Apple Adds Do-Not-Track Tool to New Browser – WSJ.com. Interesting. Now it is just Google that doesn’t have a built-in way to block advertising. Really puts them at odds with their business model. I wrote about Keep my Opt Outs here.
I have written about a security problem with Safari before and my problems with Firefox. Since I normally use Chrome I have been experiencing more weird behavior lately. Times where it will freeze on non flash pages and crashing. So I thought it was time that I tested Opera again. I haven’t used it for several years. It just seemed that its rendering problems in the past were too big to deal with.
So I downloaded it and using it now. I am very impressed. I immediately noticed how good the text looked. The speed is on the same level with Chrome, and it enforces policy even more strictly than Chrome does. For example I tried to log into StumbleUpon with Opera and Opera told me that its TLS was inconsistent and that it couldn’t establish a good secure connection. I had installed an extension called Redirect to HTTPS and it gave me this error, when a similar HTTPS force extension on Chrome did not warn me. Very good!
I am going to continue to use Opera for at least a week. If it is better I will probably make another post and let everyone know the equivalent extensions for safe, and ad-free targeting for the average joe. Have a great Friday everyone!
This is a concerning and surprising thing that Apple would do. I can understand they want the best performance but that risk is too big to take. I tried Firefox 4 yesterday and it was slow and buggy. So it seems Chrome would probably be the fastest and safest browser for the Mac at present. You can read more at this article including a link to a fix:
Six Mac Web Browsers: How Do They Stack Up? MacLife. Nice review and summary of why someone may use them. If you haven’t tried another browser you probably are being less efficient than you could be. It is amazing the features that some of the newer browsers offer.