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Choosing a Browser – Mozilla Firefox
Alongside Chrome, Firefox is one of the most popular browsers available at the moment.

Its beginnings lie in Netscape Navigator – the original competitor to Internet Explorer, and one of very few options back when the internet was still a new tool in the late 90s.

 

It was the most-used browser for a while, until Microsoft began bundling Internet Explorer with Windows. After a many iterations and inclusion into several software bundles under various names, Netscape’s browser was spun off into a Mozilla project called Firefox – and developed into the browser available today.

 

 

Proprietary Browser Engine

Because of its origins, Firefox still uses its very own browser engine, known as Gecko, instead of using the Chromium engine that many modern browsers use. This means that, should a user experience problems with chromium-based browsers, it may be worth trying Firefox instead as the software underneath it is fundamentally different. Firefox is, like Chromium, open-source software, meaning that anyone can view or use its code, and that it has a large worldwide developer community working on it – it is fast, secure, easy to use and frequently updated.

Like Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers, Firefox also has a large community of developers working to make extensions and addons for it, which can potentially add valuable features for its user base.

Its engine is of a similar speed to Chromium, and performance wise there is very little difference between Firefox and Chrome – in some circumstances Firefox may be a little bit easier on system resources, but not by much.

 

Privacy and Security

Firefox has placed itself at the forefront when it comes to privacy. It has long had options to allow the user to control how much they are tracked by tracking cookies, or to disable them entirely. It has also added anti-fingerprinting technology to actively help people avoid being identified by their type of device and software – something that persists even through private browsing mode or clearing cache and cookies. It blocks requests to companies who are known to participate in fingerprinting.

Like many browsers, Firefox also includes a popup blocker – but like chrome, its default installation does not include an ad blocker, though there are many available as browser extensions. A secure password manager is also included.

Because of the large developer community working to keep it secure and updated, Firefox is one of the safest browsers you can use. It checks lists of websites known to be scam-related to help you keep your information safe – although caution should always be used when browsing online, as no system will be 100% effective.

 

Overall, Firefox is a great option, especially if you are worried about problems with tracking and privacy.

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