Got browsers? Chance are good you have more than one browser on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Safari comes with iOS and macOS and it’s the most used browser on Apple gear. Many of us have used Google Chrome, and perhaps Firefox or another browser. I quit using Chrome last year because Google’s stalking of users is just too much to bear.
What about Safari? Apple continues to improve the world’s second most popular browser with improved privacy and security features.
My new browser is better than Safari. Mozilla’s latest versions of Firefox got me to switch. Permanently. macOS Mojave, yes, and iOS, too.
Mozilla plays a dangerous game. Most of the company’s revenue comes from Google. Users can switch to another search engine, but Google remains something of a monopoly. That dependence has not stopped Mozilla from massive improvements to Firefox.
It’s not just a fast browser. In my tests, Firefox is faster than Safari, far faster than Google Chrome (and other browsers based on the Chromium engine that Google supports). Want private browsing? You got it.
Firefox blocks online trackers while you browse and won’t remember your history after you’re done.
What about all those advertisers who track you from site to site?
Some ads have hidden trackers that follow you online. Rude. We know. That’s why our powerful tool stops them cold.
What happens when your browser doesn’t have to process all that extra baggage?
By blocking some ads and scripts that bog down browsing, pages load up to 44% faster. Now that’s a win-win.
Even better, and it works between Macs, Windows PCs, and iPhone and iPad, Firefox lets you sync all device bookmarks with a single account. Including website login passwords.
Firefox has long been the speed demon and security and privacy king on the Mac, but you get some of that expertise on Firefox for iPhone and iPad (even though all browsers on iOS are based on Safari). The latest version also syncs with your Firefox account, and lets you set up the Private mode as default. Plus, you can change the search engine to something more worthwhile like DuckDuckGo or StartPage.
As with using anything new and different, Firefox will have a bit of a learning curve– not everything you’re used to using is in the same place. But if you value privacy, security, speed, and convenience (sync bookmarks) the Firefox cannot be beat by Chrome or Safari.