Chances are, you already have your trusted Internet browser that you use every day. Sometimes, it might be good to look and see if there are other options that better suit your needs. Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of the most popular Internet browsers.
Popular on both mobile devices and desktops/laptops, Google Chrome was named the most popular browser overall by ZDNet, with 44.5 percent of all Internet users using Chrome. It’s easy to use, offers a wide variety of extensions, and allows you to keep your bookmarks on any device if you connect your Google account with Chrome. For Android device owners, you can connect your device with the browser to send directions to your phone or write a note.
Chrome is not the most powerful of web browsers, and those who have computers with low RAM or memory space feel that Chrome takes up too much space. Others state that it’s tough to change preferences and options, and also sometimes have issues with flash crashing or needing updates.
This is a new browser that comes standard on most Windows 10 computers. It’s marked as an improvement over Internet Explorer, offering fast load times, integrated Adobe Flash and PDF support, and a reading mode according to PC Magazine. Edge also includes Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant, which allows you to set reminders, find restaurant recommendations, or download an app relevant to the site you’re visiting.
With Edge being a new browser, there are not as many extensions available for it as there are on other browsers. Edge users also cannot search through their browsing history, or view a page in full-screen mode. Despite these drawbacks, Edge users are impressed with the clean layout and design.
This is a go-to browser for those who like to customize their web browser and for those who are concerned about safety and security of their browsing. Firefox also features social integration to help you share articles to your favorite social channels, and is also popular because it’s independent from companies that are involved in data mining. Privacy wise, Firefox contains a separate search box from the address box, and allows you to choose what site you’d like to search from.
Safari comes standard on iOS and Mac devices. It has pop-up blocking as a default feature, and also features an option for you to save tabs. It’s also very easy to use, which makes the browser popular with first-time Mac users.
Safari does not offer the personalization options that Chrome or Firefox offers. Also, Safari is known for being a target of malware, especially on Windows and Linux. If you use either of these two operating systems, it’s recommended that you use another Internet browser.