Back in 2008, this didn’t matter a lot. People were straight when the browsers came. And the web browsers didn’t quite mean a big thing or much. Now they are something where people can live without. It can be rephrased as ‘ It’s an integral part of our lives’. There are many things we can compare between chrome and firefox.
Few things you need to know about chrome:
Back in 2008, the google chrome was released and was well known for design, was suitable for every minimalist users out there. And later on, it distinguished itself by leading itself with impressive features like HTML 5 support along with some impressice proprietary tricks. It was fast and reliable. But later on, in summer 2014 with loads of updates when compared to the old chrome and lost its title ‘ The fastest browser’. As time flied, the competition caught up and wonder what? It’s the most downloaded browser in the world with 1 Billion + downloads.
Few things you need to know about firefox:
Talk about coding, you can hear firefox. Talk about hacking, you hear firefox. Talk about security, you hear firefox. Literally talking, firefox is better on paper in various perspectives. But when it comes to the various perspectives considered, chrome wins. But other than that, firefox has its own features that only few will understand.
Firefox is an open source browser whereas chrome isn’t and as flexible as firefox.1.
1.) Platform support
Both the chrome and firefox supports various range of operating systems and platforms and here’s the list supported by chrome and firefox:
- Apple Mac OS X
- Google Android (ARM, x86)
- Microsoft Windows
- Apple Mac OS X
- BSD Unix systems
- Google Android
- Linux-based systems
- Microsoft Windows
On paper, chrome uses more memory than firefox. And firefox relatively starts using as more tabs are opened. And as the firefox uses separate process per tab it’s memory usage increases as more and more tabs are opened which is something you can see in internet explorer kind of stuff which should not be compared here.
4.) Start up
Talking about the start up, chrome claims to have a faster startup time than firefox but literally saying, firefox has faster startup. This is due to the fact that firefox has more built in features than chrome. Chrome and firefox both tend to get slower with more usage and with more extensions installed in it. Which makes the browser slow when more extensions are installed.
When security comes, its firefox definitely without any other words. Because google tracks each and every move. When logged in to your account, no need to say at all. Everything will be tracked unless you turn it off. Even when you turn it off, there will be many things that will be tracked even without your knowledge.
Firefox can emulate the behavior of some of these features including URL presentation to make phishing more obvious and firefox executes plugins such as flash or java in a separate process so a crash will not take down the browser and an exploit has less to work with.
Whereas in chrome, it lacks the ability to encrypt saved passwords with a master password so that they are always stored unencrypted on disks. On linux chrome uses the system password itself to keyring which more safer than any other password encryption. Moreorver, Chrome donot have errors such as dns_probe_finished_no_internet like its counterparts.
This decision depends upon the way you use the browsers. Chrome is more polished , Firefox is more customizable. Google has put a lot of work in to ensure to provide the best possible experience you can find. It has made it look neat and feel more reliable and polished than just an average browser. Due to this, you get a great experience out of the box.
But this doesn’t mean that firefox is bad. If you want the content to be more secured, firefox it is.
This argument can be continued on and on. But on my opinion, Chrome wins.
Muhammad is an expert when it comes to online gadgets. He operates a very informative blog over at gadgetsupersite.com.