Which Browser is Right for You??

  • GOOGLE CHROME
    According to Browser- Stats, which tracks browser usage worldwide, Chrome is now used on over 50% of computers. And there’s good reason for that. In almost every test for browser speed, Chrome comes out on top. It has the fastest Javascript and HTML5 performance, which are two of the most common web languages. Chrome also has a vast array of extensions available. Plus, Google regularly updates the browser with security patches and new features. On the down side, Chrome hasn’t yet gained the trust of enterprises in India. So you might find that your office’s IT department does not allow you to use it. From a regular user’s perspective, Chrome’s biggest flaw is how resourcehungry it is. The browser hogs processing power and RAM, often slowing the whole system down to a crawl. On laptops, it also guzzles battery faster than other browsers.
    Available for |Windows, Mac, Linux
    Best for | Those who want speed, the convenience that comes from add-ons, and support
  • IE & EDGE
    With the launch of Windows10, Microsoft introduced a new browser called Edge. Microsoft says Internet Explorer (IE) is the legacy browser of the past, while Edge is built for the next 20 years. Several Indian corporate and government web sites support only IE, and it also enjoys the trust of system administrators. However, it has almost no extensions and uses outdated tech like ActiveX which has major vulnerabilities. There is really no reason to use IE now, apart from browsing those exclusive sites. Thankfully, Windows 10 lets you shift to Edge, which is faster at loading JavaScript or HTML5 pages. Unfortunately, Edge also has limited extension support—only about 10 so far. Even then, it is a better browser than IE. Since you don’t have to install either, just let them stay on the Windows system and use them when you need to.
    Available for | Windows
    Best for | Those who don’t want to install anything new and are happy to browse the internet without any frills or fuss.
  • MOZILLA FIREFOX
    Firefox is known for its deep customizability. When coupled with its large extension gallery, you can change every single aspect of the browser. From the look of its address bar to launching sites in a sidebar, it’s your call. A big bonus is that Firefox is the only browser to allow multi-line tabs. No more compressing browser tabs into tiny little icons at the top of the window! Despite all these great features, there is one big security flaw in Firefox. It is the only major modern browser without a sandbox mechanism. Sandboxing isolates the browser from the operating system, thus stopping online malware from reaching your files. It’s an important security measure, and while Firefox has said it’s working on it, it’s not available at the moment. So, unless you know your way around the internet and have the proper security extensions and programs installed, it might be advisable to avoid Firefox till it adopts sandboxing.
    Available for | Windows, Mac, Linux
    Best for | Those who want to tweak their browser to behave exactly the way they want it to.
  • OPERA
    Opera has been around for a long time, but its recent changes and additions are brilliant. It’s the most ready-to-go browser among all, as it comes with several built-in features that are important for the modern Web user. For starters, Opera comes with its own ad-blocking system, so you won’t see annoying ads popping up on pages. There is a neat “popout video player”, which turns any YouTube or other video into a floating tab. Turbo Mode compresses pages and load them faster. Plus, it’s built on Chromium, the same open-source technology as Chrome, so you get similar speed and security. The beta version, a.k.a Opera Developer, has added a free and unlimited virtual private network (VPN) to access regionblocked videos and protect your identity online. A built-in “Power Saver” mode saves battery when you’re unplugged. Opera’s official extension store isn’t as well-populated as Chrome’s or Firefox’s. But don’t worry, you can easily install most Chrome extensions in Opera. So don’t let extensions be the reason for skipping it.
    Available for | Windows, Mac, Linux
    Best for | Those who want important features like ad-blocking and VPNs built into the browser, or are looking for a good Chrome alternative.
  • EPIC BROWSER
    Made in India, Epic’s priority is protecting your privacy and data from internet companies. Epic is vigilant against all the usual methods – cookies, IP address, fingerprinting, etc – that companies use to track you online. For example, did you know Google
    tracks any innocent search and links it to your profile? Epic stops this by routing all search engine traffic through a proxy, so they can’t see your IP address. Similarly, it shows a universally-accepted “Do Not Track” message to websites like Facebook so they don’t try to follow which portals you are visiting. Epic also comes with builtin ad blocking, one-click IP masking, and auto-deletion of your session’s data once you close the browser. The cost of these protections is that Epic can often seem inconvenient. It won’t store your passwords, so you need to enter them each time. It won’t remember your preferences or how you like certain extensions to behave, so you’ll have to set that up every time. There’s no computer-tophone sync for seamless transitions between your browsers. In short, Epic is robust and prepared to protect you. If privacy is important, it’s the best. But you’ll forego ease of use.
    Available for | Windows, Mac
    Best for | Those who want privacy and security to be paramount, and everything else comes second.
  • VIVALDI
    Vivaldi is a new browser that’s aimed squarely at power users who want more than what Chrome or Firefox offer. For example, it employs a left panel of tools, where you can organize and access bookmarks, write quick notes, or check your downloads. The Tab Stacking
    and Tab Tiling features can group similar tabs or compare them in a split view. Keyboard- friendly “Quick Commands” search through open tabs, launch your favourite sites, quickly access cloud files, and more. Much like Opera, Vivaldi is built on Chromium, so you can use Chrome extensions. However, unlike Opera, Vivaldi is also resource hungry and takes up more RAM and CPU power than Chrome. Users who want this power browser need to have a powerful machine as well.
    Available for | Windows, Mac, Linux
    Best for | Those who want a browser that matches their “power user” needs of using keyboard shortcuts, writing notes, managing plenty of open tabs, and more.