Recommended Web Browsers

Created on 25 April 2021

Last updated on 14 December 2021

Here is my list of the best Web Browsers for Linux, Windows and Mac.

Firefox

Pros of Firefox

+ Open Source

++ Highly customizable (about:config, custom userchrome.css, custom user.js, etc.) so you can customize Firefox as much as you want

+ Works very well for me

+ Will support both Manifest V2 and V3, which means privacy addons such as uBlock Origin will not be weakened in Firefox and its forks

+ Different browser engine (Gecko) from Chromium


Cons of Firefox

- Telemetry enabled by default (can be solved by using a custom user.js)

- Ads enabled by default on the new tab page, as well as in the address bar (can be disabled)

- Unnecessary features (e.g, Pocket) enabled by default (can be disabled)

- Parent company of Firefox (Mozilla) doesn't care about privacy, freedom or user choice as much as they claim

- Mozilla wants more censorship on the web - Just kidding, what they really want is more transparency, see The Linux Experiment's video on leaving Firefox for more info


LibreWolf

Pros of LibreWolf

++ Has all the pros of Firefox

+ Private by default (no telemetry or surveillance)

+ Uses a private search engine by default (DuckDuckGo) and has a few private search engines installed by default

+ Installs uBlock Origin by default to block ads and trackers


Cons of LibreWolf

- A bit slow (just like Firefox)


Brave Browser

Pros of Brave Browser

+ Open Source

+ Somewhat customizable (more options than Chrome)

+ Adblocker included

++ Very fast and websites work perfectly


Cons of Brave Browser

- Chromium reskin (more power for Google)

- Brave has many bloated features that are completely irrelevant to web browsing, such as a crypto wallet, new tab widgets for trading crypto and viewing crypto markets, as well as a news feed on the new tab page. These features can be hidden in the new tab page settings, as well as in the browser settings

- Has "privacy-preserving analytics" and usage ping enabled by default (can be disabled in Settings > Privacy and security)

- Brave Shields isn't as powerful as uBlock Origin or uMatrix

- Brave Shields force whitelists some trackers (such as DuckDuckGo's tracking pixels) - can only be mitigated by installing an extra privacy addon

- Brave has had some controversies in the past (such as referral links)

- Brave (and its built in ad blocker, since it's just an extension) will be affected by Manifest V2 deprecation in January 2023


Ungoogled-Chromium

Pros of Ungoogled-Chromium

+ Open Source

+ Removes all Google spyware (Google tracking, google account sync, etc.)

+ Fast web browser without unnecessary features irrelevant to web browsing (it's just a web browser)

+ Mostly up to date


Cons of Ungoogled-Chromium

- No support for Chrome Web Store extensions out of the box (can be easily solved by installing the Chromium Web Store extension)

- Dependent on Google (Chromium-based browser)


Vivaldi Browser

Pros of Vivaldi

++ Highly customizable (themes, menu, etc.) - the most customizable Chromium-based browser

++ Tons of productivity features (tab stacking, keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures, command chains, built-in screenshot tool, etc.)

+ Just like Brave, websites work perfectly

+ Ad blocker included


Cons of Vivaldi

- A slow browser, due to many unnecessary features irrelevant to web browsing such as e-mail client, RSS reader, notes app, calendar. All of which belong outside of the web browser, IMO. Again, I refer to The Linux Experiment's video.

- Skin on top of Chromium (more power for Google)

- Pings Vivaldi.com servers every 24 hours. Can be mitigated by adding 0.0.0.0 update.vivaldi.com in your /etc/hosts file (see Vivaldi's privacy policy for more info)

- Vivaldi's built in Ad blocker isn't as powerful as uBlock Origin or uMatrix

- Will be affected by the deprecation of Manifest V2 in January 2023

- Proprietary GUI - personally, not a con for me but I know that it will make some people turn away from Vivaldi

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