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Everybody reading this will likely use a Web browser on a daily basis. It is, after all, an essential tool in this day and age, allowing us to access the wealth of information contained on the Internet 6 Ways To Learn Something New Online Everyday 6 Ways To Learn Something New Online Everyday The Internet is a double-edged sword - it can be used to procrastinate the day away, or it can be used to learn something new everyday. Here at MakeUseOf, we're particularly focused on the latter.... Read More . But what Web browser do you use? And why? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Coding In Schools

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Should Coding Be Taught In Schools?

Out of a total of 365 votes, 56.4% chose “Yes, but it should be optional,34.8% chose “Yes, it should be compulsory,5.5% chose “Focus on the core subjects,2.2% chose “No, coding isn’t important,” and 1.1% chose “I really don’t care either way.

This is a strong win for coding to be taught in schools 10 Tools To Get Kids Excited About Programming 10 Tools To Get Kids Excited About Programming For the average kid, computers and smartphones are fun tools. Education comes much later. Getting a kid excited about programming might take some doing because logic needs a bit of time to develop. It is... Read More , with over 90 percent of those who voted choosing one of the Yes options. Of those, the majority think coding should be optional rather than compulsory, which is rather sensible given that no two children are alike in either their abilities or interests.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Koshy George, Ellen, and J.O. Williams. Comment Of The Week goes to Cutler Cox, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Should Coding Be Taught In Schools? [MakeUseOf Poll] Should Coding Be Taught In Schools? [MakeUseOf Poll] Should coding and all the various elements that go with it be a part of the school curriculum? We want to know your thoughts on the teaching of programming in schools. Read More :

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I’m in high school right now.I can tell you two things about high schoolers and technology: They know enough about it to get themselves in trouble, and not enough to get out of it.

I know much more than the average student at my school, and because of that, even teachers come to me for help. Other students have not had the natural curiosity for learning what makes computers tick, and so they only know how to download an app and take selfies. Programming itself is useless to these students. My school worked with a few others and a state university to try a programming elective at our school, with sophomores being required to take the class. Despite the disagreements I have with their language of choice, a dead-end language that only teaches things like a turtle (netlogo), the main problem is that these students don’t care about the class and treat it like Spanish: Learn the basics, then forget everything when they don’t need it anymore.

What they need instead is a computer literacy class. Not just “Here is how you click and drag”, but more like “here is how to open a compressed file. Here is how to spot potential viruses before you download them.” and so on. The ones who want to learn computer science can do so in an elective, and to save them time, a test could be taken to see if they need computer literacy or not. If one odes not pass the test. they need to take the class.
Things like troubleshooting a WiFi connection are alien to them. They don’t Google their question correctly, so they don’t get good results. All in all, these students need to be taught a little more than the basics, they need to know how to help themselves. If they still can’t solve it, that is where IT comes in.

Beyond this, I have no idea what to do. Students need to learn how to use a computer effectively, and then some sort of logic class. Programming should be an elective for those who want to take it, but knowing how to use netlogo isn’t going to do much but teach you logic. It needs to be a useful language that isn’t going to die anytime soon. Regardless of the implementation, Computer literacy for all, Computer science for those that care.

We chose this comment because it backs up the results of the poll itself, suggesting that while coding is certainly important enough to be taught in schools, it won’t be for everyone. Hence the need to make computer science optional rather than compulsory.

What Web Browser Do You Use, & Why?

This is a question we have asked several times over the years Which Is the Best Desktop Browser? 2014 Edition [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Is the Best Desktop Browser? 2014 Edition [MakeUseOf Poll] Another year has gone by, what has changed in the browser scene? Have your loyalties changed? Let's find out! Read More . The wording has changed slightly, as have the percentages gained by the browsers battling it out for your love. However, the basic question remains the same. You will be using the Web browser you consider to be the best option, so which Web browser are you using?

Google Chrome has won this particular poll for the last two years, but will it make it three in a row? We know Chrome is the most popular desktop browser amongst the whole of the Internet population, but is the same true amongst MakeUseOf readers? After all, you all tend to be slightly more geeky than the average netizen 10 Incredibly Geeky Things You Could Be Doing Right Now 10 Incredibly Geeky Things You Could Be Doing Right Now Today, we're applauding geeks who have surpassed the achievements of us ordinary, run-of-the-mill geeks, journeying to the geeky underworld and living to tell the tale. Bow down to your geek superiors. Read More .

Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments why you voted that way.

We would love to discover your specific reasons for choosing one Web browser over the others available. And whether you have tried a number of alternatives before settling on one. Or even for how long you have stuck with your current choice.

The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.

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  1. Mark Taylor
    August 21, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I no longer use neither Chrome nor Firefox directly, I always have at least two browser installed. For my Gecko based browser (Mozilla) I mainly use PaleMoon, and for my Chromium based browser I use Chromodo, a more secure and private version of Google Chrome managed by the Anti-Virus company Comodo.

