Browser comparison. Which one is the best

According to numerous studies, the average modern person spends more than two hours a day on the Internet (the Internet, not the computer). Of course it is important that this pastime was as comfortable as possible. And what does the convenience of surfing the Internet depend on? Of course, on the browser you choose.

This article will compare browsers - Google Chrome, Yandex Browser, Opera and Mozilla Firefox. Each of them will be evaluated according to the most important criteria for users: usability, security, speed, and others.

Despite the fact that Internet Explorer is used by almost 50% of PC owners, it was not included in the list for comparison. First, because of its technological backwardness and an abundance of vulnerabilities that programmers from Microsoft can not eradicate. Second, because of its narrow focus - IE is developed exclusively for Windows, while the browsers, which will be discussed in this article, are universal and also work on Mac and Linux.

Comparison of browsers Google Chrome, Yandex Browser, Opera and Mozilla Firefox

Interface

When you buy a car, the first thing you pay attention not to its inner workings, but to its appearance. With browsers, it's almost the same - a person looks at the interface first, and then proceeds to explore the functionality. To be honest, the differences between all the popular browsers are not particularly significant, because they all came to the same construction of the interface, but still there are.

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- Google Chrome is famous for its "ascetic" design, devoid of buttons that are not necessary for use. If a particularly demanding user wants to use some unpopular feature, he can go to the extensions service and install it.

- Yandex Browser has some similarities with Chrome. It is not difficult to learn and can be used by beginners. The mobile version for Android and iOS gets rid of a lot of extra tabs and doesn't overload the device. And to work in the browser was more convenient, we added gesture control.

- At first glance, the interface of the Opera will not be easy to understand. The user has a lot of panels and buttons, most of which will never be useful to him. We will have to spend an hour to make a suitable for a set of settings by removing the checkboxes from unnecessary items. This will not only simplify the work, but also improve the performance of the browser itself.

- Mozilla Firefox is installed on your computer completely naked and devoid of additional functionality. The exception is the bookmarks panel, which is useful for any user, and the customizable search bar. Several different design themes (skins) are supported, which you can easily change according to your own preferences.

Speed of use

Hardly any user will be delighted with low page loading speeds and slow performance with a large number of open tabs. And they certainly won't approve of browser's aggressive consumption of CPU time and RAM, which inevitably leads to reduced performance of the entire system.

- Google Chrome uses an advanced JavaScript 8 engine to help make sure your pages are optimized for quality. And the proactive reading technology, which the browser is equipped with, allows you to load any page almost instantly. On the other hand, it is worth noting the increased consumption of RAM, which for owners of weak systems is unacceptable. To ensure trouble-free work, it is recommended to install more than 1 gigabyte of RAM.

- Yandex Browser. The developers have chosen the right direction in the development of their project, trying to abandon unnecessary functionality and optimize the engine. Speed of operation, thanks to technology "Turbo", above all praise.

- Opera. This browser also uses the technology "Turbo", but a particular improvement in speed can not achieve. Many users are picky about the low speed of processing scripts, the increased load on the computer's resources when several extensions are installed. Fortunately, almost all of these problems disappear if the program is properly configured and optimized.

- Mozilla Firefox runs on its own Gecko engine with a specially developed markup language called XUL. As a result, interfaces work slowly and overestimates resources of your PC. The first problem can be partially compensated by partial loading pages, and here is the second clearly add to the inconvenience of owners of netbooks and PDAs, which boast a particular capacity can not boast.

Security

A lot of users prioritize this point. After all, if you can put up with an uncomfortable interface and slow speed, you can still put up with the theft of an account on the site or account data in the payment system, no way. The web is full of scammers and scammers who take advantage of vulnerabilities in programs for their illegal activities, so it is very important to choose the right browser.

- Chromium is considered to be the safest browser. It is regularly updated and has a built-in blacklist of malicious resources. If you accidentally or intentionally download an executable (.exe) file, you will get a warning message and you will have to confirm the action. On the other hand, you will not be able to protect yourself from Google, which is very fond of stealthily gathering statistical data from its users.

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- Yandex Browser also does an excellent job of security. The system alerts you to fraudulent, phishing and hacking sites in a timely manner. Any file that a user downloads through the browser is scanned by an anti-virus utility from Kaspersky. Also worth noting is the Safe Browsing technology, which is responsible for the safety of personal information.

- Opera allows you to make detailed security settings. For example, you can hide your user activity, delete your browsing history, cookies and cache. Security flaws and holes are fixed as quickly as possible, and the user community itself helps. If anyone discovers a vulnerability, they can file a user report. For those who want complete anonymity, there is a bundle Opera - Tor.

