For example, a month ago I pointed out that Firefox Is Faster Than Safari. Apple claims that Safari for macOS High Sierra will be the fastest Mac browser, but I’ve tested the Preview and compared it to the latest Firefox from Mozilla, and, sorry, Apple. Firefox feels faster. Visibly faster.
But it’s Firefox and the interface is clumsy at best, which inhibits usability. Still, Firefox has speed and many of the same extensions I use on Safari are available on Firefox’s latest version, so I’m good with both. Firefox does have a very cool and free file sharing system which is free and highly secure. Upload a file in Firefox (up to 1GB), get a link, send the link to someone, and they can download the file and decrypt it on the fly. With Firefox, of course.
See? Firefox has speed and some features not easily available in Safari.
What about Opera?
These days, Opera, the little browser that could, but somehow doesn’t get much respect, is based upon Chromium, which forms the basis for Google’s Chrome browser which I loathe. Yes, it’s the most popular browser on planet earth, PC or mobile, but Google is tracking machine and any way I can slow down the culling of humanity’s personal information makes me happy.
If Opera is based upon Chromium (the interface smacks of Chrome) then what’s the big advantage? Opera features a built-in VPN; a virtual private network, which means you can browse in a private mode you won’t get in Chrome. Oh, did I mention the VPN is free in Opera?
As with Firefox and Safari, Opera comes with a degree of fraud and malware detection, and there is a built-in ad blocker. Use it and you’ll see website pages load almost as fast as on Safari’s macOS High Sierra Preview version, and nearly as fast as the latest Firefox. There’s even a built-in battery saver (Chrome is a battery hog, and Opera is based upon Chromium). Opera has plenty of useful features, too, including bookmark sync, a news feed, and a gazillion extensions to customize the experience.
That means there are three Mac browsers which I prefer to use on my Mac and not one of them is named Chrome.