Firefox vs Chrome: Which is better in 2022?

Vishnu

Debating on what browser to use as your daily driver? Here, we compare Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox in detail to help you make a decision.

The number of people who browse the web has grown exponentially in the last couple of years. And browsing is something that we all do and rely on – every single day.

We use the internet for almost everything – from ordering food to planning parties to work needs. And we rely on Browers for that. Browsing experience is imperative for all users.

That is why, in this guide, we have decided to compare the top 2 most user internet browsers in the world – to help you make a choice.

According to Mozilla, Firefox has a 10% market share while Google Chrome has a whopping 65% market share. It’s like it’s not even a competition – at least not a close one! So, does Chrome get a lot of things right? How good is Firefox when compared to Chrome? What makes Firefox a better option than Chrome? Or What makes Chrome the better of the two options?

I have tried to answer all this in this article. Dive in!

User Interface

They both have a similar design, both simple, clean, and tidy. Both browsers let you easily manage tabs, bookmarks, and search things online.

Chrome UI
Typical Chrome UI
Firefox UI
Typical Firefox UI

Chrome minimizes tabs when you continue to open them rather than providing a scrolling feature for multiple tabs, preferring to shrink them down so just the favicon is visible.

Chrome also has a context menu feature that allows users to do an image search by right-clicking on an image.

Firefox’s interface is also clean and intuitive, and it includes horizontal scrolling for tabs. This feature which when you zoom out the screen of a web page, you can navigate the full page by dragging the horizontal scrolling bar and also allows scrolling on all your open tabs, rather than shrinking them smaller and smaller with each new one. Users are also able to pin tabs, mute them or send them to other devices.

FeatureChromeFirefox
Themes
Customization
Clean UI
Tabbed browsing

Another plus for Firefox’s user interface is the customization of UI elements to suit your preferences. Users are able to choose which extra tools and UI elements to add and where to place them on the interface.

Winner: Tie

Features and Options

Chrome has built-in malware and phishing detection, thanks to sandboxing and safe browsing technology, and auto-updates that bring security fixes.

Firefox too has some features that Chrome does not, including text to speech, an in-browser screenshot tool, and auto play blocking.

Chrome has a much greater library of third-party plugins available due to the overwhelming popularity of the browser. Chrome also nicely integrates with other Google features that are available through its suite of office tools, not excluding Google Docs and Gmail.  Consequently, Firefox users might experience some problems loading some websites, although these would be rare situations.

Firefox Quantum has “Private Mode”, Chrome has something called an “Incognito mode”.

Chrome has the Chromecast feature that enables users to project video content from the browser to a separate screen.

TypeChromeFirefox
Reader mode
Tabbed browsing
Webkit rendering engine
Bookmarks manager
Guest Mode
Auto-fill forms
Extensions/Add-ons
In-browser screenshot tool
Spell checking
Block autoplay
Search engine preferences
Text to speech

Google Chrome’s Omnibox address bar gives suggestions for searches, shows the top favorite pages, and related web pages according to search history.

Winner: Tie

Speed and Performance

Firefox is faster on Android, while Chrome is faster on desktops. Chrome is generally considered the faster of the two browsers, but it has issues of slowdown due to excessive memory usage when many tabs are open simultaneously.

The memory usage of Chrome is a well-known issue, but it offers a lite mode for devices that need to conserve hardware resources. Firefox is also known to be efficient for users who tend to have a lot of browser tabs open at once, using less RAM memory under these demanding circumstances, improving load management.

Firefox also allows users to disable images, which can be very beneficial for mobile users who have limited data plans.

Chrome uses Webkit engine which is a much better and faster rendering engine than Gecko, which is used by Firefox. In my personal experience, Chrome seems to be a little bit more responsive and faster.

Winner: Google Chrome

Privacy and Security

Both have tools that indicate users when they visit sites containing viruses, malware, and other threats, plus also prevent users from phishing attacks.