    Maybe one day I'll return to Firefox granted that:

    1. There is an official 64-bit variant on Microsoft Windows.
    2. They remove Pocket from the native code.
    3. The use of multiple process threads, to make the browser more responsive and stable.

  2. Caroline
    May 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Just switched to Opera. I tried Firefox before but it crashed a lot. Before that I used chrome but I don't like how much google tracks you so I try to avoid it.

    • Mark Taylor
      August 21, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      If you're worried about Google spying on you, then I really hope you don't use Google Search as your search engine.

  3. notapoet
    January 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Thoroughly dissatisfied with IE and unwilling to fork out the bucks for a Mac, I switched to Firefox about a dozen years ago and have found no compelling reason to abandon it. All of my subsequent computers (one used, one refurb, and two new) came with IE. In each instance I played with it enough to know I would be happier with Firefox. Early last year I experimented with Chrome on a new laptop and was considering using both and possibly a gradual switch to it as my main browser. Then I started running into freezes and crashes at least as bad as those experienced with IE at its worst. Finally I had to uninstall Chrome -- a process so unpleasant I was considering whether to trash the laptop, commit hari kiri, or both. This is not to say that I won't continue to take an occasional ride with IE, give Chrome another whirl, or experiment with some other browser. But to date, I have found nothing that matches Firefox for the combination of speed, versatility and adaptability, ease of use, and freedom from major problems. The real clincher for me has been with how easy it is to work around any glitch, freeze, or crash in a matter of minutes as opposed to the hours -- and even days -- sometimes necessitated by problems encountered while using other browsers. I'm not, nor do I aspire to become a computer tekkie. I am a retired journalist still dabbling in both research and writing. As such I prefer tools that are easy to use, versatile, and reliable. Firefox is all those.

  4. Von Adam Martinez
    January 2, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I use all of the popular browsers for website testing, but for my personal use, I use Firefox because it has tons of tools for web development. Firebug is my most favorite add-on in firefox. Plus, I gives me the peace in my mind that my data are not being sniffed, at least. I also use DuckDuckGo as my default search engine.

  5. Meena Bassem
    December 28, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    seriously people. IE? even it's name is very lame.. >_<

  6. Richard Borkovec
    December 28, 2014 at 7:09 am

    It really depends: on my main laptop, I use Chrome and Firefox equally. On my Stream 13, I use Opera and IE (since they seem to use the least amount of RAM, and it only has 2GB). So overall, I use 4 different ones, but picked Firefox since I use it the most.

  7. April Morone
    December 27, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    (Auto correct tried correcting what I was saying, and it got it inccorect. What I tried saying, before, was that I use Firefox Developer Edition cus of all that Web Devs can do using it, plus of that there is better safety on the Web when using it.

  8. April Morone
    December 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I use Firefox Web Developer Edition browser because I log all web devs can do using it, plus better safety on the Web using it.

  9. April Morone
    December 27, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I use Firefox a Web Developer Edition.

  10. programmedpixel
    December 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I used to use Chrome, but your recent Opera review convinced me to switch to Opera, at least on my Macs (which are my primary computers). Note I still keep a copy of Chrome on my MacBooks however as at my cottage I own a Chromecast so I need the Google Cast extension, and I haven't gotten that onto Opera yet. On my PCs, which run Linux, and are older as I switched to the Mac about 6 years ago but the PCs are still fast, I still use Chrome but that's mostly because I haven't got around to installing Opera on them. I also use Safari on my iOS devices as Apple just makes it too much of a hassle to use any other browser as you can't make it the default for links. Main reason I switched to Opera is because Chrome often locked up the gestures on my MacBook Pro's trackpad on longer surfing sessions and did other weird things. Chose Opera because it is fast and the devtools (and many other parts of the browser) are taken from Chrome so I don't have to make many changes in my mind and to my stuff, some of my old extensions even work because Opera uses the same model, so any of the ones that I was running unpacked (like the Dracula DevTools theme still worked after enabling DevTools experiments and checking the UI theme box) worked with no hassle, and I got a few others to work too. Opera also seems to be really fast. I considered just using the default Safari but I'm not a huge fan of some of the ways it does things. I didn't consider Firefox because I've had some huge problems in the past, not to mention in the past it drained my MacBook battery (and maybe it was just that one MacBook and they've improved power consumption ) a lot more than any other browser. The only thing I am not liking about Opera is it seems the two finger left-or-right swipe gesture for going forward or back is a bit too sensitive, and it can interfere with scrolling when I have the MacBook at a bit of an odd angle, which I often do, so I need to be deliberate about it and make sure it is a straight swipe, versus Chrome and Safari where if your swipe is slanted a bit it's no problem. Note that I keep my fingers slightly spaced out on the trackpad unlike in Apple's pictures where the fingers actually touch so that might be the issue.

