by Stephen Johnson
After more than a decade since launching its first Firefox browser,
Mozilla has been steadily earning web browser converts with its
The revamped Firefox is faster, sleeker, and safer, with more native
privacy tools, than past iterations of the browser. That's
But the question is
whether Firefox the non-profit browser can compete with
Google Chrome, the
world's leading browser with 67 percent of the market compared to
Firefox's 12 percent.
The Firefox team says yes, especially in a time of increasingly
creepy personalized ads and global
"If they don't trust
the web, they won't use the web," Mark Mayo, Mozilla's chief
product officer, told The New York Times.
"That just felt to us
like that actually might be the direction we're going. And so we
started to think about tools and architectures and different
So, how does Firefox
differ from Chrome?
In many ways, the two browsers come with similar features and
Firefox users can
also download an extension called 'Facebook
Container' that prevents the social media platform from
following you around the web and tracking your data so it can target
you with ads.
seem to have positioned itself as the privacy-friendly browser,
and they have been doing a fantastic job improving security as
well," Cooper Quintin, a security researcher for the Electronic
told The New York Times.
"On the other
hand, Google is fundamentally an advertising company, so it's
unlikely that they will ever have a business interest in making
Chrome more privacy friendly."
that Firefox has been a browser that's committed to the idea of open
source software since it first launched in 2002.
That means anyone can look at the browser's code to see how it works
and what it's up to, unlike Chrome...
Firefox also offers many options for customization.
To be sure, Chrome
does have certain advantages over Firefox:
...to name several.
But for those who
consider privacy and trustworthiness paramount in a web browser,
Firefox does seem to be the best long-term choice.
The reason is
Firefox isn't the browser making money off of tracking user data