What browser do you use and why?

over 5 years ago from , Cat Trainer

What is most important to you for your browser? Security, features, privacy, plugins, speed?


  • Tropical Hooch, over 5 years ago

    I'll go first. I've been using Chrome for like 7 years now. The speed, plugin library, and dev tools seal the deal for me.

    However, I just tried out the Firefox Quantum browser and it is definitely fast. I appreciate how much [more] Mozilla appears to care about privacy than google.

    14 points
    • Edgard KozlowskiEdgard Kozlowski, over 5 years ago

      Me too =)

      0 points
    • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, over 5 years ago

      Ditto - Chrome, but will switch back to FF soon.

      Used to be FF back before it became slow about 4 years ago?

      I always want the fastest out of all non-IE browsers.

      I consume a lot of video content and stilted performance is a dealbreaker to the point that it makes me wanna chuck my screen out the window.

      (I'm on Windows btw. Safari coulda been an option if I were on Mac.)

      1 point
  • Ktrn DsrsKtrn Dsrs, over 5 years ago

    At home, I use Safari because it is :

    • Battery/Memory/CPU wise
    • Light

    At work, I use Chrome because :

    • It's devtools are the best for my needs
    6 points
  • James LaneJames Lane, over 5 years ago

    Personally, I'm a huge fan of

    Internet Explorer/Edge.

    They seem to be well ahead of their competition and are constantly improving their product!

    Fucking Internet Explorer - The Shittest Browser In The World

    4 points
  • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, over 5 years ago

    Firefox. I'm using it because of the add-ons. Some don't have alternatives. But Mozilla made sure to kill most of them in v57, so I'll be switching to Vivaldi over the weekend.

    4 points
  • Patrick WestwoodPatrick Westwood, over 5 years ago

    Chrome, because Chrome Inspector Tools

    3 points
    • Tropical Hooch, over 5 years ago

      That's what I felt for the longest time. I just checked out the dev tools in the new FF and they seem pretty much the same level now.

      0 points
  • Oykun YilmazOykun Yilmaz, over 5 years ago

    Safari, because I like it

    3 points
  • David ThornDavid Thorn, over 5 years ago

    Been using Opera since before they were a Chrome clone. Generally better performance, with a lot of smart plugins baked into the browser rather than the Firefox bloatware problem. Chrome used to be lightweight and no frills but is now just another browser.

    3 points
  • Marek LMarek L, over 5 years ago

    Well this post sounds a lot like Firefox promo.

    2 points
  • Patryk BartosikPatryk Bartosik, over 5 years ago

    Firefox. For better working dev tools than chrome ones. And for speed. And maybe because i just do not like google products.

    2 points
  • Renee PRenee P, over 5 years ago

    Opera. Nice interface, lightweight, handy features like news and built-in VPN and ad blocking. Can use Chrome extensions without the bloat Chrome or being tracked inside the Google ecosystem.

    2 points
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 5 years ago

    On the mac, Safari, because it connects to iCloud and syncs up all my passwords and history, which I can then use on my iPhone (I know Chrome does that too but I'd have to switch to Chrome on all my devices to benefit), and because it has the superior interface > the top bar takes less space, the layouts are better structured. It also comes with a lot of features years ahead of Chrome, like reader mode, autoplay video blocking). In all other departs, I have found Chrome to be equal, which makes Safari just a little better in my opinion.

    2 points
  • Ted McDonald, over 5 years ago

    Chrome. I would use Safari if they added an option for favicons, and included a real duplicate tab option.

    1 point
  • Craig Garner, over 5 years ago

    I've just moved from Chrome to Safari. I find Safari much faster, and the dev tools are similar enough for my purposes.

    1 point
  • Matt WillettMatt Willett, over 5 years ago

    Mostly Chrome, but with the recent release of the new Firefox I'm ping-ponging between the two pretty frequently in the past week. I think Mozilla finally convinced me.

