5 Reasons To Switch From Google Chrome To Firefox

Since its debut, Chrome has grown in popularity, though its once-stellar reputation has taken a bit of a hit as of late. Examples of Chrome-only sites are more and more common, reminiscent of the days when Microsoft's Internet Explorer dominated the web browser market. It's been shown to be a massive memory hog as well, slowing down machines as users create more and more tabs.

If you're looking for a change this 2018, why not start with your browser? Ditch Chrome and switch to its longtime competitor, Mozilla Firefox. It's just as fast, if not faster, than Chrome, and integrates tools to boost your privacy online while making it easier to share and save everything you find on the web.

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It's Just as Fast as Chrome

Both Firefox and Google Chrome are, at least in various benchmark tests, pretty equivalent.

While Firefox, in tests performed by Mozilla, might outperform Google Chrome when loading webpages in private browsing mode, or use less RAM when dealing with multiple tabs, other independent tests show the browsers are often evenly matched when it comes to performance. At worst, you'll be switching to a browser that's just as fast. At best, you'll be using one requiring less RAM while being just as responsive.

You Can Still Sync Across Devices

Like Google's syncing functionality that lets you see your browsing activity across all of your devices, Firefox's own syncing functionality makes it easy to send that webpage on your desktop to the phone in your pocket by selecting the option in your URL bar. If you're someone who uses multiple Google accounts on the same machine, you can easily do the same with Firefox's own Multi-Account extension.

Firefox Blocks Trackers Out the Box

Need to stop a site from tracking you? Firefox automatically puts the kibosh on trackers hiding in a web page's code, protecting your browsing data from being recorded by third parties looking to sell you targeted ads. It works in both regular and private browsing mode.

That removal of invasive tracking code also means pages load faster compared to browsing in Chrome.

Firefox's Integrated Features are Choice

There are a slew of useful features built right into the browser, mitigating the need to add a bunch of third-party extensions and apps. The read-later service Pocket is integrated into the browser, so you can save any page easily.

Like taking screenshots? With Firefox Screenshots, it's easier than ever to click a button and save partial or entire shots of a web page to your hard drive or your cloud-based screenshot repository.

As someone wary of third-party services that might contain malicious code, the fewer extensions I need to add to my browser, the better. Firefox's integrated screenshot tool, easy access to saved Pocket articles, and automatic disabling of invisible browser activity trackers make it a more secure and user-friendly experience compared to Chrome.

Some Extensions Work Across Browsers

In terms of extensions, Google might have Firefox beat, but the company's adopting the WebExtensions API, making add-ons found in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge compatible with Firefox after some minor modifications by developers.

Older Firefox extensions are now considered "legacy" extensions, but you can find potential alternatives by visiting your list of add-ons and selecting "Find a Replacement". If there's no alternative extension available at the time, you'll simply see a page of featured extensions all compatible with the new version of Firefox.


Comments

    The only reason I use chrome is due to its address bar feature.

    My favourite feature is being able to search eBay and YouTube in the address bar by accessing their search engine.

    I know there are plugins that do it for chrome but can never seem to get it working right

      You can do that in firefox too, have been able to for years.
      Just add the one you want in under settings, One-Click Search Engines.
      I used to do it all the time - had youtube, wikipedia, imdb, etc and just changed the dropdown to pick which one to search for.
      Haven't bothered adding them in for awhile though, but it should still work

    Chrome just works too well with Android and all the other Google features to drop it.

    I use both. My employer has an approved distribution of Firefox for use on its intranet etc, and I use Chrome for non-work stuff (like Play Music, YouTube etc) while at work. Love having a great big line between work and personal, no danger of posting something to the wrong place. I'd do away with Chrome all together if only they'd release a Hangouts app completely independent of it.

    It could be whatever changes work made, but Firefox still craps out on me a couple of times per shift as the number of open tabs and windows increases.

    On mobile, it's just easier to use Chrome. Baked into Android.

    Last edited 11/01/18 9:02 am

    Whenever I've used FF it's actually been worse with memory management than Chrome.

      and chrome is worst with banwith mangment

        Man i hate it when chrome uses the enitre width of my "bans"

    I never stopped using Firefox for my desktop browsing, it's always been my browser of choice. The only times I really pull up Chrome is when:

    a) I need an entire webpage translated
    b) A site has been coded poorly so it doesn't display/work properly in Firefox

    The only reason I still use Chrome is because of the profile management (ability to add people).

    Go with Edge. It has some quirks but you get used to them and it runs pretty smoothly compared to FireFox and Chrome. No plugins, but you'll be amazed at how little you miss them when they're gone.

      No plugins, but you'll be amazed at how little you miss them when they're gone

      Doubt that very much. After 10+ years on FF I can't live without my plugins.

      No plugins means no ublock origin

      No thanks.

        on firefox there called addons, they where the first to have this feature, morons every where!

          Dogmon is talking about edge which has no add-ons. Try reading the whole comment thread next time "moron"

    here my 5 resons
    1. chrome freezes on start up for about 3mins
    2. chrome freezes on start up for about 3mins
    3. chrome freezes on start up for about 3mins
    4. chrome freezes on start up for about 3mins
    5. loads pages slower on low speed internet connections.

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