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.



    1. Your browser uses more RAM than "The Witcher 3". Yeah, Chrome, I mean you.


    1. don't think so
    2. does not do this
    3. ads cannot know me
    4. I love the cy behind my browser,
    5. normally I use the alpha-version of my browser
      the only new thing I see is the option to show two sites together, but no doubt my browser will include that, and in the meantime there is an easy way-around-this.
      Like to stick with my browser, thought I have to admit that once in a while I do use Vivaldi, just out of curiosity =:)


  • I ditched firefox soon as I realized I could not revert the "enlarge awesomebar on focus" thing, not even through config. Vivaldi uses chromium, but at least I have choices.



  • it’s time to replace your browser

    The browser you’re currently using might not be the best one for you

    Oh no! This is pretty bad news for me. Now i feel sad indeed. In my naivety i had been thinking i was actually content with my current browser, only to now cruelly discover i've been living in a fool's paradise. 😭

    Ah well. I suppose i need to begin the search tomorrow* for something half-decent to replace this lousy rotten sadness-making Vivaldi. If only i'd realised years ago how miserable it was secretly making me. 🤷♀

    🤪



    *No need to wait -- i found my thrill, on blueberry hill new happy home already. I reckon finally i'll be in bliss.... but sure as hell i ain't gonna read their forum lest they also give me my marching orders.

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    @guigirl , Netsurf also had a lot of extras and themes 😱



  • Is this our first repost, or does this happen regularly?



  • @luetage: probably regular repost since this is staff blog



  • @Catweazle without DNS API to make uBO fully functional we're reliant on blocklists that may be outdated or simply incomplete, that's not the way to go



  • Funny, you should post this just now as I've been getting increasingly frustrated by Vivaldi's not functioning properly (e.g. pages not rendering, videos not playing) in the past few months to the point of considering switching to a different browser. And this despite Vivaldi having been my default browser since the first stable version was released.



  • @szabbi Funny you say “just now,” when it’s been 15 months.



  • @luetage well... screenshot-vivaldi.com-2021.01.05-17_43_02.png image url)



  • @szabbi It’s a repost, look at the age of the first comments.



  • @luetage ok, so it's a repost, so what? you mean, if I come here and read a post that's dated 28 Dec 2020 I'm supposed to check the answers to make sure it's not a one-year-old repost, otherwise my comment is irrelevant?



  • @szabbi Your comment isn’t relevant either way I’m afraid. So you got issues with Vivaldi. Look for your issues on the forum and if you can’t find relevant topics, post about your issue with a detailed way how to reproduce it. In case it’s a real bug you will end up sending a report for it, at which point some dev will have a chance to fix it. Right now you’re only stating your dissatisfaction in the comment section of a blog post. Nobody can help you and nothing will change. It’s irrelevant.





  • I have used dozens of browsers in the past and just recently left Brave browser. Vivaldi is superior to all browsers in so many ways. I can safely say that Vivaldi is my browser of choice and of my business.


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