The battle between Chrome and Firefox
To the question, which is the better browser, Chrome or Firefox, many aspects such as design, browser speed, performance, interface, and several other factors have to be looked into. Whereas Chrome is a closed-source browser built on the base of Chromium, Firefox is open-source browser software built by the Mozilla Foundation. Read on to find out the basic characteristics of both the browsers that have a bearing on their performances.
For fresh starts, the chrome browser uses more memory than Firefox. This is because it has a separate process for implementing each tab. However, when the tabs are closed, Firefox takes longer to release memory than Chrome. The Firefox 3 version has improved memory release techniques.
Whereas Mozilla uses 37 MB of hard disk space, Chrome uses about 120 MB of hard drive space (it supports HTML 5).
Installation and Set Up
Installing either of the browsers is a simple job. Chrome can be installed when online with a single click. It requires that the user be connected to the Internet. Firefox can be installed offline. The file size at installation for Chrome is about 13 MB and for Firefox it is about 15 MB.
As far as start-up time is concerned, Firefox starts quicker than Chrome. Both the browsers become slower when additional extensions are installed. This is because these extensions perform many jobs simultaneously.
The Firefox interface appears thus: It has a title bar, a navigation bar, tab bar, address box and tab box. In the case of Chrome, it has a tab bar, a navigator bar complete with navigation options, a title bar that is not visible in full-screen mode, settings button and an address bar. Whereas a user can fully customize elements’ appearance while using Firefox, Chrome does not have any such features for customization.
Chrome employs many advanced features that contribute to its improved security. On Linux systems, Chrome organizes itself in a more secure manner than Firefox. On the Windows OS, Chrome does not have the capacity to save passwords in an encrypted form. Chrome has more sandboxing options than Firefox. Sandboxing refers to the ability of the browser to be able to build and maintain a contained environment to prevent malware and threats from infecting the computer on which they are running. Sandboxing helps to separate running programs effectively. Firefox is statistically seen to be more hacker-prone than Chrome. Firefox extensions have a larger number of security add-ons than Chrome.
The biggest privacy concern when Chrome is used is whether Google collects data for target marketing purposes. Chrome has fewer options for privacy when compared to Firefox. Both Firefox and Chrome offer a private browsing method (incognito mode) whereby the history of the sites visited is not available to another individual that will use the same computer. This mode, however, does not offer increased privacy from other websites.
Wrapping up, users find Chrome to be more suited to applications that require interactive application websites. However, when it comes to adapting to graphics, users prefer other browsers. Firefox is an all-time favorite with users when it comes to customization and configuration of browser toolbars.
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