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)

- Not as customizable as Vivaldi or Firefox-based web browsers

- 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) will be affected by Manifest V2 deprecation in January 2023


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

- Slightly slower than Brave Browser for me (but faster than Firefox and its forks)

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

- Pings Vivaldi.com servers every 24 hours, so the developers can count Vivaldi users (can be mitigated by adding 0.0.0.0 update.vivaldi.com in your /etc/hosts file, if you want to)

- 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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