How many browsers do you have installed on your Mac? What about iPhone and iPad? Safari, for sure. It’s Apple’s default browser. What else? Google’s Chrome? You should know better than to use Chrome, but more than half of all browser users on planet earth don’t know that what Google gives for free comes with a privacy price.
There once was a time when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer ruled all major platforms; Mac and Windows. Those days are gone. Chrome is the browser king, and if not for Safari’s massive smartphone and tablet share, Google would rule the world; undisputed. Even Microsoft has thrown in the towel to ride on Google’s Chromium project.
Whatever happened to Mozilla’s Firefox?
Once the second largest browser platform, Firefox has fallen well behind in total marketshare on Mac and Windows. Among browser rendering engines, there are three of significance– Google’s Chromium (Blink) and Apple’s Safari (WebKit), and Mozilla’s Firefox.
Gregg Keizer found some statistics that claim Firefox marketshare continues to increase even as the company rolls out more privacy and security options. I once used Safari about 90-percent of the time, but Chrome is out and Firefox is in, so it’s about 50-50 now.
Apple talks the privacy talk but doesn’t walk the walk the same as Mozilla. Why not? Apple gets billions of dollars from Google to make the search engine giant the default search engine on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and since most users don’t know about other search engines and don’t know, understand, or appreciate how Google makes money by invading user privacy.
On the other hand, Mozilla gets paid by Google, too, but far less than Apple, despite Firefox’s growing marketshare.
According to web analytics vendor Net Applications, Firefox’s share rose by three-tenths of a percentage point in January, reaching 9.9%. The increase was the second consecutive month of user share growth and put Firefox back where it was last June.
Other than Firefox, Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari command over 90-percent of all browser usage– personal computers, tablets, or smartphones, with Google owning the lion’s share over Apple.
Microsoft was the last major holdout with Internet Explorer and Edge, and soon Edge will be in Google’s fold. Can we call it? Are the browser wars over again?
Apple and Safari will never have the same marketshare as Google and Chrome/Chromium, and that leaves Mozilla’s Firefox to hold up the banner for privacy and security. With a 10-percent usage marketshare, it appears that most browser users don’t care much about their privacy or their security.