Why is Opera important when surfing

Comparison between Firefox browser and Opera

The Firefox browser and Opera are two of the earliest browsers on the scene that are still releasing frequent updates. Although Opera has not achieved the same level of user acceptance as Firefox or Google Chrome, it maintains a relatively stable loyal base over a longer period of time. In this review, we compare the Opera browser with our Firefox browser in terms of security and privacy, usefulness and portability to help you choose the browser that best suits you.

Safety and privacy

Opera's privacy policy lacks some precision in explaining what types of information are collected and how. Certain sections say that they collect account holder names, IP addresses, and search terms. What seems confusing and worrying is the section on international data transfers. When, how often and why you need to transfer your data internationally is not explained.

Firefox's privacy policy is very transparent about what personal information we collect. The only end goal is to give you better control over the information you share online.

As for the actual privacy protection in the Opera browser, it offers a robust private mode that allows you to surf the web without the browser tracking your activities. Even in normal surfing mode, you can deactivate some data collection functions by changing the settings to activate the ad blocker and adjust other security functions.

With the latest version of Firefox, the improved tracking protection is enabled by default in normal surfing mode, so you don't have to mess around with the settings just to protect yourself from trackers. With improved tracking protection, Firefox is actively blocking thousands of third-party trackers trying to follow you across the Internet. You will receive a personalized protection report showing the number of times Firefox has blocked third-party cookies, social media trackers, fingerprint tools and crypto miners while surfing the Internet.

We develop Firefox for people like you who care about privacy and security. That is why we collect so little data about users and are transparent about how we use this information. It's hard to say how Opera works from a privacy perspective. While there are robust privacy features out there, it's unclear how they collect and share your data on their own. Firefox does what it promises when it comes to data protection.

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There is no doubt that Opera is a feature-rich browser with a clean user interface and strong customization options. Since Opera is based on Chromium, it can take advantage of most of Google Chrome's extensive extension libraries. Firefox also offers a large library of extensions to browse, but it's not quite as big as Chrome's.

Like Firefox, Opera offers a scrolling tab experience. So if you open more tabs than can fit on the screen, the screen will scroll instead of just continually shrinking them. Also, both Firefox and Opera have a screenshot tool that allows you to take a snapshot of your screen or part of the page. With Opera's tool, however, you cannot capture the entire webpage, only the visible part.

Opera offers many hidden utilities in its simple and customizable interface. For example, there is built-in support for messaging apps like Facebook Messenger. There is also a news reader that summarizes articles from websites and news outlets of your choice. The parallel function in Firefox is called Pocket. Pocket is a free service for Firefox Account users that makes it easy to find and save interesting articles and videos from across the web. In addition, various articles are recommended that will expand your knowledge base and are curated by real, thoughtful people.

When comparing usefulness, Opera and Firefox are close competitors. Opera may have an advantage here as it is compatible with and has access to Chrome's huge extension library. One important factor, however, is the fact that, since Opera is based on Chromium, it is a processor-hungry browser whose RAM usage is comparable to Chrome, which is known for its high CPU usage.

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Both Firefox and Opera are compatible with every platform, including Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Firefox account users can easily synchronize their bookmarks, passwords, open tabs and surf history on all registered devices. The same goes for Opera users with an account. However, many websites, especially old ones that haven't been updated in years, completely block the latest version of Opera. So if visiting places like your ex's old blog is important, be aware that you may not be able to access some of the dustier corners of the internet when using Opera.

In addition to the regular mobile app, Opera has two other mobile versions of its browser: Touch and Mini. Touch offers few functions, but is designed to be used with just one hand on the go. The mini version aims to reduce data usage and increase speed on slow connections by downgrading graphics and removing content. We also offer an additional, albeit experimental, version of our Firefox mobile app, Firefox Preview, which focuses on speed and security.

Most popular browsers today, with the exception of Safari, work seamlessly across platforms and browsers. Opera and Firefox are no exception as both browsers offer great portability on any device.

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Overall rating

Overall, Opera is a solid browser with a clear interface and many useful functions. There are some serious privacy concerns, however, as well as an issue with using a lot of computing power. While Opera has some really great usability features, we still believe Firefox remains a superior browser built on performance and a transparent stance on user privacy and strict data protection regulations.

The comparisons made here were carried out with standard settings and for all versions of the browser version as follows:
Firefox (81) | Opera (67)
This page is updated every six months to reflect the latest versioning and may not always show the latest updates.