Chrome’s warning when connecting to a website that is not SSL-encrypted is easy to notice due to the Google Safe Browsing feature that blocks malicious websites. Chrome also has a built-in feature that requires system credentials to access passwords.

Chrome Privacy Settings
Chrome Privacy Settings

Firefox does include a pop-up blocker, and it uses a safe browsing database to catch malicious websites before users connect. The frequent updates that are automatically installed help to keep the browser secure.

Firefox Privacy Settings
Firefox Privacy Settings

The open-source nature of the browser also enables public scrutiny to verify the privacy of the browser. Mozilla clearly states that it does not sell user data to third parties. Firefox has several built-in privacy features that allow users to block cookies, trackers, finger printers, and cryptocurrency miners.

The latest version of Firefox includes a feature called Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) which is turned on by default for all users worldwide. ETP blocks over 2,000 trackers, including social trackers from companies like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. It also has an integrated feature called Firefox Monitor that automatically notifies you if your password has been breached or needs to be updated. In addition to these protections, the Private Browsing mode in Firefox automatically deletes your browsing information such as history and cookies, leaving no trace after you finish your session.

Chrome and Firefox have rigorous security in place. Both include a thing called “sandboxing” which separates the processes of the browser, so something like a harmful website doesn’t infect other parts of your laptop or other devices.

Firefox though has the added security of a primary password that keeps all the saved logins and passwords under an additional set of locks and keys.

FeatureChromeFirefox
Private browsing mode
Block social trackers
Block Cryptomining scripts
Block 3rd party tracking cookies by default

Winner: Mozilla Firefox

Extensions

Chrome and Firefox both have options to add extensions and other add-ons to make your browsing experience more interactive and functional, which you can download from both the Chrome and Firefox app stores.

Firefox Addons
Firefox Addons

Both Firefox and Chrome have tons of free extensions available for download. Although, personally, I feel Chrome has better extensions than Firefox.

Chrome Extensions
Chrome Extensions

Winner: Tie

Verdict

I would say, it all boils down to what you expect from your browser and personal preferences.

CategoryWinner
User ExperienceTie
Features and OptionsTie
Speed and PerformanceGoogle Chrome
Privacy and SecurityMozilla Firefox
ExtensionsTie

Firefox’s ultimate selling point is privacy. If you are someone who puts privacy above everything else – then you might like Firefox.

On the other hand, if you like fast browsing experience, ease of useChrome is the way to go. While it might seem like Chrome is not a ‘Privacy focused’ browser – I don’t think that is the case. You have choices. Sure, you need to tweak a couple of extra settings or install a few extensions to get the job done, but Chrome is great for Privacy too if you do all that.

Firefox: If you hate Google ecosystem (or Google in general) and if privacy comes before everything else.
Chrome: If you want a fast, clean, easy to use browser. With a few extra clicks and extensions, even Chrome is great for privacy.
Personal choice: I use and love Google Chrome (on my Mac, iPhone, iPad, and OnePlus 7).

FAQ

Is Firefox faster than Chrome?

No, Chrome is faster. Chrome uses Webkit redering engine which works much faster and is much better than Gecko rendering engine used in Firefox.

Is Firefox better than Chrome?

It all boils down to personal choice. If you are big on privacy, go for Firefox. And for everything else – speed, features, ease of use – go for Chrome.

Is Firefox safer than Chrome?

Firefox is slightly safer than Chrome, out of the box. Firefox has a bunch of built-in options for Privacy such as blocking crypto mining scripts and 3rd Party trackers. You can achieve the same in Chrome with a couple of extensions.

Is Firefox safer to use?

Yes. 100%. It is open source and is built by Mozilla.

Which country is Firefox from?

Mozilla Firefox is a free open-source Web browser created by Mozilla Corporation, an American software company.

Is Firefox owned by Google?

No. Firefox is completely open-source browser made by Mozilla.

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