No matter what you do, whether it be heavy gaming or basic document work, a web browser is one of the most important applications installed on your Mac. You use browsers to play flash games, watch videos, read articles, browse forums, download software, use online banking and a plethora of other tasks.
This is why being able to do them as safely, efficiently and privately as possible is paramount. Luckily, Apple has made it easy for developers to make their browsers compatible with OSX, resulting in a variety of options for you to choose from. Be sure to check out lureofmac.com for more information on how Apple designs their products.
This is Apple’s own default browser that comes preinstalled on every Mac. Unlike Microsoft’s Internet Explorer/Edge, most people actually enjoy using Safari and don’t go through the effort of replacing it. It makes sense, Safari is a great browser and handles most tasks relatively well.
It’s iCloud integration means it’ll automatically sync your browsing data, history and passwords across all of your devices. Apple’s web browser features support for a variety of extensions and the newest version has some great built-in tools such as blocking auto-playing videos, automatic reader mode and content blocker customization.
Mozilla’s Firefox Quantum browser is twice as fast as it was six months ago and looks great. Once you get a Mozilla account up and running you can sync your data the same way you would with Safari, allowing you to continue browsing in the same place on another device.
Overall the UI is very clean and consistent. Firefox is still loved by many for being open source, providing an unrivalled level of assurance that your browser isn’t selling your personal data and while it may not be as frugal as Safari, its relatively light on power usage.
Around 70% of internet users rely on Google’s famous browser every day. This makes sense as it’s one of the most versatile, customizable and compatible browsers available. Google’s app integration means you can use services such as Docs, Drive, Sheets and Calendar more efficiently without the need for additional software.
There are endless extensions and games available on the Chrome Web Store and Google makes it easy to integrate and sync your data across your devices.
While recent controversy about Opera being bought out by the Chinese government has left some skeptical, Opera was quick to assure their users that privacy is highly valued. This feature-packed browser offers a similar list of services as those found above, but takes it a step further by having some great built-in tools.
This includes a VPN that allows you to change your location, a built-in content blocker and a data saver mode.
This lesser-known browser was created by an ex-employee of Opera and brings a lot of interesting features to the table, especially for power users. Their unique tab system allows you to stack numerous tabs into one and simply hover over them to preview what they contain.
You can also create notes for each site that will show up when you visit those sites. The sidebar can show any website along with your bookmarks and it features the same rendering engine as Chrome.
There are many different browsers to choose from, but determining which is best suited to your needs is key to a comfortable surfing experience.