Some of our customers have been asking why we emulate no other browser but Google Chrome. Most of them are confused we chose Google’s brainchild over, say, Mozilla Firefox, which seems to be way more secure and reliable. In this article, we are going to quickly dissect the main advantages of the most renowned web browsers for PC, what they are not really good at, and explain our pick.
Market Share Worldwide: 2.31%
Advantages: variegated functionality, built-in ad blocker and VPN, relatively fast when the Internet is slow.
Disadvantages: low market share, user-friendliness, stability, high system requirements, security.
The first thing to take into account is Opera’s market share. You might be surprised, but the current percentage looks by far more inspiring than it was approximately a year ago when Opera was on the decline, struggling to jump over the threshold of 2%. Such a low market share makes one stand out from the crowd, which is certainly not what you’re looking for if you’re trying to cover up your digital identity.
Another problem coming from this disadvantage is developers not giving it too much credit. Opera isn’t a priority for the majority of IT companies, meaning that some websites may work inconsistently when opened in Opera. This makes the browser quite unstable and even less secure, as it often fails to detect potentially dangerous websites.
Although a built-in ad blocker and VPN are sure a one-up, both can easily be replaced with third-party tools. Another major plus – versatile functionality – often becomes a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it gives the user a free hand in how they can browse the Internet. Yet, on the other hand, not everyone turning on a PC today is a tech geek – too many choices scare common folks away to something simpler and user-friendlier.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Turbo Mode Opera offers to its users is a good feature in case you care about your traffic consumption. The mode diminishes page load time and data usage by compressing files being loaded. However, the browser itself has a rough time working on older computers that do not have much RAM. Overall, Opera is a pretty good browser if you’re a geek that loves tinkering around and needs software giving them many choices.
Market Share Worldwide: 3.36%
Advantages: privacy, security, system requirements, stability.
Disadvantages: low market share, speed.
Mozilla Firefox is well-known for its high level of security and privacy. Granted, nobody can tell for certain if Mozilla Foundation misuses its users’ confidential data or not; but given that the browser is developed by a non-profit company, the chances it does are much lower compared to its contestants. Not to mention, Firefox is an open-source browser – that is to say, you yourself may check if it has any inbuilt malicious programs.
Like Opera, Firefox doesn’t have a huge market share, which makes it more unique and thus easier for websites to detect. But unlike Opera (which struggles to figure if a website is dangerous), in the case of Firefox, it also can be regarded as an advantage on its own. Since there are not so many users deciding on Firefox, malware producers aren’t genuinely interested in wasting their time on creating viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, and all that jazz for just a bunch of people. This is the reason many Linux lovers stick to Firefox.
The browser also doesn’t lag too often and doesn’t demand too many resources, especially when there are too many open tabs, which makes it a very convenient tool in case you work with tons of websites at the same time. Yet, it still does give way in terms of speed to Chrome, Safari, or even Edge if you need just a few tabs. All in all, Mozilla Firefox is an indeed reliable and convenient browser that has just a couple of minor cons. No wonder some of our customers are baffled at us giving no option to use it over Chrome. No worries, we’ll explain that later.
Market Share Worldwide: 3.37%
Disadvantages: low market share, high system requirements, privacy, security.
Arguably one of the best browsers for Windows, as it was designed by Microsoft. In many cases, Edge reminds of Chrome, with the former not gobbling up as much RAM and CPU. However, the consumption of resources is still quite significant and certainly surpasses that of Opera or Firefox.
The major disadvantage is again its unpopularity. Just about one person out of 30 exploits Edge. Although the browser’s community is growing and it can use all Chrome’s extensions, Edge still can unwillingly highlight you among other users, let alone talks on privacy and security issues Microsoft has always had despite Edge’s policy looking transparent. If Microsoft dramatically improves Edge’s library of extensions and its security, the browser may become an arch-enemy of Chrome. But as of now, it’s just another yet good browser, which is probably mainly popular among Windows fans.
Market Share Worldwide: 18.43%
Advantages: decent market share, low system requirements, speed, usability, security.
Disadvantages: compatible with macOS and iOS only, poor functionality and customization.
Now finally we’re getting big. Safari’s market share is impressive and sure is something one is bound to reckon with. Chrome aside, Apple’s tool has more users than all other web browsers put together, which makes it easier for one to blend into the crowd and avoid unwanted attention. Its performance is also relatively fast and doesn’t require that many resources. Apple is famous for its products’ simplicity and security, and Safari is no exception – the browser is safe and very simple to use.
The major problem Safari has is that it’s compatible with macOS and iOS only. Back in the day, one could also run it on Windows, but it’s barely ever seen any success – Safari often lagged and even crashed on Windows. For better or worse, not everyone can afford Apple’s products, especially if they are flagship. What’s more, not everybody likes macOS. Despite its flawless stability and user-friendliness, in general, Apple doesn’t give much room for customization and often provides one with convenient but poor functionality. And so is Safari, which is certainly a great pick, but only if you are an Apple fan who doesn’t need anything other than a search engine when using a web browser.
Market Share Worldwide: 64.73%
Advantages: tremendous market share, speed, usability, rich functionality and customization,
Disadvantages: high system requirements, privacy, security.
Now all critique of Chrome being greedy for memory regardless, Google’s creation has so far been an unbeatable beast. “Haters gonna hate”, but the figures speak for themselves. Almost 2 people out of 3 prefer Chrome over any other browser the world over. Chrome’s popularity contributes to its constantly growing community and developers being interested in bettering the browser and producing a wide range of plugins and extensions.
Those two factors very likely have made Chrome the most universal browser. It’s user-friendly, very simple to use, has a huge library of extensions, and provides enough room for customization. With its almost uncontested speed (only Edge stands a chance), Google Chrome may be very easily considered the best web browser for Windows, macOS, and even Linux, if you are a regular user that prioritizes convenience and simplicity.
It is true that the enormous consumption of resources might be a real problem if you’re working with many websites simultaneously. It even sometimes drains your PC’s battery to death in about a year or two. Yet, people rarely open too many tabs, so that it’s not that big of a deal for the regular user. What is a real concern though, is the amount of data Google collects about Chrome’s users and malware created for the browser on the Internet that makes it unreliable in terms of privacy and vulnerable to malicious programs. Such drawbacks are a real alert to those who care about their privacy. Other than that, Chrome dominates the industry.
So, why did we choose Chrome over Mozilla Firefox and other browsers? You’ve probably noticed already that we drew a lot of attention throughout the entire article to how many people are using one browser or another. It’s important for the following reasons:
We are not going to deny that Firefox is a very secure browser that doesn’t violate your privacy. But the thing many people are missing when trying GoLogin is that Orbita is already secure enough. In this case, emulating Firefox doesn’t do anything but increases the chances you will be detected while running your multiple accounts. Orbita is a Chromium-based browser – we do emulate Chrome, but we aren’t Chrome itself. We got rid of everything interfering with your privacy and security, leaving the core functionality and all the advantages of Google’s browser. To put it short, Orbita is Google Chrome without its major handicaps – our browser is more secure and doesn’t violate your privacy. The only drawback it has is high system requirements inherited by Google’s brainchild. Yet, even they are slightly lower.
P.S. We might’ve considered emulating Safari as well since its market share is also quite decent. However, Safari is used only by macOS users, and it’s not as fast and sophisticated as Chrome. Opera is too unstable and complex for the regular user, and Edge doesn’t differ too much from its main rival. However, it certainly does lose a considerable part of the market, which we cannot ignore.
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