A run down of the most popular web browsers including Firefox, Chrome, Edge and Opera as well some alternate options if you'd like something different.

Mozilla Firefox

The best browser for power users and privacy protection, it is endlessly customisable and comes with many privacy and security features built-in. The user interface tends to be slightly more old fashioned than the competitors but this one has been around a long time and comes from a company that doesn't take any interest in your personal information.

Operating System: Anything with a screen


Microsoft Edge

Edge is Microsoft's latest attempt at a web browser after the infamous Internet Explorer, the original Edge built with Microsoft's own EdgeHTML. In 2019 Edge was completely rebuilt as a Chromium-based browser (like Opera and Chrome). Edge is deeply integrated with Windows 10 especially with OneNote and Cortana. It comes with added anti-tracking features, Collections, and support for 4K Netflix with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision. .

Operating System: Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS



Opera Review Opera is one of the oldest web browsers currently available. Like Edge and Google's Chrome it too runs on the Chromium open-source software project. However, Opera is the first and still only major browser that integrates a free, unlimited VPN service, allowing you to focus on the content that matters without fear of losing privacy.

Operating System: Anything with a screen


Google Chrome

I suppose if you're stuck Google Chrome would do the trick, but fair warning - Google will be listening in to your browsing.

Operating System: Anything with a screen


Other Options

This isn't a complete list of desktop web browsers. There are many other options out there, depending on what is is you use your browser for, and where you intend on using it.

  • Apple Safari: If you live in the orchard, Apple's Safari browser is a secure, privacy orientated and comes baked into Apple's operating systems.
  • Vivaldi: Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser. It's designed to be highly customisable and is built on the Chromium project.
  • Tor Browser: Protect yourself against tracking, surveillance, and censorship with Tor Browser, based on Mozilla Firefox it is designed with HTTPS Everywhere, NoScript, and other patches to protect your privacy and security.
  • Opera Neon: Opera Neon concept browser for Mac & Windows. It is based on the main browser but designed to offer a glimpse into what Opera for computers could become. Think Opera but in an alternate reality.

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