What are the best browsers for Mac?

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    #1Opera

    Opera

    Opera is a web browser developed by Opera Software AS. Featuring a built-in ad blocker and VPN, this free browser is compatible with Linux, Mac, and Windows computers. Opera is also available as a USB portable browser.

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Roy Alvarez
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "I was looking for a browser that would not freeze up on highly, highly demanding sites and I finally found one here with this one. I feel like it is safer than Chrome and more performance friendly than Firefox. Overall, it is a good choice. I feel like it gets the job done just right. I can't really complain about this. It really does what it is intended to do. I can't go back to Chrome or Firefox anymore."
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    #2Safari

    Safari

    Safari is a fast and energy efficient web browser for macOS and iOS devices developed by Apple based on the WebKit engine. It has a built-in privacy feature and works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices.

    Software

    Mac, iOS

    Free

    Betty Butler
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "When it comes to browsers for my Macbook air, I still find the default Safari very reliable. Not only this lessens the hassle of me ever installing another software for my browsing needs, this browser is reliable and blocks most of the ads on the webpages which I do not wanna see. Good job Apple."
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    #3Mozilla Firefox

    Mozilla Firefox

    Mozilla Firefox is a web browser developed by Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corp. Compatible with Linux, macOS, Windows, Fire TV, and other operating systems, Firefox features private browsing, spell-checking, plugins, and so on.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Lawrence Alvarez
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "Since I started using the internet on a Windows XP computer, Mozilla Firefox had always been the browser for me. I tried other browsers too such as Google Chrome, Safari, and Brave Browser, but this just stood out the most. Until now that I have a MacBook, I am still ditching Safari over Mozilla Firefox."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the best modern browsers can protect you against phishing? The risk of getting exposed to attackers is high. Most especially if you are not aware that the sites you are visiting are malicious. In 2017, Wombat Security reports that 76% of organizations have experienced phishing attacks. The masking of malicious attachments as fake invoices is a popular form of phishing. This tactic tricks the users to open the phishing emails. Email is also considered the most used delivery vehicle for attackers. Another study shows that updated browsers feature Safe Browsing technology. It can alert you when the web page you visit is suspect of being malicious. This means that it is up to you if you still wish to visit the site after alerts of its possible risk.

Knowing this, what could be the optimal browsers to prevent malware and phishing? Google Chrome is a browser compatible with Mac that features Safe Browsing technology. This technology works by conducting a check on suspected phishing and malware sites. The list of malware sites is on your computer storage to protect your browsing privacy. Google will verify the match against the local list and the web page you are visiting. If there is a match, a red warning page will appear to inform you that the page is dangerous to browse. Another useful browser with built-in malware protection is Mozilla Firefox. This Mozilla Firefox feature can be set and is like that of Chrome's safe browsing technology.

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    #4Google Chrome

    Google Chrome

    Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google LLC. Initially released as a browser for Windows, this freeware application was later on release for iOS, macOS, Linux, and Android. This also includes extensions and plugins.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Nathan Bishop
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "What I like about Chrome are its very simplistic features. Not too complicated interface. Not too cluttered as clutter tends to distract me. I'm giving this 4 stars as a browser for my Mac."
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    #5Vivaldi

    Vivaldi

    Vivaldi is a free web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies for Windows PC, macOS, and Linux computers. It features tab management, custom keyboard shortcuts, and a secure private browsing.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Zachary Wood
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "As a starting developer, I find exploring Vivaldi a little bit exciting because this gives me a chance to build my own browser from here and allows me to customize how I want to browse the web. I think any newcomer will easily grasp Vivaldi. This is fun to use on a macOS."
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    #6Maxthon

    Maxthon

    Maxthon Browser is a free web browser released in 2005 for Windows, Mac, and more. It features built-in note-taking took, password manager, email addresses manager, ad blocker, night mode, multi-tab management, and so on.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Bryan Carpenter
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Maxthon provides a unique solution to those looking for a fast and reliable browser for Mac. One of its top features is the ability to save and view certain information and webpages while offline. It is an award winning browser, and is well-reviewed for its intuitive design and high-functionality."
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    #7Firefox Quantum

    Firefox Quantum

    Firefox Quantum is a free, lightweight, web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop computers. It is capable of loading pages up to 44% faster with its built-in ad and script blocker, and secure private browsing.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Edward Powell
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "Firefox Quantum is the newest web browser available with a mid November release date. It is considerably faster than both chrome and safari on my iMac. The layout is functional and easy to understand. This may be the best browser I have ever personally used and it runs perfectly on my Mac."
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    #8Tor Browser

    Tor Browser

    Tor Browser is a free multiplatform web browser developed with privacy in mind. It lets users browse the internet anonymously and privately, reducing the risk of personal data breaches and hacks. It is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Theresa Hart
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "This browser is slow. Someone showed it to me and said it would make browsing more private, but I think they're out of their mind or something. Anyway! I read up on it and it isn't what I need at all, as I don't partake in what it is meant for, and have since uninstalled it."
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    #9Brave Browser

    Brave Browser
    Brave Web Browser is a free web browser focused on ad blocking, security protection, data optimization and an enhanced battery experience for the user. It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android devices.
    Software

    Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    Henry Lynch
    Written on November 5, 2018
    "I used to get freezing screen loading issues with my Safari browser but when I try visiting these sites on Brave, they work pretty fine. Maybe has to do with how Brave is blocking the ads becauyse ads kinda slows down websites."

Summary

Best What are the best browsers for Mac
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1OperaSoftware 18 Free
2SafariSoftware 15 Free
3Mozilla FirefoxSoftware 11 Free
4Google ChromeSoftware 9 Free
5VivaldiSoftware 8 Free
6MaxthonSoftware 8 Free
7Firefox QuantumSoftware 6 Free
8Tor BrowserSoftware 0 Free
9Brave BrowserSoftware -1 Free
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