    1 point
  • Kevin YunKevin Yun, over 5 years ago

    Chrome: Extensions universe, mobile syncing, speed, dev console, best browser navigation UX (default tab behaviors, etc)

    1 point
    • Tropical Hooch, over 5 years ago

      The extensions and dev tools were definitely why I stayed with chrome for so long. Both of those seem to be on par with chrome for what my uses are.

      0 points
  • Youri RoggevenYouri Roggeven, over 5 years ago

    Safari for day to day browsing, because it's integration with the rest of my devices and services (like icloud password, bookmark and open tab sync). And i use Chrome for development, because it has more plugins and the devtools are much better than those of safari

    0 points
  • Steve Randy, over 5 years ago


    0 points
  • Dapo OlaopaDapo Olaopa, over 5 years ago

    Firefox for privacy reasons and because of my bookmarks and plug-ins . (The new "Quantum" version is much faster that it's been for the past couple of years) Opera because of its Turbo feature, P-in-P video, VPN, and I can use some Chrome extensions in it.

    0 points
  • Myriam C.Myriam C., over 5 years ago

    I'm using Chrome singe ages now. It was like 10 years ago and back then FF was very slow. Later I loved how everything works in a Google environnement, from the desktop to the phone, with a tablet, etc, with one user.

    Maybe I'll change because FF Quantum seems a lot faster and more secure about privacy. Not that Google has not a lot of informations about me now but it's ethical. It has more meaning to me to support FF that Google. I'll just wait for more tools and plugins before changing browser. :)

    0 points
  • Mikus RiekstinsMikus Riekstins, over 5 years ago

    Used to use Chrome for devtools, and Safari at home for its speed and light weight on battery.

    Recently switched to Firefox, as the new release seems to have best of both and is not made by Google.

    0 points
  • Henrik Pettersson, over 5 years ago

    I’ve been using Chrome for front-end development and casual browsing for the past couple of years but now I’m trying out Firefox Quantum because of the hype but also because of privacy reasons.

    0 points
  • Xavier BertelsXavier Bertels, over 5 years ago

    Safari, because this about sums it up:


    0 points
  • Aaron Wears Many HatsAaron Wears Many Hats, over 5 years ago

    As others have said, Chrome for it's Dev Tools. I usually have Safari open at the same time for testing, because a lot of our clients use it. I also generally have one or two windows VM's running with different versions of IE.

    I've been playing with FireFox Quantum a bit lately, and it's great. The only thing stopping me from a full migration is the task of migrating plugins, stored passwords and such, and all my bookmarks etc. Seems trivial when I write it out like that, but with my workload during the day I just honestly can't be bothered.

    0 points
  • Jesse HeadJesse Head, over 5 years ago

    Used chrome for years, but have recently shifted to Safari everywhere. Couldn't be happier

    0 points
  • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, over 5 years ago

    Safari, used the original beta and has been my default since. It’s come a long way and has had some great features added over the years.

    0 points
  • Brandon ZellBrandon Zell, over 5 years ago


    I'm interested in trying the new Firefox, but I don't think I'll be able to find a replacement for each of the extensions I use in Chrome.

    0 points
  • Aurooba Ahmed, over 5 years ago

    My primary browser is Chrome, however, I regularly use safari (especially if Chrome is being an extra memory hog than usual), and I always have Firefox dev edition open when I'm developing or if I need to take a clean screenshot of a web page. I tried Quantum the other day but it felt curiously slow – I need to give it another go, because I really enjoyed the update UI wise.

    I use a LOT of extensions (Buffer, AdBlock Plus, Disconnect, OneTab - so so so handy, LastPass, BuiltWith, Wikiwand) so that's really important to me.

    0 points
  • Ivan MirIvan Mir, over 5 years ago

    Moved from Chrome to Safari a year ago because I got tired of Google's UX and product design approaches. They are constantly moving fast and breaking things. In case of Chrome, I've got enough UI changes, hanging tabs, and crashes without being able to recover opened sites.

    Safari feels snappier, its tabs collapsing is better, and pinned tabs across all windows are just great.

    0 points