Internet Explorer has ceased to be the most used browser in the world for many years, and many more since it stopped being the best, perhaps never was it if we asked some. Chrome has been the most used browser in the world for a few years , but it has also been around for a few years with the same problems and without much excitement with great innovations.
Bored does not mean bad, and Chrome does not live an era of abandonment either. At Google they are still working on it and we have seen some interesting and grateful things.
It will soon stop playing sound automatically , warn of man in the middle attacks , and increase its security advisories, but mostly we read about its promises without complying with consuming less memory and saving battery .
It could give the impression that Chrome is almost perfect so Google is only dedicated to tune here and there, silently improving the details, because what to fix something if it is not broken. But if Chrome is broken in several aspects, that consumption of resources is one of them. It is a browser practically impossible to use in a computer with less than 4 GB of RAM.
The security problems are not strange, their vulnerabilities are sometimes ignored and the Chrome Web Store in which users place their trust, suffers a large percentage of malicious extensions.
Life beyond Chrome
Meanwhile, on the other side of the wall there are many things to see. Firefox got good, with Quantum we are facing one of the best Firefox in history. Testing the latest development version of the browser is like riding a rocket , fast and exciting.
It took forever for Firefox to become multiprocess, but it has done it finally and it has done well. Unlike Chrome, Firefox does not create a process by tab, but creates four processes that are reused as we open tabs. This helps control memory consumption and maintains a fast browser.
Faster than Chrome and consuming fewer resources . Where do I sign?.
Opera, perhaps the best option to move from Chrome
Opera is another browser that lives a second air. Personally I’ve been experimenting with him for a few months, and he was the only one able to free me from my dependence on Chrome.
The browser is full of unique features. They have their own built-in VPN, ad blocker, battery saving mode, a side dock to directly access your favorite instant messaging apps, they have instant page loading in Windows , you can take screenshots and a lot of other things for them. that in Chrome you would need to install a handful of extensions that eat more and more RAM.
Vivaldi, the one of the power users
Another interesting browser is Vivaldi, if Opera has unique functions that save you installing a lot of add-ons, in Vivaldi they have 10 times more. With each version they offer new options that may not be essential for most users, but for the most demanding, they are a pleasure.
Personalization is also one of the strongest points of Vivaldi, few browsers let you change so many things to your liking. In addition, the pace at which Vivaldi innovates is quite fast.
In just a couple of years they have added advanced image properties, download management, GIF playback control, extension organizer, synchronization functions, statistics of your browsing history, editing screenshots, editable keyboard shortcuts , edition of tab names, reading mode, and more and more and more.
If you keep using Chrome it’s not due to lack of options
Even the new Microsoft browser for Windows 10 is a good alternative for some users. Except for the sad lack of many extensions, we have found that Edge is a much more mature browser than we thought and a good option for the most basic things.
It does not consume too many resources, it is fast and has many productivity functions. With the next update of Windows 10 you will receive more news, many on the side of security and performance, such as virtualization.
Until Safari is doing interesting things like blocking cookies , the Mac’s exclusive browser is preferred by many users over Chrome for its superior performance in macOS.
There are dozens of alternative and experimental navigators, which you may not use as your main one, but which are still more interesting and which tell us about possibilities that have not yet been played.
We have talked about Addap, one that organizes the tabs in “environments”. There is Colibri , one who gets rid of the lashes completely. Brave, the one that focuses on security with Tor and tries to create an alternative business model to advertising on websites. Cliqz, the one that integrates tools for privacy and antirastreo.
There are other quite complete browsers like Yandex or Maxthon. Some faster and lighter, some more on the side of privacy. The number of possibilities is huge today. Maybe not all are real alternatives to be your only browser, but there are several that are, and that are not collecting absolutely all your data as does the Google browser .