  11. Ray
    December 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I haven`t seen any mention of "Yandex" here. I find that it is a very straight-forward and reliable browser, with easily customizable privacy add-ons etc.

  12. A41202813GMAIL
    December 23, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Any Browser Without A Huge Extension Library Is Of Little Use To Me.

    I Have Used IE8, FF, CHROME And Now OPERA26.

    I Left IE8, Because I Discovered The Huge Extension Library Of FF,

    I Left FF, Because They Screwed Old Extensions When FF4 Was Introduced,

    I Left CHROME, Because Now They Do Not Allow An Option For Power Users To Continue To Use Extensions From Outside The CHROME Web Store,

    While OPERA26 Keeps Functioning As Old CHROME Used To Be, It Will Be My Browser Of Choice - If Not, There Are Still Lots Of Old CHROME Clones Out There.

    Confession:

    I Still Use IE8 For Video Streaming, Because It Is The Fastest And The One That Kills Pop Ups The Most - Credit Where It Is Due.

    As Usual:

    XPOCALYPSE, FOREVER !

  13. Harshit
    December 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I have installed Palemoon, Chrome and Opera.
    And, I use them all. I don't restrict myself to one browser. If one website does not open in one browser, open in another.
    This is called common sense.

  14. Kurt S.
    December 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I actually use three browsers: Chrome, Firefox and Palemoon. Of the three, Palemoon is my preferred browser. Occasionally I will also use Lynx.

  15. Xoandre
    December 22, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Many years ago, I used Netscape. (Yeah, the godzilla fire-breathing load icon)

    It was pretty much the only option out there. IE was a stupid joke when it appeared, and - frankly - still is.

    Netscape was the end-all, be-all of browsers. Until Firefox popped up.
    For a brief time, Firefox was almost identical to Netscape; both designed by Mozilla.

    I do not recall exactly when Firefox won me over - I think it was when I finally gave in to not being able to install Netscape Communicator 4.8 on my computer anymore because the 5-year-old expired installer was corrupted. (we're talking in 2005) I did not like the "New Netscape" program - it was huge, weird looking, and slow. It was missing all the Communicator features - like the website design functionality and the email functionality.

    Firefox had some nice features and grew to be a very fast option. Sure, it was missing many of the things I had grown accustomed to in Netscape, but with the death of my legacy installer, I switched.

    Chrome came on the scene and I found it to be buggy, UGLY, and missing the options and plugins that Firefox had. I got to rely on some of those Firefox plugins.

    Eventually (around Firefox version 6) I noticed that pages started lagging horrendously. I was getting very frustrated with how long Firefox took to start, how slow the pages were loading, and how many times I had to update all 30 of my plugins every other week, with all the updates and new releases Mozilla was sending out...

    So I started experimenting. I downloaded various "browsers" that just opened IE with a mask over it. I tried Opera and got lost with all the weird GUI features. Then I decided to give Chrome a try.

    Chrome's default GUI is horribly ugly. Luckily, it is customizable now.

    I've stuck with Chrome pretty much ever since. It now has the Extensions I used as plugins in Firefox, and is very fast. I have not gone back to Firefox since. Nothing against it, I just don't have any use for a third browser on my PC (IE is not removable).

  16. R A Myers
    December 22, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Been using "Firefox" since it first came out as part of Mozilla's first combined email/browser program (for Win 3?). I'm familiar with it. Each new revision has a gentle learning curve.

  17. Mo
    December 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Been using Firefox since the Firebird/Phoenix days. I love it, it has gotten much better over the years, no more memory leaks, fast, and responsive. It has been my go to browser, I sync up my history, bookmarks and extensions with Firefox sync, and use lastpass as my password manager. So no matter what system I am on, it feels just the same.

  18. Tiago Fernandez
    December 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I use chrome and opera, i like more opera because its cool, but I use chrome more, but I still use opera, confusing, huh?

  19. acadi_annie
    December 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I use Firefox. It's not as though I haven't tried using Chrome—IT doesn't play well with ME. For some reason it will NOT hold any of my settings. I'm a 62-year-old mom, so no great geek, but if a tool can't be useful to me—I'll be damned if I'll waste time with it, especially if Firefox works. I've had crashes , but I like add-ons that are probably pushing it, and I'm also not doing groundbreaking work, so just restore.

  20. Alahu
    December 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I use Seamonkey because I like using a desktop mail client.
    I was using the combination of Firefox and Thunderbird (plus chrome for those rare occasions where firefox doesn't work, as well as Opera for when I am on a mobile network), but that used up a lot of my CPU processing power (my laptop isn't great) and slowed down my laptop a great deal.
    When I found out Seamonkey has both built in and is based on the Gecko engine, I installed it hoping that it would use up less of my CPU, and it did. It took a lot of time and tweaking of settings to make it look like my old FF (firefox) setup, but it was worth it. I moved the tabs to the top, I made the mail client stay open in the notification area, I installed my old FF theme, and most of my old FF addons.
    But now I have a fast, secure, functional browser (although it does not look quite as nice as I had FF looking).

