OT: Which browser do you use (most of the time)

Submitted by Coronita on July 4, 2012 - 1:12pm
Internet Explorer
16% (5 votes)
Safari
16% (5 votes)
Firefox
28% (9 votes)
Chrome
41% (13 votes)
Opera
0% (0 votes)
Other
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 32
Submitted by Coronita on July 4, 2012 - 1:12pm.

Thinking about switching to chrome....

Submitted by spdrun on July 4, 2012 - 1:40pm.

Firefox/OS X. I don't want a browser designed by a company with a vested interest in selling my personal data.

Firefox also has the nice feature of history synchronization, using a private key that no one but you knows. Cloud sync done right in an era where few companies give a flying rip about their customers' privacy.

Submitted by an on July 4, 2012 - 1:44pm.

flu wrote:
Thinking about switching to chrome....

Do it. Switched from firefox to chrome a couple of years back and never looked back. It's faster, bookmark sync done right, and the ui is better.

Submitted by JPJones on July 5, 2012 - 12:11am.

From a support perspective, which is my field, Chrome is currently fastest and easiest to use. Most of my colleagues at work and friends from old gaming circles switched from Firefox in the last year or two because it just got too slow and bloated. The insane patch cycles Mozilla adopted to try and look like they were keeping up with Chrome didn't help, either.

From a development perspective, which is my wife's field, Chrome is generally accepted as the easiest to design and code for. My wife switched to Chrome at least a year before I got around to it, which I did after she mocked me for still using Firefox earlier this year.

Regarding privacy concerns, it doesn't matter what browser you use. Odds are, unless you're a super-paranoid power user, you'll give up the proverbial goods somewhere outside of the browser's control, anyhow. Google is everywhere.

Submitted by spdrun on July 5, 2012 - 12:32am.

Google's access to my browsing patterns is limited to websites that actually use their ad or other services. Which isn't limited to all sites. Google Apps usage is limited to a few things, and not in the same browser.

I don't need a browser that potentially sends my browsing history to Google or CrApple. I'd consider using Chromium, which is open-source and thus subject to verification.

But Firefox on the Mac suits me fine, and doesn't feel bloated at all. And apparently, as many people here use FF as use Chrome.

It's not that I have anything to hide. I just don't like any one entity having too much power, and Google is definitely going that way.

Submitted by desmond on July 5, 2012 - 8:48am.

I would switch over to Firefox (from IE)if I could move my favorites list over to it. Anybody know how to do that?

Submitted by ucodegen on July 5, 2012 - 11:07am.

desmond wrote:
I would switch over to Firefox (from IE)if I could move my favorites list over to it. Anybody know how to do that?
Firefox is able to import the bookmarks over from IE.. IE calls their bookmarks 'favorites'.

Firefox can also import/export bookmarks in HTML format, as well as back them up. I think IE uses a directory structure for bookmarks.. or did at one time.

Submitted by The-Shoveler on July 5, 2012 - 11:19am.

Our IT department requires us to use IE but I am going with chrome for personal use.

Submitted by JPJones on July 5, 2012 - 12:25pm.

spdrun wrote:
Google's access to my browsing patterns is limited to websites that actually use their ad or other services. Which isn't limited to all sites. Google Apps usage is limited to a few things, and not in the same browser.

I don't need a browser that potentially sends my browsing history to Google or CrApple. I'd consider using Chromium, which is open-source and thus subject to verification.

But Firefox on the Mac suits me fine, and doesn't feel bloated at all. And apparently, as many people here use FF as use Chrome.

It's not that I have anything to hide. I just don't like any one entity having too much power, and Google is definitely going that way.

Out of curiosity, what add-ons do you run in Firefox?

Submitted by spdrun on July 5, 2012 - 12:48pm.

No addons. Certainly not Google Toolbar spyware.

Submitted by carlsbadworker on July 5, 2012 - 12:51pm.

Chrome everywhere except Safari on Apple products. Still keep a copy of IE because some websites you have to use IE.
Firefox is so bloated that I am surprised there are so many people still use it.
Chrome sucks in privacy protection but you can tune it away from the default setting. IE is rumored to have more privacy protection as opt-in feature rather than opt-out soon.

Submitted by JPJones on July 5, 2012 - 12:56pm.

spdrun wrote:
No addons. Certainly not Google Toolbar spyware.

If you are genuinely concerned about your privacy, you must as the very least run NoScript or a similar add-on whether you run Firefox or Chrome. There are more you can run on top of that, but an add-on that prevents script execution by default is the bare minimum that no default browser currently covers.

Submitted by afx114 on July 5, 2012 - 2:18pm.

As a web developer for almost 20 years, I have an intimate relationship with all browser flavors and versions. That said, I use Chrome for my personal browsing because it is light and fast. I use Firefox when doing development, simply for the Firebug+FirePHP extensions alone. Otherwise, even though it pains me to say it (I've been a diehard FF user since the IE wars of the 90s), Firefox is now bloated and slow. If Chrome had a debugger on par with Firebug, I'd switch to using it 100% of the time no questions asked.

Safari I have no opinion on, but IE can tongue the sweat off my balls as far as I'm concerned.

Submitted by desmond on July 5, 2012 - 2:37pm.

ucodegen wrote:
desmond wrote:
I would switch over to Firefox (from IE)if I could move my favorites list over to it. Anybody know how to do that?
Firefox is able to import the bookmarks over from IE.. IE calls their bookmarks 'favorites'.

Firefox can also import/export bookmarks in HTML format, as well as back them up. I think IE uses a directory structure for bookmarks.. or did at one time.

That was easy, it had import from IE and the wizard took care of it, thanks.

Submitted by sdrealtor on July 6, 2012 - 1:39pm.

Can Chrome import favorites from IE? Would love to get off IE

Submitted by an on July 6, 2012 - 2:41pm.

sdrealtor wrote:
Can Chrome import favorites from IE? Would love to get off IE

Yes. When you install, it'll ask if you want to import. Just say yes and follow the step by step instructions.

Submitted by sdrealtor on July 6, 2012 - 4:06pm.

what if its already installed?

Submitted by JPJones on July 7, 2012 - 11:15am.

sdrealtor wrote:
what if its already installed?

Click the wrench in the top right corner, then Settings. Under the "Users" section, click "Import bookmarks and settings...".

Submitted by Coronita on July 7, 2012 - 11:28am.

I've been playing with chrome. The thing I like about chrome is the browse everywhere feature. If I'm browsing on my android phone, I can pick up my history when I go back to my desktop. Even the back button sort of works.

Really helps if I have more than one device.

Submitted by masayako on July 7, 2012 - 11:42am.

Switched from firefox to chrome. The last few releases of Firefox too slow, I can't stand it no more. Chrome is good.

Submitted by sdrealtor on July 9, 2012 - 9:43am.

You guys rock!

sdr
-coming to you live from Chrome