5 reasons to quit Google Chrome and use Mozilla Firefox instead

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When Chrome is currently the most used browser on the internet, it’s far from being the best. Mozilla’s Firefox is one such option to consider for your day-to-day use. Compared to Chrome, Firefox has additional built-in features and focuses more on privacy. And unlike other Chrome competitors, it’s one of the few browsers that doesn’t rely on the Chromium web engine.

Read carefully as I give you the top five solid reasons why you should quit Chrome and adopt Firefox as your everyday browser.

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1. Block autoplay on websites

An annoyance for many people using Chrome is videos autoplaying on websites they visit. On some of these sites, the videos will appear wherever you are on that page until you close it. On Chrome, you can install third-party plugins to block those annoying videos from autoplaying, or better yet, use Firefox, which has the feature built-in.

To block videos from autoplaying using Firefox,

  • Step 1: Click the hamburger icon in the upper right corner and select Settings.
  • 2nd step: Select Privacy & Security, scroll down to “Permissionsand choose “Settings” on Autoplay to block both audio and videos on each website. By default, the settings block all sound.

2. Better privacy

No one will ever say with a straight face that Chrome is great for privacy. The whole business model is based on collecting your private data so they can create tailored advertisements. Firefox, on the other hand, blocks third-party cookies and trackers by default. It also blocks fingerprinting, which tracks and collects information about your device or computer hardware, software, add-ons, installed fonts, web browsers, and preferences. Firefox has rolled out a “Total Cookie Protection” feature that prevents tracking companies from tracking you from site to site, by only keeping these cookies for the websites they were created for, reducing data they have about you.

Full cookie protection is active by default as the browser’s preferred privacy settings. To customize Firefox browser privacy settings,

  • Step 1: Click the hamburger icon in the upper right corner and select Settings.
  • 2nd step: Select Privacy and Security, on the first option of “Browser Privacy“. You can choose to customize your preferences on the types of cookies to track and use the “Standard“parameters or”strictFirefox offers.

3. FireFox has unique extensions

Speaking of extensions, Chrome gives you so much more than Firefox. But the ones you will use on
Chrome, they are also available on Firefox. The two unique extensions I found useful on Firefox
which is not available on Chrome are “Firefox Relay” and “Firefox multi-account containers“.

The multi-account containers allow you to log in to multiple accounts on separate tabs in
the browser. Like more than one social media account. Firefox Relay give you temporary emails
with an alias that can be forwarded to your real email address and you use them to sign up for
newsletters or when you do not want to give your real e-mail address.

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4. Firefox is Open Source

While Chrome is built on the open source Chromium web engine, the browser itself is not open
source, which makes it difficult for independent activists to inspect the code. On the other hand,
Firefox is 100% open source and supported by a community of a thousand developers.

5. Mobile extension

Have you wished the Chrome mobile app had extensions and support like the web browser? Well, keep wishing, it’ll probably never happen.

With the Firefox mobile app for Andriod, you can now add extensions to make the browsing experience more enjoyable. To add extensions to the Firefox mobile app, tap the breadcrumb hamburger in the lower left corner and select “Add-ons”.

And that’s it for our list of the top 5 reasons why we think Mozilla Firefox is better, ultimately your choice of browser is up to you. Are you ready to make the change? Share with us in the comments section.

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