  21. RealBull
    December 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I use Opera because it is really fast now that it is a chromium based browser, innovative and easy to use. The speed-dial page is the best one there is and it has a new way to use bookmarks. To add to it all, it has extensions and with a special extension it can use Google Chrome extensions too.

  22. Rod Fielding
    December 22, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I am a determined XP user and Firefox for XP is everything I could want in a browser - unlike the latest available Internet Explorer for XP which is terrible - widely unsupported and useless for many Web sites.

  23. robh
    December 22, 2014 at 11:36 am

    FF because of developer addons like fireftp and firebug - however these are reportedly implicated in my too frequent FF hangs and crashes. As I need plenty of tabs active I have Chrome running too, mostly to keep 3 or 4 gmail accounts open

  24. Chinmay S
    December 22, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Firefox.

    Reason?
    - No reason.

    Why?
    - I don't know.

    What about Chrome?
    - I hate Chrome because it is slow.
    ...
    ...

  25. Matthew Unwin
    December 22, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I have been using chrome since it was first released as even then it was better than ie. Googles advertising at the time helped me choose it over an alternative. Since then I have stuck with it for the minimal interface and lately synchronisation features. I also most other Google services so changing one of them will not affect my privacy from Google.

  26. Richard Allen
    December 22, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Pale Moon is my default browser currently. Started using Firefox about 8 years ago and migrated to an optimized fork of Firefox called Pale Moon a couple years ago. Pale Moon uses the older style UI before FF 29. Pale Moon by default has a few optimizations that make it more secure than FF, Chrome or IE. With the use of some specific addons Pale Moon/FF has excellent tab management and customization (Tab MIx Plus), the best bookmarks management of FF, Chrome or IE (Edit Bookmark Plus with Bookmarks Menu). Pale Moon has very good performance and to me does seem faster than stock Firefox. Functionality, customization and security are the things I look for in a browser and for me Pale Moon fills those requirements and has been my browser of choice. I think a lot of us can argue, rightfully so, that the browser is the most used and important program used on our computers.
    The 64 bit version of Chrome is one of my backup browsers. Other than the amount of memory that the 32 bit and 64 bit versions have access to I don't really see any difference between the 32 and 64 bit versions. Personally... I think Chrome is just ok, it's fine performance wise. MY problem with Chrome is that even after trying numerous different extensions I can't get the tab management, bookmarks management or even scrolling that I've become used to in Pale Moon/FF. Automatically getting rid of flash cookies and third party cookies and still not always having to re-log into your accounts is harder in Chrome. Granted the add-on developers have had years to fine tune their add-ons for Pale Moon/FF and Chrome extensions obviously still have some catching up to do, IF they ever do. A lot of people claim that Chrome is faster for them and that could very well be true, for them, but I don't see Chrome being faster myself. Chrome might start rendering some elements faster on some webpages but by the time it's done there is not a noticeable difference that I can see. On some pages Pale Moon is faster. Milliseconds? Don't care!! And Chrome does use more memory compared to Pale Moon and I'm using 21 add-ons in Pale Moon and just 2 extensions in Chrome and I have flash disabled in Chrome. Memory use depending on the number of tabs open shouldn't be a problem for most people with 4 or more gigs of ram. For me the biggest reason I use Chrome is the bookmark syncing between the desktop version and the mobile version of Chrome. After migrating my bookmarks from Pale Moon to Chrome I now have access to my desktop bookmarks in the Chrome mobile app with my Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013). Sweet!
    The biggest surprise recently for me is IE 11. WTH!! Microsoft has made some major improvements to Internet Explorer. I'm shocked, SHOCKED I say!! Up until a few weeks ago I hadn't used IE in about 8 years. Again... WOW!! Performance feels right up there with everyone else. Scrolling actually works very well on both my desktop and laptop, almost as good as Pale Moon, better than Chrome. And I had completely forgotten that "Adblock Plus for IE"had become available not too long ago. The fact that adblock's easylist and the easyprivacy protection list are available to use is outstanding. With Active X filtering, Smartscreen Filter, easylist/easyprivacy and some tweaks to the privacy and security settings IE could be a viable browser to use, especially as a backup browser. The main thing that worries me is that so much malware targets IE because it is still used by so many people worldwide and I would imagine too many noobs use the barebones version without any of the added extra security that is available.
    Regardless... there are some great choices for browsers now!!

    • R A Myers
      December 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Mr. Allen,
      Thanks for the Pale Moon information. I'll look at it because it's based on Fire Fox.
      Bob

  27. connecticut472
    December 22, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Firefox because of habit and familiarity. It lets me block ads and trackers.

  28. Codewyn
    December 22, 2014 at 4:55 am

    I use Chrome because it's faster than Firefox and the developer tool is better than any of the ones running under Firefox. Extensions also run, and are managed, better in Chrome. Firefox has a list of small advantages going for it, but none of them add up to what Chrome offers at the most basic and essential levels.

