Top Web Browsers for Mac, Linux and Windows in 2020

Here is a list of top web browsers for Mac, Linux, and Windows you must try. These are the most popular web browsers around the world. When surfing the internet the web browser you use can make a huge difference.

For some people, faster performance might be the top priority while others may prefer a browser with better privacy tools or numerous customization options. No matter which side you fall.

Instead of putting these in order based on popularity, I will count them down based on which browsers we’ve enjoyed using the most. With ease-of-use features included and overall performance is the most important factor.

Let’s start our list from 5 to 1

Best Web Browsers for Mac, Linux, and Windows in 2020

5. Opera

It’s been around since 1995 and has always been on the cutting edge of innovation. Some of its features include built-in messengers, an ad blocker, and a so-called free VPN. I do not recommend using their VPN. Well, it may be unlimited.

It’s more of a proxy service than a real VPN only the upper browser traffic is encrypted and in my experience, the network speed is very slow. If you don’t want opera as your default browser be careful while installing.

Before selecting install click on options on the next screen and tick the box” make opera the default browser”.  After you’ve done that click on install. I can imagine people by-passing these steps because it’s not immediately obvious.

This is one of the reasons opera is lower on this list than in previous years. On its start page, you have speed dial to access your favorite websites. In the left sidebar, you can easily access Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp along other sidebar options.

You can change the themes of your choices like light or dark. You can select new wallpaper for the speed dial. If you scroll down you can quickly access other settings including the option to block ads and trackers.

Opera also has its extensions. To find them, click on the upper icon in the upper left to bring up the menu. Go down to extensions and select “get extensions”. Here you’ll have access to extensions from the opera add-ons store.

A cool extension for opera I recommend installing it’s called “Install Chrome extensions”. When you add into opera, you’ll have the ability to install extensions from the Chrome Web Store in Opera.

 

4. Brave

it is an open-source web browser that is based on chromium. It is great for those who value privacy and security as a top priority. They don’t store your browsing data on the servers.

They block ads and trackers from third parties and encrypt communications with most websites by offering HTTPS encryption whenever possible. When you launch brave it’ll show you the history of how many ads and trackers have been blocked, secure encryption upgrades, and the time saved by blocking ads and trackers.

On any website you can click the brave shield at the top it will show you how many items have been blocked on that site. If you’re on a website that’s not loading properly you can toggle the shield off and can also choose which features you’d like to enable as a site.

They’ve also introduced a rewards program called “Brave rewards” where users can earn tokens for viewing private ads. In turn after earning tokens users can pass along those tokens to the publishers they care about to support their websites. It’s in the early stages right now time will tell how well it works out.

 

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3. Google Chrome

let’s get the cons out of the way first. It’s known for being a resource hog that doesn’t play nicely on systems with limited RAM and some people don’t appreciate how Google uses their browsing data.

Now for the positive, Chrome offers a user-friendly layout with excellent cross-platform support. And if you like add-ons, chrome still boasts the largest selection of extensions of any web browser.

 

2. Firefox from Mozilla

it takes a slight lead over chrome because its open-source offers better privacy while offering most of the same features. Some of those features include cross-platform support, password-free logins, and blocks crypto mining on the sites you visit.

A very unique feature of Firefox is its excellent screenshot tool.

To take a screenshot, here at the top

  • Select the horizontal 3 dot icon then
  • Click on take a screenshot

You have the option in the upper right-hand corner to save the entire web page or the part that’s visible on your screen. If you want to select a region just left-click and drag your mouse then let go.
You’ll be given the choice to copy that region or download it to your computer.

 

1. Vivaldi

it is the absolute best web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux. As I have already mentioned this list is not based on popularity, it’s based on which browser we most enjoy using.

Vivaldi takes the top spot due to its perfect balance of both mainstream and unique features and numerous customization options. This browser has so many features.

It would take too much time to name them all. It also respects your privacy and security.

Vivaldi does not track you and does not share or sell your information to any third-party. One of the co-founders of Opera which I mentioned earlier in this post also co-founded Vivaldi. He left opera before its sale to a group of Chinese investors.

When you launch the Vivaldi you’ll see the familiar speed dial. You can find your bookmarks and downloads in the web panel on the left side.

There’s also a tab for taking notes and you can quickly access your favorite websites from here.

To add a website
  • Click the plus sign
  • Enter the name of the site
  • And hit enter on your keyboard or click the plus

Chromium extensions can also be added to this browser.

To add extensions
  • Go to the Vivaldi icon in the upper left corner
  • Go down to tools
  • And select extensions
  • Click the menu icon in the upper left
  • At the bottom of the pane select open Chrome Web Store

There’s also a decent screenshot tool included not being as good as the one with Firefox. Just double click the capture page icon at the bottom. You can choose to capture a full-page or select a region. You can choose to save as a PNG jpg or copy it to your clipboard.

To access the settings just go to the Settings icon near the bottom of the left pane. If you go to the themes there are several to choose from.

You can change theme integration on the start page and change the background color and background image. These are just a few of the changes you can make in Vivaldi.

I’ll leave the rest for you to discover on your own. Vivaldi has finally released an app on Google Play for Android and it’s now my default mobile browser.

Here are some other popular browsers you may try for Mac, Windows, and Linux

Safari is a competent no-frills browser with iCloud support for Apple platforms only newer releases are no longer supported

For Windows the tor browser is a modified version of Firefox that routes traffic through the Tor network it’s available for Windows Mac and Linux

Opera DX is a new browser specifically made for gamers from the folks over at opera it’s still in early access and available for Windows with support for Mac OS coming soon and the newly revamped

Microsoft edge based on chromium is in early development if you want to try it out it’s available for Windows and Mac.

So it was the list of some of the fastest and the most popular web browsers for Mac, Linux, and windows. If you liked this list then comment below to let us know your thought.

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