What browser do you use on your Mac? On iPhone and iPad? If you answered Safari, you’re among the majority of Apple’s customers. For iPhone and iPad, Safari is the only browser option because even other browsers use the Safari engine and simply bolt their own features onto what Apple provides.
The Mac is different and choices abound. Again, the most popular browser for Mac users is Safari, but Chrome is a close runner up.
Why? And why should you use more than one browser? And why should you not use Google Chrome?
Most Mac users, as well as Windows PC users, do not understand the dangers that Google’s Chrome brings to their browser experience. Playful logo and technology expertise notwithstanding, Google is an advertising company and makes its money by, 1) selling ads, and, 2) selling data culled from users of the company’s free applications.
Chrome, Google Analytics, and advertising trackers combine to stalk your online presence; not only on websites, but also within applications that use Google’s tracking tools.
If you want to be tracked less, don’t use Chrome on a Mac.
What about alternatives?
Safari has more tracker blocker tools built in than Chrome so it is a safer choice. Yet, Apple makes Google the default search engine so you’re going to be tracked just by using Google to search. A safer bet to search is to use StartPage in place of Google or DuckDuckGo. You can use the StartPage website or a free Safari extension which makes StartPage the default search engine.
You get Google results without all the built-in trackers.
Why use a different browser than Safari? It depends upon your paranoia, privacy needs, and security issues. The two I recommend these days are the minimalist Brave and the more capable but still secure Firefox.
What you get with Brave is a minimalist approach to browsing on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but with anti-trackers and blockers built-in by default. Firefox is even faster and has more privacy and security options, plus it has access to the thousands of extensions.
I use three browsers. Safari, Brave for ultimate security and privacy, Firefox for speed and options.