  29. Dennis
    December 22, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Chrome simply because of address bar search with "tab".

  30. Jim
    December 22, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I use Chrome/Firefox on windows 7 and use Firefox on my Debian/Jessie laptop. I used to use Iceweasel, but i couldn't use some features that Debian won't allow. I'm using more Firefox on Windows now and will probably use it on my android phone soon. One more thing not in this context, if you want to try out the testing debian OS then there isn't a better time! Jessie rocks!

  31. Gabriel
    December 22, 2014 at 2:53 am

    I mainly use Chrome as it's the only browser where I can access Inbox by Gmail, and it's also one of the only browsers where I can edit photos on Google+ (the others being Chrome- or Chromium-based, such as Maxthon). Its wide range of apps and extensions is also a big plus for Chrome. I also use Firefox once in a while because of their emphasis on privacy, and Opera because of it's Opera Turbo feature - especially helpful when I have a slow internet connection.

  32. Fedup with FF
    December 22, 2014 at 1:44 am

    I've been a longtime FF user but am at wits' end re: "Firefox Not Responding" and nothing I have tried has fixed the problem. Googling tells me I am not the only one and that this has been a problem for YEARS (probably a year or two for me). I ended up here to see what I should switch to.

    • likefunbutnot
      December 22, 2014 at 1:59 am

      Most of the time, those sorts of problems are the result poorly behaved plugins, usually either Shockwave or Flash, rather than the browser itself.

  33. Rick
    December 22, 2014 at 1:22 am

    I'm heavily tied into many Google services and an primarily using a Chromebox these days, so.... Chrome it is.

  34. Abhi
    December 22, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I'm a browser-aficionado, have 10 browsers installed and use each one once in a while to check out the new features. However, my primary browser is Chrome. It is because there is an extension called g.lux that is only available for Chrome. It adjusts color-temperature of web-pages and takes the usual white-glare out of them. AFAIK there is no equivalent extension/addon for any other browser.

  35. Hildy J
    December 22, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Firefox. It lets me block ads (Ad Block Plus) and trackers (Privacy Badger). Lets me purge cookies (native function) and Flash cookies (Better Privacy). Lets me store, encrypt, and sync notes (QuickFox Notes) and history, bookmarks, and passwords (native function). It runs on any OS I would ever consider. And each version brings more power and performance. What's not to like?

    Besides, Google already knows enough about me already.

  36. jamieg
    December 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Chrome because I use all Google Apps. I like ecosystems for compatibility and familiarity. I have Firefox installed, but really only open it once or twice a year.

  37. ed
    December 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Firefox.
    Has more settings than Chrome without resorting to add-ons or extensions.

    After buying a chromebook, I am using Chrome OS more and love the extensions, but Firefox still wins for me.

  38. Doc
    December 21, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Firefox. Any other browser's addons are a lame, pale imitation of what Firefox's addons can do. DownThemAll, for example, replaces a paid app called GetRight that I used to use. NoScript protects me from malicious Javascript (such as drive-by malware downloads). Grab and Drag lets me scroll a webpage by clicking and dragging like an Adobe PDF document. Tile Tabs lets me read two tabs side-by-side (or even more, split any way I like). Chrome's addons are wimpy in comparison, and often leak RAM like a sieve.

  39. Jackson
    December 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I use Chrome, despite knowing that I really should use Safari! Generally, I feel that Apple hasn't put in as much effort into developing its web browser, and lags behind the competition.

  40. DalSan M
    December 21, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Although I voted for Opera as it is my primary browser of choice for my netbook, laptop, and desktop, I normally use Maxthon browser on my Android phones. Maxthon is fast, simple, and allows quick and easy change of the user agent for more compatibility. However, I also use Firefox for Android as it is able to play Adobe Flash content (most other browsers, including Maxthon, no longer play flash content in Android 4.4.4 Kit Kat, even if flash player is installed). If I were to have answered this question last year (and I think I have), my answer would have been Comodo Dragon (Google Chrome variant that is hardened for better security and privacy). I may try Comodo Chromium since it would more than likely be faster and more secure than Chrome or Chromium (for some reason, Comodo Dragon was faster and more pleasing to use than Google Chrome).

    I have Comodo Ice Dragon, a Firefox variant, installed on my computers as a backup, and regular Google Chrome for times that I need basic functionality that it can provide for the Web content of the university that I attend (the extra hardening and security of Comodo's products block out some of the content, and I only use Chrome for accessing certain content for the university I attend). If I can find a quick, safe, secure, and feature-rich browser that is compatible with everything that I need to access, I would use it over anything else, but so far, haven't found the perfect one. Midori, Maxthon for PC, Safari, Waterfox, Firefox, etc., have not met my requirements, and I have tried modifying the settings, flags, and developer options to try to get everything to work smoothly, to no avail. I even have trouble with Opera, but far fewer than any other browser that I have tried in the past couple of years.