- Firefox uses the same Safe Browsing technology as Yandex Browser. The security mechanisms are also on the level. But we should not forget about the numerous accusations against the developers of the browser, the reason for which was the policy of imposing services on third-party companies and the collection of information about users without their consent.

Additional functionality

Displaying web pages is not the only function of modern browsers. People use players, built-in translators, rating systems, and other "extras" and prefer to have a browser that supports and delivers these extras at the highest level.

- Google Chrome will excite even the most meticulous users. It's tightly integrated with all Google's services, and allows you to keep your data and settings in the cloud, as well as view files from a wide range of extensions online. The list goes on and on. The standard library has thousands of original and third-party extensions. For example, many will like the Adblock Plus module, which removes annoying banner ads and pop-up messages.

- Yandex Browser seeks to copy successful solutions from Google (which is not bad at all), but also adds its own in abundance. There is a function of automatic translation of pages from foreign languages into Russian, rapid detection and putting in the notebook phone numbers found on the pages. Especially worth highlighting is the integration of the browser with mobile devices - tablets, smartphones and others.

- One of the main innovations in Opera is the so-called express bar, which allows you to quickly navigate to your favorite pages. In other browsers, to implement this feature, you need to install special extensions. For people with low vision and limited motor functions, the developers of Opera introduced a system of voice control.

- Firefox browsers in recent versions are quite flexible projects. They have a built-in mechanism for automatically blocking pop-up ads, support live dictionary search, have a convenient tabbed system. The choice of add-ons and plug-ins is simply huge (much more than what the other 3 browsers in our comparison can offer).

Conclusion

To be honest, even a detailed comparison of browsers, it is extremely difficult to determine the unqualified leader. Each of them is good in its own way. For example, Mozilla is very flexible and has the most extensions. Opera is the most secretive (anonymous) of all browsers. And Google Chrome and Yandex are the most functional and secure. Ultimately, the choice is up to the user.

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My verdict on which browser is safest

So the safest browser is to use all browsers for different purposes!

If you absolutely want to use extensions, "NoScript" and "uBlock Origin" are additionally valuable.

But if you want to have the greatest possible privacy with the smallest possible effort and maximum comfort, you should use LibreWolf or "Ungoogled Chromium". I leave the "Onion Tor Browser" out, because of the lack of comfort. German language packages may have to be installed later in these browsers.

For "Ungoogled Chromium" I still recommend the "chromium-web-store" plugin to be able to install extensions from the Chrome Web Store if needed. After that, browsers like "Brave" or "Vivaldi" are on my list.

09/27/2022

Are Chromium-based browsers good?

So, since Google is known to love collecting data, a Chrome browser is probably a bad choice, right? For Chrome, to this I say, "Exactly!"

With other Chromium-based browsers, I say, "It depends!" As a Chrome alternative, there's the Chromium browser. This is basically Chrome, but as an open source browser and without auto-updaters, audio and video codecs, plug-ins for DRM-protected content and Google logos.

If you want even less "Google" in your browser, you can look at the "Ungoogled Chromium" browser. This is basically Chromium without Google content with a focus on privacy.

The browser also comes without Google Web Store support, so it doesn't allow extensions out of the box. However, you can install the "chromium-web-store" plugin afterwards to enable the extensions again.

09/26/2022

Rating: fixed broadband speeds

The Global Speedtest Index uses data from hundreds of millions of people in more than 190 countries to measure both fixed broadband and mobile connections.

As for the fastest fixed broadband, Singapore ranks first with a download speed of 262.2 Mbps, more than double the global average.

place Country Internet speed (Mbit/s)
1  Singapore 262.2
2  Hong Kong 254.4
3  Monaco 242.9
4  Switzerland 222
5  Thailand 221
6  Romania 217.9
7  South Korea 216.7
8  Denmark 216.13
9  Chile 209.8
10  France 201.6
11  Hungary 201.55
12 USA 199
13 UAE 195.11
14  Liechtenstein 194.77
15  China 193.15
16  Spain 187.36
17  Japan 180.35
18  Canada 176.46
19  Luxembourg 173.16
20 Macao, South Africa 170.84

09/25/2022

Internet addiction...

In China, South Korea and some other countries where the Internet is especially cheap and accessible, there are special clinics for Internet addicts. According to various data, today Internet addiction affects about 6% of Internet users in the age group from 15 to 35, older people are less susceptible to this disorder, whose causes, according to experts, more often become dissatisfaction with life, problems in communication and attention deficit.

09/23/2022