5 signs it’s time to replace your browser



  • On the desktop, I love both Firefox (or debranded Firefox, i.e. Abrowser/Icecat) and Vivaldi. Firefox, by and large, has been my daily driver for at least a decade. I used it when it was still called Phoenix, and the Mozilla suite/Netscape before it. I also like Vivaldi and use both depending on my mood and which web pages refuse to render in either browser. Both have the features I want on the desktop, and that relates mostly to inbuilt features or extensions that protect my privacy or security.

    Another key feature is that both browsers properly check site HTTPS certificates for revocation. Google Chrome and a lot of other browsers, especially those that are based on it, do not check HTTPS certificates properly, which in the wake of bugs like Heartbleed, is thoroughly irresponsible. If your browser doesn't properly check HTTPS certificates, for the sake of loading a page that split-second quicker than its competitors, then that browser-manufacturer cares more about the a cheap illusion to boost their image, than they do about your safety. If you can't be sure an HTTPS site is genuine, it almost defies the point of using HTTPS in the first place! So well done Mozilla and Vivaldi for being the browser-equivalents of Saab and Volvo, by putting safety first.

    On android, my only option at present is Icecat. I have a custom ROM with nothing Google on it, so can't use the Play store. This is the only acceptable browser as it's available on F-Droid, and it's Firefox-based. The non Firefox-based browsers on Android don't verify HTTPS certificates correctly, and no non-Firefox based browsers on Android support extensions, which I use to block trackers and fingerprinting. I eagerly await a version of Vivaldi for Android that supports extensions.

    Returning to the desktop, I think one of the main things that gives Firefox the edge for me, is that it can be set to do the equivalent of tools --> delete private data automatically upon exit. In fact, it can even be set to live in permanent incognito mode, which essentially does the same thing. But it's a close call. I have two main browsers and I've been very happy with them both since they first came into existence. Each one has its strengths and is usable at different times, and I would never be without both.


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    @jamesbeardmore said in 5 signs it’s time to replace your browser:

    On the desktop, I love both Firefox (or debranded Firefox, i.e. Abrowser/Icecat) and Vivaldi. Firefox, by and large, has been my daily driver for at least a decade. I used it when it was still called Phoenix, and the Mozilla suite/Netscape before it. I also like Vivaldi and use both depending on my mood and which web pages refuse to render in either browser. Both have the features I want on the desktop, and that relates mostly to inbuilt features or extensions that protect my privacy or security.

    Another key feature is that both browsers properly check site HTTPS certificates for revocation. Google Chrome and a lot of other browsers, especially those that are based on it, do not check HTTPS certificates properly, which in the wake of bugs like Heartbleed, is thoroughly irresponsible. If your browser doesn't properly check HTTPS certificates, for the sake of loading a page that split-second quicker than its competitors, then that browser-manufacturer cares more about the a cheap illusion to boost their image, than they do about your safety. If you can't be sure an HTTPS site is genuine, it almost defies the point of using HTTPS in the first place! So well done Mozilla and Vivaldi for being the browser-equivalents of Saab and Volvo, by putting safety first.

    On android, my only option at present is Icecat. I have a custom ROM with nothing Google on it, so can't use the Play store. This is the only acceptable browser as it's available on F-Droid, and it's Firefox-based. The non Firefox-based browsers on Android don't verify HTTPS certificates correctly, and no non-Firefox based browsers on Android support extensions, which I use to block trackers and fingerprinting. I eagerly await a version of Vivaldi for Android that supports extensions.

    Returning to the desktop, I think one of the main things that gives Firefox the edge for me, is that it can be set to do the equivalent of tools --> delete private data automatically upon exit. In fact, it can even be set to live in permanent incognito mode, which essentially does the same thing. But it's a close call. I have two main browsers and I've been very happy with them both since they first came into existence. Each one has its strengths and is usable at different times, and I would never be without both.

    I consider this a good decision if you need, depending on the activity, different engines, such as Blink and Gecko, each with pros and cons. It would be quite useless to use two Chromium browsers, if you want different features.



  • I sure cringed reading all this nonsense.



  • i would not of pointed out the notes in point 2 cause the notes in vivaldi do leave a lot to be desired. on point 3 the built in ad blocker still needs companion apps like adblock plus and ublock origin.


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