    Opera has lost many of the features that I loved when they changed the core of the browser to Google Chrome based, but kept a couple that makes one able to differentiate between Chrome and Opera, such as the built-in torrent downloader. The turbo mode makes it more capable on my netbook since the processor is very limited in speed (AMD C-60 dual core APU, clocked at 1 GHz with 1.33 GHz single-core boost). Hopefully they add more features that many of us long-time Opera users have come to love, but feel lost without them.

    • bartoj
      December 22, 2014 at 7:35 am

      With you on this one re: Opera - so many features lost when changing from Presto to Chromium that I had to abandon it after 10+ years - was by far the best browser available until then. Hope to return to it if/as features are brought back.

  41. DonGateley
    December 21, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I should have said "No browser other than Firefox either has..." I'd edit it if they'd let me.

    I would love to get email notifications of new comments and replies on this site. I can't think of another that won't support that.

  42. DonGateley
    December 21, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    The main driver that determines my choice of browsers is the existence of the Session Manager add-on. No other browser either has native or an add on that can begin to duplicate is functionality. I am so invested in its use that a switch isn't even conceivable.

    In general the wealth of add-ons in FF isn't nearly matched by any other browser.

  43. pete
    December 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Chrome is my browser of choice. I only use Firefox as and when Google decides to stop working and I need to check just whats going on.

    I have become a bit of google fanboy of the past few years, from nexus 4 and 7 (2012) devices and having used chrome for many years I like everything under one umbrella.

    It may be a false belief but I like to think that this is the easiest way for me to keep track of where I'm upto with my online projects. From socail networking (I do like Google+ regrardless of the bashing it gets) I love my android tablet and phones (I have no issues with apple apart from the price but thats another story) and I still blog using blogger (there are still a couple of us out there).
    Being addicted to google means that Chrome is my "go to" browser of choice both on my laptop AND mobile.

    I am even in the process of changing my laptop to a chromebook in the new year, although I have yet to fully embrace the best of the apps available in the Chrome store.

  44. Firefoxuser
    December 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I use Firefox on my desktop computer and Internet Explorer on my tablet.

  45. Beta
    December 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I use both Firefox and Chrome.
    I like both of'em, but my main browser is FF !!
    I like Opera but I dont use it. I'm thinking of giving it another shot =)

  46. Paul Harris
    December 21, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I use Comodo Dragon most of the time, but when I want more privacy, I use Epic Browser.
    Both are Chrome derivitives.

  47. Eileen Souza
    December 21, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I have used Internet Explorer since its inception (my first PC was DOS) and have never had a problem. I tried Chrome. On install, I told it that I did not want it to be my default browser but it did not listen to me and took over my links. I used it a bit but had trouble getting to some sites I use (which I could reach with IE). Finally, I uninstalled it and that was not pretty either. It took me a while to fix all the broken links in the registry.

    I tried Firefox since several of the add-ons available appealed to me. I have to admit it is definitely not bad to use. I liked the way it worked and did not have any problems reaching any of my sites. For a while, I used it as my second browser. But... I discovered something I really did not like. It was always updating and breaking the add-ons I was using so I always had to update it and each of the add-ons. It became annoying and I finally uninstalled it.

    I have noticed that some software developers appear to be releasing new software and updates without testing them on IE. I think this is shortsighted since MS still owns the largest market share. I am not talking about just us geeks but the whole commercial market. I have never not been able to get on a site that I want to use. I have never gotten an update that I have to install or that broke the add-ons. That is why I am sticking. If things change, well, we'll see what the future brings.

  48. J A K O B
    December 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I use Firefox. I've tried Chrome and to me it felt like a chore to do a simple task. I love all of my add-ons in FF, too. I've heard of add-ons slowing it down but I've yet to come across any speed issues with them.

  49. Gerry
    December 21, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Firefox because of familiarity and a single small but important feature: I can keep Gmail open all the time in a pinned, frozen tab, and it will stay open even if I accidentally type in or click on another URL while reading mail. I'd think Google would like me to keep Gmail open all the time, and would allow me to make it happen in Chrome, but so far nothing I've tried works. If something did, I'd at least try switching to Chrome because there are a number of Chrome-only add-ons that I'd like to be able to use, but nothing as important as the Gmail thing.

  50. Arjun Mayilvaganan
    December 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Yeah, like many have mentioned here, I guess you should have enable choosing multiple options. I Primarily use Safari as i mostly use only Mac, as it is lighter on mac and the gestures for navigating are great.

    I use Chrome when i use Windows and have got used to it, just that way.

    And when using Linux (Ubuntu), i prefer Firefox, mainly because it is Open Source. Besides, it is lighter, just like Ubuntu is.

