How do I choose the best browser for me?

25.10.2022

Which web browser you choose to use can significantly affect your experience on the internet. However, with so much choice, choosing the right option requires some thought. With ChromeSafariFirefox and Opera all out there, it might seem difficult to make the right decision.

Weighing up the correct browser for you is a process of examining which factors about your internet experience are important to you, and which you want to priorities. Fortunately, we’re on hand to give you the criteria you should use to decide – and answer any questions you may have ( just leave a comment in the box below).

Your device

Are you using a PC or laptop, or a phone? Browsers like Google Chrome are great for PCs and laptops; free to download, fast and secure. However, Safari might be a better choice for a smartphone – and is automatically installed on Mac computers and iPhones. It allows you to read webpages in a format which works well on a mobile screen. When choosing a browser, you should bear in mind what’s best for the device you’re using.

Custom features

A lot of browsers include features that you can alter to create a truly personalized browsing experience. For example, Microsoft Edge enables you to make notes on a webpage while you’re reading and you can reformat pages if you’re finding them tough to read. Firefox, meanwhile, allows you to save content from particular pages and read it later on another device. Many browsers, such as Chrome also allow you to use extension to further personalise your experience.

Speed

All browsers are pretty quick, but if speed is really important to you, then you’ll probably need to do a bit of research. You could read browser reviews and comparison features on the Internet, but perhaps the best way is to download a few browsers and compare them. Decide for yourself which offers the most seamless experience. However beware – browser speed can sometimes come at the expense of processing power, so if you are frequently multi tasking, or have limited competing power, maybe think about how you browser will affect the rest of your workflow.

Privacy

Each browser has a different approach to privacy, tracking and data collection, so it’s important that you understand how each works. Read up on different browsers approach to third party cookies, data collection, and search history. For real privacy conscious users some browsers such as Firefox and Opera operate built in adblocking and VPN (virtual private network) services, (Opera as standard, Firefox for an extra fee), that help protect your data even from your ISP providers, and can even stop people tracking your activity based on your hardware and software set up.

So… how do you actually download a browser? It’s really easy. Just visit the relevant website and click ‘download’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

Any questions? Let us know in the comments below.

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