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Open Mic: Which Browser is Best for You?

A few days before school officially starts, a TPS student decides to load up The Potter’s School website.  He uses his favorite browser, Tor, but is unable to access the Potter’s School for some reason.  Dismayed, he sighs and opens his trusty friend Chrome to try again.  Chrome successfully loads the Potter’s School website but also turns his battery from 100% to 89%.  Sighing again, he opens Firefox and tries to load the website again.  To his immediate horror, his computer overheats and begins to emit black smoke.  

Based on this student’s unfortunate (albeit exaggerated) experience, you may no longer wish to attempt to access your class page, much less the Internet.  So, which browser is the best: Chrome, Firefox, or something else?  

Chrome is one of the most convenient and useful browsers you can use.  It is fast, providing the websites you love almost instantly.  It supports almost all websites on the Internet. Recall the last time you tried to load a website with another browser such as Tor or Brave and it didn’t work. What did you do?  You turned to your trusty Chrome browser, and the website successfully loaded! 

Imagine you accidentally click on an ad for malware.  Chrome immediately blocks said malware, and displays a large red warning against possible malware.  Chrome has strong security standards, providing only safe websites almost instantly.  To further preserve your safety, it uses extensive security measures such as sandboxing tabs and windows (preventing websites from accessing your computer) and also institutes the Google Safe Browsing list of dangerous websites.  This list warns you against accessing an unsafe website that might surreptitiously add malware to your computer. 

Additionally, Chrome has an expansive extensions library, with both useful extensions such as Grammarly and Dropbox for Gmail.  These extensions are convenient and useful, greatly simplifying your life.

Lastly, Chrome has a clean, user-friendly interface, making it less frustrating to use when spending extended periods on the computer.  The pretend TPSer has only been using Chrome for a matter of days, but now uses Chrome like a pro!  This is because functions are accessible and easy to understand, and information and settings are easy to access.

These many features make Chrome seem like a cure-all for your internet browsing problems.  

However, as soon as you open Chrome, it demands you to either create or sign-in with your Google account.  The student happens to not have a Google account, and is increasingly annoyed by the constant demands to create a Google account.

The imaginary TPSer tries using Firefox, as it doesn’t request for sign-in with a Mozilla account. Firefox is similar to Chrome, supporting many websites, has a slightly smaller extension gallery, and also has a clean, user-friendly interface.  The student uses Firefox much as he uses Chrome.

However, on Apple computers a rare bug has caused Firefox to use excessive CPU space and battery percentage, which may negatively affect older and less powerful computers.  This student uses a Mac, and one day notices that his computer is draining battery especially quickly, and the fans are whirring like a rocket taking off.  He quickly deletes Firefox, and begins a search for another, better, browser.

Within seconds, the imaginary TPSer discovers Opera, with a built-in battery saver and ad blocker, which both promise to speed up his browsing experience and cool down his computer.  He also gladly finds that Opera does not ask him to sign-in with an Opera account! Additionally, Opera was the first browser to have tabbed browsing and private mode, which particularly intrigues him.  After using Opera for a few days, he is dismayed to see the relative lack of extensions.  However, he discovers the “Install Chrome Extensions” extension, and happily installs Grammarly and the Gmail extension, using Opera much like he used Chrome. 

Instead of wasting time, the student uses a few of the litany of browsers he has downloaded to access the internet.  After hours of research, he finishes his 10-page paper and happily clicks “submit.”  A few days later, the student basks in glory as he sees the A he has received for his assignment!  His teacher has even left a comment: “Simply amazing work!”  Remember this, humble students of TPS.  Any browser, when used well, can provide good results.  

Citations:

https://support.mozilla.org/questions/1194330 

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About the Author

What’s your name?
Aaron Shey
How old are you?
Fourteen
Where do you live?
Walnut Creek, California
What subjects are you taking with TPS?
Pre-AP Chem
What is your favorite part about writing about technology?
I can help my readers with tech tips, ranging from the best browser, to helping them avoid shady websites and viruses, to simply some cool tips, tricks or easter eggs.  With technology having such an outsize role in our lives, it doesn’t hurt to know a little bit more about using it.

3 Comments

  1. WHAT? Everybody knows Internet Explorer is by FAR the best. 🙂

  2. I don’t trust any of them…