One of my earliest internet experiences was watching the Mosaic browser display images and text on an old Mac back in the early 1990s. At the time I worked for the phone company and my first thought was, “Holy Cow! The future is here.” That was followed up by, “We’re not gonna have enough bandwidth.”
The NCSA Mosaic browser was one of the first, and in the early years, the most popular way to browse a world wide web that wasn’t covering the world and wasn’t much of a web. Today we live in The Golden Age of Browsers. Apple’s customers have many browsers from which to choose, and there isn’t much wrong with the basics– Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or even Microsoft’s new Edge.
Which ones are the best browsers to use?
Those are top tier browsers; each with its own set of features, plenty of common ground functionality, but the trend is browsing is beginning to change. A whole cottage industry of new browsers has pushed the envelope of privacy and security to new levels with Firefox in the lead.
Not only is Firefox fast and capable, the newest versions feature more privacy options. Yet, in just the past year I’ve tried and tested some of those second tier browsers and decided that continued feature bloat is not the future.
You can browse better on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac with one of the new class of browsers that focuses on speed, privacy, and security. Think no advertising. No trackers. No cookies.
One of my favorites of the new generation of privacy first browsers is Brave. It runs on macOS and iOS. It looks and feels a bit like the offspring of Safari and Firefox. Features are limited to basics. Bookmarks. And options to reduce online trackers. No advertising. No ad trackers. No tracker scripts. No analytics trackers. Not even cookies.
What do you get in exchange for a smaller number of features?
Privacy? Yes. Better security? Of course. Speed? Uh huh. Speed? Because Brave blocks all those tracking components you download fewer files and that improves the page load times, and reduces bandwidth usage. Here’s an example using McSolo.
The Google PageSpeed score is 100% and the Yahoo! YSlow score is 94%. Fully loaded page time is 1-second, while the average website loads a page in 6.8-seconds. The Total Page Size is 189KB, while the average website page size is 2.94MB. My website makes 9 Requests while the average website makes 86 requests.
Why the disparity? And how do browsers like Brave and others make it possible?
McSolo, and other Villagers websites, does not use analytics trackers, does not use advertising trackers, and doesn’t even have a tracking cookie. That reduces page load time, reduces page size, and reduces the number of requests a page makes. Bloated websites take longer to download and that takes more time and uses more bandwidth.
Browsers like Brave improve page load time and reduce page size by reducing the number of requests. It’s math. While Safari is a good browser that competes well against Chrome, the trend is toward browsers with privacy and security in mind and that number is growing.