, but eats up all the RAM and battery power if I dare to have more than three tabs open. Right now I have 14 tabs open and it's using 3.25G of memory.
3. Safari. This has always been my unsecure browser when one of my add-ons breaks a site and I just need it to work. The primary reason it's not my go-to browser is because of its atrociously low selection of add-ons. Completely mainstream addons like htts everywhere? Not to be found on Safari.

Thoughts?

Opera used to be my favorite, I still use it, but all versions after 12 have bee google chrome reskins. Prior to 12 opera was the fastest and most stable, problem is opera 12 and prior does not support new flash or even html5, meaning most the interwebs is off the table, I really wished they would have stayed with an independant web browser instead of what they went to.
 

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I was told that Chrome was the best to avoid viruses, and I haven't had one since I switched over to it maybe 5 years ago.

Probably 5 years ago chrome came in handy, I got hit with the windows 7 antivirus virus, which disabled all my web browsers to keep me from downloading antivirus software, except chrome, the virus had no idea how to shut it down. So I used chrome to download malware bytes, which then was immune to the virus shutdown of antivirus, and eliminated it.
 

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I'm shopping for a new browser. Here are the big three and my feelings on them.

1. Firefox. This is an old favorite because of its variety of add-ons and dedication to privacy, but it's slower than death and has a huge memory leak.
2. Chrome. Lightning fast, but eats up all the RAM and battery power if I dare to have more than three tabs open. Right now I have 14 tabs open and it's using 3.25G of memory.
3. Safari. This has always been my unsecure browser when one of my add-ons breaks a site and I just need it to work. The primary reason it's not my go-to browser is because of its atrociously low selection of add-ons. Completely mainstream addons like htts everywhere? Not to be found on Safari.

Thoughts?

At this time I have to use two browsers: Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Chrome doesn't let the user use Java or Microsoft Silverlight. I need those two programs to use features in my Scottrade financial accounts and looking up housing map information in appraisal sites (which use MS Silverlight and/or Java). So Chrome isn't a full service browser.

MS Edge won't allow Java, either, I think. So that's why I use IE on my Windows 10 laptop for some of my regular activities, and I use both Chrome and IE for appraisal site research, and just Chrome for day to day use (it's faster than IE).

I know people who are happy with Firefox, but I haven't had a chance to give that a try.
 
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