  51. Ahmed Zizoo
    December 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I use Google Chrome & any (Chromium based) browsers, like : Comodo Dragon, Baidu Spark & when it comes to Privacy, i use (Epic Privacy Browser), also i use Maxthon Browser for its fast browsing & built-in Addons ,,,, i rarely use Firefox as it's always mess up my Bookmarks when i use (Xmarks Addon).

  52. Marcos
    December 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I usually don't have a good management of tabs, so I prefer Firefox as it loads one tab a time when you set the config to reload all tabs from the last season. Chrome try to load all pages at the same time, overloading my internet connection...

    Plus, Firefox have that dropdown to easily select the tab you want. (Extremely useful when you have more than 15 tabs opened. haha)

  53. Zhong
    December 21, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I run Iceweasel on my Debian system since previously Chrome has stopped supporting NPAPI and blocked all third party plugin including Java, I stopped using it. The difference is that Iceweasel is an ESR extension of the official firefox build, which means it only gets security updates until it upgrades to the next version and this helps it to be more stable/secure.

    I've recently heard that Adobe has concluded its Flash development on the Linux platform and only supply security fixes through 11.2 updates. Despite its bad bearings, there are alternatives that are still young in maturity but I'm only aware of one project called Lightspark that's moving forward because Gnash has been abandoned.

    Would like to hear what others would say about the future of Flash in regards to Linux.

  54. Rajib Ghosh
    December 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I use Palemoon, but technically it's Firefox under the hood. I selected 'Others' in the option.

  55. Sam Park
    December 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Silk browser works great on Fire tablets.

  56. KayJey
    December 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Firefox, because I want to browse the web my way and only Firefox allows that level of control and self determination. The corporate gods Google and MS do not own the internet, yet. The web was not intended to be monetized and controlled for personal profit and gain and Firefox is one of the best tools available to help fight against the pervasive rise of commercialism and the proliferation of vapid, sanitized, content whilst adhering to its original ideals and principles.

  57. Johan
    December 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Internet Explorer because it works better on my laptop. Chrome doesn't work well after a hibernation cycle nor with a touch screen. I think it's been fixed but Chrome was also really bad for battery life on Windows.

    Do use Chrome at work though because some MS sites works better.

    Firefox isn't an option since they don't seem to take security seriously with no proper sandboxing and other security precautions.

  58. mrfox
    December 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    IE and Firefox. Chrome is bloat ware.

  59. Milinda Arambawela
    December 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    HAcKr selection. FireFox is best to hack any type of web site. Lot of ADD ONs, Apps, As a Developer tool, Full user control of Web Browser. Feel safe when using Internet.

  60. Paul Benjamin
    December 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I use Firefox because I am a Windows user and therefore have to add lot of plug-ins to keep my computer safe on the web. That is also why I am using Opera to vote here. The plug-ins on Firefox block the ballot and commenting. I use Chrome on my Linux netbook because it is faster on slow CPUs.

  61. ReadandShare
    December 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Oh wait... I actually use THREE browsers - Chrome and Comodo Dragon as stated above --- plus Dolphin on my phone and tablet.

  62. Michael
    December 21, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    IE 11 just feels the most responsive and best to use for me. I have all of the big three but only use Firefox for Firebug and only use Chrome for Chromecast. I know it's not popular, but I'm perfectly happy.

  63. ReadandShare
    December 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I use two browsers:

    1. Chrome strictly for Gmail, Google Calendar and Voice. It's set to allow Google cookies but no other. I treat it like a PDA app.

    2. Comodo Dragon (Chromium based) for all web browsing. The browser is set to block all Google cookies.

  64. onebree
    December 21, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I have used Firefox since the beginning. Throughout the years I tried other big browsers as well as offshoot ones. I've found that although Firefox may crash most often, it recovers within seconds. It's also most flexible in terms of security. Chromium based browsers don't like cookie and tracker blocking... And those that do, do so natively (yet are unstable forks of chrome).

    I feel that Firefox has the best mobile browser now. What other browser has as many powerful addons? Native save-as-PDF? AD BLOCK OF ALL THINGS!!

  65. Andy K
    December 21, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Like others here I would have selected TWO out of the list, and quite honestly it depends upon what task(s) I am going to be doing that governs which browser I click to open. I did however vote for Firefox as this is my default browser simply because the way I have it set up is higher security than I feel I can get with any of the others. However, I do make use of Google Chrome on a daily basis as it integrates extremely well with the services available to and integrated into the Ubuntu Desktop / Unity, (ie, social, online games, and cloud-based services). On Linux (Ubuntu anyway) Google Chrome is leaps and bounds beyond the others in flash support with their pepper-flash plugin, sorry Mozilla, you can't even begin to compete.

