Alternative Web Browsers

Back in the dark days of the early web, you really didn't have much choice when it came to what browser you used. Today, the opposite is true: thanks to open source projects, everyone with some time and enough programming skill can create their own browser. The rest of us can choose among these different options freely and tailor our internet experience to our own preferences.

If you're still using the browser that came with your operating system, I've compiled a small list of alternatives that might interest you. The first three are the most popular, but the rest are just as capable and worth looking into.

As for myself, I use Vivaldi for my general browsing.

Mozilla's Firefox browser is known for its ability to be customized via its huge library of add-ons. Unfortunately, many of the add-ons that are available perform the same tasks, so finding the one you want might require some searching.
According to various online statistics, this is currently the most popular web browser. Developed by Google, it has its own library of add-ons. On the downside, this browser does share some information with Google. While this is done on an opt-in basis, there are people who worry that it's snooping on them even if they opted out. I still use Chrome for various things personally, so this doesn't bother me much.
Opera has been around for a long time, though it rarely appears in browser usage statistics. Being neither Chrome nor Firefox, it runs on its own code base, with its own library of add-ons. It also features a customizable news feed and a built-in ad blocker.
Pale Moon
Pale Moon is a clone of Firefox that's designed to look and feel like older web browsers. In fact, if you're moving away from Internet Explorer for the first time, this might be a good first stop. Though Pale Moon also has its own library of add-ons to choose from, it can still use most of Firefox's add-ons, giving you a wide array of possible features. You can also customize its appearance using various themes.
Iron's claim to fame is the fact that it's a copy of Chrome that lacks the Google branding and information collection features. Since it shares its code with Chrome, it's able to use Chrome's add-ons, though this doesn't extend to built-in support for some special formats like Flash.
This browser comes ready to be customized to fit your preferences. For example, unlike the others on this list, you can choose where your tabs are placed without needing to install an add-on. It also comes with a selection of different themes right out of the box. A particularly useful feature is the fancy sidebar, which allows you to do a number of things without leaving the current window or website.

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