Why do people prefer Opera over Chrome

Why it's time to switch from Chrome to Firefox

The numbers speak for themselves: around two thirds of all Internet users worldwide now use Chrome as their browser. Numbers that may vary regionally and depending on the website, but it is clear that Google software has long taken a dominant position on the web. At the same time, Mozilla's Firefox has continuously lost market share over the past few years. And yet there are good reasons to go the other way and switch from Chrome back to Firefox.

privacy

It is Chrome's Achilles heel: Behind the browser is Google, one of the largest data collectors in the world. And even if the Chrome developers like to emphasize that this has no influence on the development, it is obvious that most other browsers are now much more aggressive when it comes to protecting privacy. Firefox already blocks many of the trackers that follow the behavior of website users across the Internet. This is in stark contrast to the Google browser, where the entire surfing behavior is quickly evaluated for advertising purposes if you too carelessly agree to the proposed options.

Of course, there are also various measures with Chrome - such as not using a Google account and using external extensions for tracker blocking - to limit the data collections. But it makes a difference if something like this is already done naturally. And it can be assumed that Mozilla will make further tightening here. After all, it has been recognized that in this area you have the main advantage over Chrome.

Business model

And that brings us to the second point: the business model. Mozilla also finances itself indirectly through Google's advertising money - but only indirectly. The main source of income are search engine deals, so in this case the default setting of - in most countries - Google as the default search in the browser. Of course, complete financial independence would be preferable, but the company can still operate largely unaffected by the interests of the partner. In this dynamic, the only important thing for Mozilla is that you have as many users as possible.

This is in stark contrast to Google itself: As much as they like to emphasize how important the privacy of their own users is, the steps in this direction are comparatively modest. If Chrome were to start blocking trackers as comprehensively as Firefox did, that would directly damage Google's core business. Accordingly, it is not surprising that the concepts proposed so far by Google against the current excesses of user tracking are as complicated as they are far from a real implementation. On the other hand, Mozilla is a non-profit organization that promotes an open web beyond the browser.

monopoly

It was already mentioned in the introduction: Chrome dominates the web, both on the desktop and on the smartphone. The times of great growth for Google software seem to be slowly over, but this dominance is showing increasing negative effects: It is more and more common that web developers only create their pages for Chrome - or, more precisely, for its Open- Source-based Chromium and the Blink rendering engine it contains - optimize. For many, this brings back unpleasant memories of the days of Internet Explorer 6, when website developers often cared little about alternative browsers and gave their users all sorts of problems.

However, the IE6 comparison is not entirely fair, after all, the basis of Chrome is open source and can therefore be used by others for their own browsers - which many do, from Microsoft with the new Edge to Opera to Brave. Nevertheless, a company like Google has a power over the further development of the web that should not be underestimated. As a browser with its own rendering engine, only Firefox is currently left, where Gecko continues to be insisted on. Safari also uses a different base with Webkit, but it has a common history with Blink, so it has many similarities.

Features

In addition to all of these basic considerations, there is another factor: Firefox has simply (again) become a significantly better browser in the past few years. As part of the Quantum project, the consumption of resources was significantly reduced, so it is much faster and otherwise more economical. And the further development is progressing rapidly, every few weeks there is a new version of the software. The latest release is taking action against annoying notification pop-ups - something that Google will not follow until later. (red, 13.1.2020)