Desktop browser choice is pretty much a user-defining thing. The average user just uses whatever browser came pre-installed. However, power users pick their browser, and install it, if it’s not the default. Most pick Google Chrome, others Firefox, yet others Opera. Those paranoid about privacy, choose the Tor browser (based on Firefox).
The Opera browser was purchased a while ago by a Chinese marketing company, so I can’t help but think they have an interest in collecting as much user behavior as possible. Chrome is made by Google, an American marketing company – same thing. Chrome suffers from the security vulnerability in that they refuse to verify if SSL certificates are revoked. Firefox has other weaknesses, but far fewer.
I left off Safari and Internet Explorer, because they are not cross platform browsers, and they are usually not worth considering, except to download a better browser. I’ve only heard about Microsoft’s newest browser, Edge, which I think is specific to Windows 10. It may be the fastest browser on that platform, it is the only browser they are going to allow on the Windows 10S low-end tablets and systems. Microsoft has itself turned into a huge information mining operation, they only need market and sell that anonymized data for untold profit.
Well, right now, on my Mac, I’m using Google Chrome to watch video streams on my second screen, because it works well, and Firefox doesn’t. There was something chipmonkey about the audio under Firefox. But I am using Firefox to browse, because it’s not created by a marketing company, and Firefox with Privacy Badger is a pretty safe browsing environment.
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