  66. likefunbutnot
    December 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I use Firefox-derived browsers, albeit normally Pale Moon or Waterfox, on platforms where it's an option. I avoid platforms where it is not. The biggest single reason for doing so is the robust set of add-on tools for privacy and security; Firefox can do things that other browsers aren't allowed to do, particularly with regard to Javascript code execution.
    Firefox also has a friendlier process model for browsing with lots of open tabs. If you think Firefox uses too much RAM, try opening 20 tabs on Chrome or Safari and break out a calculator.
    Firefox for Windows is a lot easier to clean of unwanted (malware) add-ons. IE has gotten better in this regard, but Chrome can be downright nightmarish. For example, Windows malware can add a Chrome extension via "Enterprise Policy", which the end user cannot remove without killing the source malware, cleaning a registry location and up to three possible directories in the file system. Even completely removing the Chrome user profile might not fix the problem. I don't have problems like that myself, but I've seen it enough times on other computers that I'd rather not deal with it.
    Firefox for Android seems to crash less than Chrome and I notice fewer rendering problems, at least on the sites I visit. I find this to be particularly ironic since for a lot of web designers, mobile browsers = webkit, the basis for both Chrome and Safari.
    I would say that Firefox's add-on ecosystem overall is superior to other browsers. Chrome's is a distant second, partially because I've found that there's some functionality that Google does not want Chrome to have, such as streaming media download tools.
    Firefox also isn't controlled by either of the largest advertising companies on the planet. At times, the people who run Mozilla might be jerks, but at least its CEO's bigotry wasn't ever company policy and Mozilla isn't so large that its actions have global human rights consequences.
    Mozilla as an organization is definitely trying to champion the idea of open standards on the internet, pushing for free video codecs and HTML5-based applications rather than tools that exist in large part to make someone piles of money.

    Firefox does have some problems. It's definitely lacking in tools for enterprise management and its UI changes with annoying frequency.

    I do occasionally use Chrome on Windows, usually when my combination of Firefox add-ons prevents a site from working and I don't feel like fixing it, or when I need yet another login on a site where I'm already using multiple sets of credentials.

    Ironically, I've found that Flash for IE is less crashy for resource-intensive games. I have a long-term prejudice against IE as a malware target, but I could leave something like Playdom's Avengers Alliance game open for weeks at a time without observing any change in behavior or dropped frames. Crappy Flash applications are the bane of my Firefox/Chrome user experience.

    Now that I know the commands to use GetMacApps, there's absolutely zero reason to ever execute Safari and since Opera is just another webkit browser, it has even less reason to exist. I probably use wget to manually download files more often than IE, Safari or Opera combined.

  67. KT
    December 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Firefox. With all the features and ad ons, I can set it up exactly the way I like it.

  68. Dave
    December 21, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Google Apps For Education works best with Chrome!

  69. Zahari Yurukov
    December 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Firefox. It meets all modern standards in web technology, it is secure, feature rich, have great add-ons and many more.

  70. Barry
    December 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Chrome.. Didn't know there were any other browsers ????

  71. Dmitry T
    December 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Firefox. It's more responsible on netbook than Chrome/new Opera and due to sync capability it is also my browser of choice on desktop and notebook ( xmarks extensions failed and created huge mess with my massive bookmarks library). So it's right and proper that i returned to browser i used since before it was ver. 1.0. Also...there's definitely no alternative to Pterodactl 1-click multi-tab picture saving extension - nothing as good exists for Chrome-based browsers, that's why FF was everpresent on my PCs.
    Before Opera abandoned their own engine for desktop version - i swore by it, but now...'dead and buried'. If i needed another chrome fork/clone there already were Iron and Chromium...

  72. Jack
    December 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I use Firefox mainly because of Gmail Manager NG which works best for me and my family to see the status of multiple accounts & have a 1 double-click log in to each. It's funny because I can't use the latest version of Firefox bc it keeps breaking the add-on. And the original add-on was abandoned a good whole back. Somebody took over with NG & new I think it is abandoned. I also like Firefox bc it renders the web sites I visit properly, better than the other browsers (based on my experience).

  73. Scott
    December 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Palemoon. It's like FF before they changed the styling. Also other differences. I've been using it almost exclusively (with FF as only a backup) for several months.

    Cf here: http://www.palemoon.org/faq.shtml#What_are_the_differences_with_Firefox

  74. dragonmouth
    December 21, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Firefox because of habit and familiarity. I have been using FF since it was known as Phoenix.

    • SquareDealz
      December 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Same here, though I'm falling out with it rapidly. I consider Chrome spyware. An ad blocking facility is essential for any browser I choose - without one, the web would be intolerable.

  75. Aidan
    December 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I chose Safari since I probably use it the most because it has the best performance and battery life of any browser I've used on OS X. Other than that I use Chrome when I'm using Windows and on Linux I tend to use Opera or Firefox. I usually install all of the browsers that are in this poll though and use whatever browser I feel like using, I don't have a particular preference…

  76. BrentC
    December 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I didn't vote because you only allowed one selection. I keep both Chrome and Firefox open almost all of the time. I found that amusing when I checked the poll results and saw those two in a dead heat!

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