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Discussion What Web Browser Do You Use and Why?

Firefox because I like foxes.
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Imma kick this topic out of the graveyard and to the top, because I actually want to ask Fami for tips and advice on browsers. Currently, I use Vivaldi on both my desktop and mobile (synced). However, I came across a special gamer-version of Opera which sounds pretty interesting concerning the features to tweak netwrk, CPU and GPU performance. Oh, and the Save My Soul-option to conserve browsing privacy is cool too!

So, my question is:
  • What browser are you currently using and why?
  • You use it synced between desktop and mobile?
  • What are the pros and cons of your choice of browser?

Also, I'm very interested in using and testing exotic browsers with special purposes and features. So if anybody has any suggestions I'd love to hear them!
 
Links or bust.

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Currently using Firefox on both Android and Windows, but looking to change that given Mozilla seems too intent on enshittifying Firefox over time.

Also, always consult the Duck when searching.
 
I’ve been using Brave for a year or two, it’s pretty good. I’ve amassed about $10 in Brave Rewards lol
 
Okay, just tried the Windows Duck Duck Go browser and it hides the comment section on Youtube videos by default.

This is my new browser now.
 
So, my question is:
  • What browser are you currently using and why?
  • You use it synced between desktop and mobile?
  • What are the pros and cons of your choice of browser?
  1. iPhone: 80% Safari, 20% Chrome; Mac: 99% Chrome; 1% Safari (mostly to see whether a website or Chrome is acting up); iPad: 95% Firefox, 3% Chrome, 2% Safari
  2. Not synched. None of my browsing is important or interesting enough to do that.
  3. Not sure how helpful my pros/cons would be. I use certain browsers based mostly on familiarity. On desktop, Chrome has such a wide range of extensions. I read it uses a lot of system resources which hasn’t been a problem.
I don’t remember why I switched from Firefox to Chrome over a decade ago. Eventually, I want to phase out Chrome due to Google’s cavalier approach to user data. I should probably just rip the bandaid off.
 
Semi-related, has anyone else tried a network level adblocker like pihole? With sites getting a lot more hostile to browser level adblockers like ublock I've found this helps. The default blocklist successfully blocks Twitch and YT video ads. Some other things are getting through but if I add a few blocklists I can probably get 99% to go away and the best part is that it works on all my devices just by changing my router's DNS setting to the device running pihole.

I found it much easier and more user friendly than I expected. You do actually want a raspberry pi zero or some other compatible very low powered device though as it has to be on at all times you're using the internet.
 
Vivaldi's great!

Everyone should get Vivaldi.

Less memory and RAM usage.

And more options.

Outside of that?

Opera, but Vivaldi replaces Opera for me neatly enough.
 
Semi-related, has anyone else tried a network level adblocker like pihole? With sites getting a lot more hostile to browser level adblockers like ublock I've found this helps. The default blocklist successfully blocks Twitch and YT video ads. Some other things are getting through but if I add a few blocklists I can probably get 99% to go away and the best part is that it works on all my devices just by changing my router's DNS setting to the device running pihole.

I found it much easier and more user friendly than I expected. You do actually want a raspberry pi zero or some other compatible very low powered device though as it has to be on at all times you're using the internet.
I haven’t tried it but now I want to

Edit - ah this looks messy to set up on either a Pi with LibreElec or a Synology NAS, and the Synology guide recommends doing both for redundancy
 
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I haven’t tried it but now I want to

Edit - ah this looks messy to set up on either a Pi with LibreElec or a Synology NAS, and the Synology guide recommends doing both for redundancy
uBlock Origin is my go-to.

Honestly?

There's nothing else like it and it's open-source if you're ever suspicious or want to go through it yourself.
 
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Vivaldi's great!

Everyone should get Vivaldi.

Less memory and RAM usage.

And more options.

Outside of that?

Opera, but Vivaldi replaces Opera for me neatly enough.
Yep, same here. I do want to use more of the nicer features like notes and wish they kept the calendar like they did in the beta since I used to love Mozilla's SeaMonkey with integrated Thunderbird.
 
Semi-related, has anyone else tried a network level adblocker like pihole? With sites getting a lot more hostile to browser level adblockers like ublock I've found this helps. The default blocklist successfully blocks Twitch and YT video ads. Some other things are getting through but if I add a few blocklists I can probably get 99% to go away and the best part is that it works on all my devices just by changing my router's DNS setting to the device running pihole.

I found it much easier and more user friendly than I expected. You do actually want a raspberry pi zero or some other compatible very low powered device though as it has to be on at all times you're using the internet.

I've had a pihole running for the past like, 6 years, and it has been absolutely amazing.
 
Trying to use Firefox more when not using an iOS device (as all iOS browsers are just using the same engine as Safari due to Apple restrictions, so there’s not much advantages in switching besides account syncing)


Unfortunately (or maybe by design) Google Meet camera filters don’t work outside Chromium browsers on desktop. Vivaldi is probably the most interesting one feature-wise but it was also buggy with Google Meet. So Chrome seems sometimes unavoidable
 
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Firefox on android. It's not a great browser, but allows ublock, which is downright necessary.

Waterfox on PC. That's the browser my boyfriend uses and he uses the computer a lot more than I.
 
Firefox. Why? Because it has just the right amount of frills on it, does not require me to log in, and generally works the best for me. When I was a kid, I used Internet Explorer and Firefox worked better. Then Chrome came out, and it skivved me out.
 
firefox, have been for years. used to use chrome and then a lot of my plugins suddenly stopped working.
 
Orion on the macOS, which has a built-in ad blocker and is way more privacy-friendly than say, Opera (which I used for years). It's not reliying on the Chromium framework either.
 
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Yep, same here. I do want to use more of the nicer features like notes and wish they kept the calendar like they did in the beta since I used to love Mozilla's SeaMonkey with integrated Thunderbird.
I still have notes and a calendar. Strange.

Are you talking about Vivaldi?
 
I still have notes and a calendar. Strange.

Are you talking about Vivaldi?
Yes, I recently upgraded and now all these functions are there, weird. I wouldn't rule out it's just me hiding functions or something. Vivaldi does have a lot of customisation features with which you can change the whole look and feel and I love to play around with that.
 
Yes, I recently upgraded and now all these functions are there, weird. I wouldn't rule out it's just me hiding functions or something. Vivaldi does have a lot of customisation features with which you can change the whole look and feel and I love to play around with that.
Same!
 
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