The web browser has come a long, long way from humble origins. For many people these days, a good web browser is the only application you need on a computer – so much so that there are computers out there that are nothing more than a web browser delivery device. It should therefore come as no surprise that your choice of browser and browsing habits are a good place to start when it comes to taking back control of your privacy. These days, nearly all of the major browsers are fairly decent but some are more equal than others. Firefox is not necessarily the best browser but it is notable for a few reasons:
- Firefox is the only major browser that is 100% free and open source. Chrome and Safari are built on open source projects but the final products are not fully free and open.
- Firefox is the only major browser developed and backed by a non-profit corporation that has no proprietary interest in supporting web advertising, collection of personal information, or any other privacy-reducing trends or technologies.
- Firefox developers are regarded as doing the best job of keeping malware and adware out of their add-on marketplace.
- Firefox provides an “Extended Service Release” version that is kept up to date for a full year before being phased out. You will still need to install security updates as they come out, but major changes to the way the browser works and looks will only happen once a year rather than once every few months.