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Navigate the Web with These Top Mac Browsers

Pick the best Mac browser for quick access to the web.

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Throw your lot in with one of the industry heavyweights or back the scrappy outsider. Apple, Google, and Mozilla each offer state-of-the-art web browsers that give you quick access to the Internet.more

Throw your lot in with one of the industry heavyweights or back the scrappy outsider. Apple, Google, and Mozilla each offer state-of-the-art web browsers that give you quick access to the Internet.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are browser extensions and add-ons?
Through extensions or add-ons, you can enhance and customize what your browser does to make your browsing life easier and more productive. Extensions do everything, from checking your grammar to monitoring prices on retail sites. Safari, Chrome, and Firefox each run its own extensions clearinghouse to browse what's available.
What about browser security and privacy?
Chrome, Safari, and Firefox let you turn on private browsing -- also called incognito mode -- to browse the Internet without the browser saving information from the sites you visit. The mode is good if you want to keep your history private on a shared computer. But your work or ISP can still track where you browsed. For a bit more privacy, try the Tor browser, which encrypts your browsing traffic and works to keep you anonymous. Another approach is using a VPN, which encrypts your data and allows you to evade geo-blocking. You can also add extensions that detect and block trackers.
What about browser speed?
Browsers, for years, have tried to compete on speed, vying for the title of the world's fastest desktop browser. At any one time, one browser may perform better than others on the benchmark tests, but the tests may not accurately reflect real-world use, and your experience may vary from the results. You'll probably be happier picking a browser that works the way you do, instead of basing your choice on speed tests.

Best Mac Browsers

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

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Firefox fills an interesting spot on the list of Mac browsers. It's the spunky open source browser not controlled by industry heavyweights, promising to protect your privacy. And it comes with a broad collection of extensions and is highly customizable. But its features overlap quite a bit with Chrome and Safari -- you can sync your settings across Firefox on different platforms, for example, just like you can with Chrome and Safari. And Mozilla is constantly working to speed up Firefox. If you want to steer clear of Apple and Google, then Firefox is the way to go.

Apple Safari

Apple Safari

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For Mac-focused users, it is hard to do better than Safari, with its Apple-centered approach to Web browsing. You sync passwords, bookmarks, history, and tabs across devices through iCloud. Tap the Apple Pay button on a commerce site to make a purchase. And you can hand off webpages between Mac and iOS devices. It's only available on Apple devices, so if you have a Windows or Android device in your life, you'll need to consider mixing and matching browsers.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

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If you live in Google's world, check out Chrome. You can use Google's browser across your desktop and mobile devices, syncing bookmarks, passwords, and apps. Chrome comes with a rich collection of Google and third-party extensions for making your browsing experience easier. It also has an incognito mode that won't save browsing history, cookies, and information entered in forms. (Websites, your work or school, and your ISP, however, may still be able to track you.) Google updates Chrome constantly but it can feel a bit of a resource hog.