Firefox recently turned 100 (we mean version 100, of course) and has always been the underrated rival of Google Chrome, which has now also passed 100. In terms of global market shares for desktop browsers, the two seem almost worlds apart. And yet there are many reasons why you should give Firefox a try. There is one thing he is particularly good at: online data protection. You will be amazed at the built-in features that Firefox offers to make your browsing experience as smooth and secure as possible.
These are the eight key benefits by Firefox!
You probably know these cases when you suddenly hear noises somewhere in the background while surfing the web. The reason: Many websites have videos and other media that play automatically as soon as you load the page. The main disadvantage of these autoplay videos is that they consume bandwidth unnecessarily. Keep this in mind if you use connections with a limited data volume.
In Chrome, you can only block such websites if you install a third-party extension. Firefox, on the other hand, offers an automatic lock in its settings. Enabling this will mute audio playback by default. You can also specify websites (eg YouTube) where the autoplay of audio and video is blocked. You can find the option in Firefox Preferences under Privacy & Security > Permissions > AutoPlay.
Reinstalling Firefox will automatically block trackers that can slow down your browsing. In short, the more scripts to load as part of a website, the slower the speed – even if the scripts run invisibly in the background.
Firefox also protects your PC from so-called cryptojacking. This is the unauthorized mining of cryptocurrencies on someone else’s device by spreading malicious code or malware through websites. Indirectly, this security feature also helps with browsing speed. If your system resources are tied up due to cryptominer access, your PC will run noticeably slower.
Chrome is notorious for taking up a lot of system resources – mainly RAM, but often CPU as well. With Firefox you don’t have this problem because it is generally very frugal with system resources. Even if you open a lot of tabs and windows, the browser does not slow down.
However, Firefox can also occasionally suffer from excessive memory usage, namely when you leave many tabs open for a long time. If such a case occurs, please restart Firefox or your PC.
Tired of pop-ups and annoying ads while browsing the web on your smartphone? Android users are in luck. Just like on desktop, you can install browser extensions on the mobile version of Firefox. While the choices are very limited, they cover the key areas to improve web browsing and security.
but: Too many extensions can also consume unnecessary resources. So only install the essentials (a rule of thumb that basically applies to any browser).
What makes Chrome so appealing in the first place is its seamless connection to the Google ecosystem. Whatever device you use, the Google browser makes it easy to access your bookmarks and sync open tabs. However, this feature is not limited to Chrome. Even with Firefox, you can easily browse the web on different devices and platforms.
When you create a Firefox Sync account, you can transfer your browsing history, bookmarks, tabs, saved passwords and more to any device you sign in to. In addition, additional data protection and security-oriented services provide such as: FirefoxRelay (email masking) and firefox monitor (Monitoring of data leaks).
Not only does Firefox block third-party cookies and trackers from collecting data about your browsing, it also blocks fingerprints – an even more insidious way to track people online.
A digital fingerprint collects information about your PC hardware, software (such as your operating system and browser), add-ons, preferences, and sometimes themes and customizations. Such tracking can drag on for months or even longer, meaning anyone with access to this data can get a clear picture of your private life and habits.
It’s a bit like someone is stalking you through public Instagram and other social media accounts – only they’re getting information you don’t want made public. Maybe not even with your closest friends and family.
Firefox also allows users to: DNS over HTTPS (DoH) activate. This means: The requested domain name (eg https://www.pcwelt.de) is not sent in plain text, but via an HTTPS connection to a DNS server. This means that third parties cannot read which websites you visit.
Sometimes you just want to read the article on a website and not have to wade through popups, embedded videos, ads or whatever. But before you install tons of adblock extensions, let’s introduce you to an incredibly useful option in Firefox: Read Mode.
Whenever you see the reading view icon in the browser’s address bar, you can activate the mode with a click. This gives you a clean, scaled-down view that only shows the text and associated images. Another click on the symbol ends the mode again.
To be fair, Chrome has offered reading mode for a long time. However, for some reason, it does not appear in some versions of the Google browser. So if you want to use this feature reliably, we recommend Firefox.
The biggest problem with Google Chrome is that all your data is tied to a company that makes its money from advertising. It doesn’t matter how you want to dress this aspect – data protection isn’t Google’s strong suit. It is also relatively difficult to verify Chrome’s security. Although the browser is based on an open source project (Chromium), it mixes with Google’s own code, which is of course kept under lock and key.
With Firefox, you don’t have to worry about that, because the browser code is accessible and visible to everyone – everything.