Geek squad- Tell me something.....should I be using CHROME instead of FIREFOX for my browser?

  • silverfox

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    Jun 27, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    I am a total google guy- calendar, gmail, tasks, reader, voice blah blah blah...but I just have not been able to wrap my guns around CHROME. Not sure why.

    I have a mac and android phone. Is there any compelling reason why I should make the switch? Anything particularly useful I might be missing out on?

    Firefox is asking me to update to 5.0 and the google toolbar is not going to be compatible (apparently) so now might be the time to make the jump.


    Thoughts?
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    Jun 27, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    Ah use whatever you like.

    I upgraded and I use the Googlebar Lite addon, and it works fine with 5.0.
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    Jun 27, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    I use Chrome sometimes, but most of the time still use Firefox. I actually do like Chrome very much, but I think my hesitation in making Chrome my regular browser is that I already have all my passwords managed in Firefox and have my add ons there and am just too lazy to go and start over with all that in Chrome.
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    Jun 27, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    I think Chrome on the Mac is very fast, but feels very un-mac-like. I prefer Firefox.
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    Jun 27, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    I used Chrome for several months after it first came out but got fed up with the crashes. If I didn't like several of my Firefox plugins so much, I'd probably try it again.
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    Jun 27, 2011 8:54 PM GMT
    Does Chrome still track people?
  • silverfox

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    Jun 27, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    spiffy saidDoes Chrome still track people?



    Don't they all? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 27, 2011 10:48 PM GMT
    I used to be a die-hard Firefox user, but have been using "Opera" for over a year now. It's by far the best browser I've ever used. I like the speed and the ability to "paste and go" and all the right click menu options, and the magic wand,
    and the notes bar, and etc.icon_smile.gif
  • Springer70

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    Jun 27, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    I use both Firefox and Chrome, but lately have been using Chrome more, because most of my junk is also google (mail, calendar, docs, etc), and I have an Android phone, and the "Chrome to Android" extension is a great party trick :

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/oadboiipflhobonjjffjbfekfjcgkhco

    OK, not a party trick, really... but a great extension. One click and a site, map, or block of text is sent to your phone. Great for planning a route on your laptop, and beaming it to your phone.

    Both Firefox and Chrome are fine. But as mentioned, I'm leaning towards Chrome these days.
  • silverfox

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    Jun 28, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    Thanks Springer.....that android addon might be the tip to the Chrome side.... However.....

    The best thing about firefox (and I remembered this quickly as I have been playing around with Chrome)....is the "ad block" extension I use on Firefox. For example...I never see an ad here on Realjock, facebook etc. That is the absolute best extension and I can only hope there is something similar on Chrome icon_exclaim.gificon_question.gif
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    Jun 28, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    Philip_ saidI used to be a die-hard Firefox user, but have been using "Opera" for over a year now. It's by far the best browser I've ever used. I like the speed and the ability to "paste and go" and all the right click menu options, and the magic wand,
    and the notes bar, and etc.icon_smile.gif


    yep, ive switched to opera and never gone back.
  • silverfox

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    Jun 28, 2011 11:12 AM GMT
    silverfox1 saidThanks Springer.....that android addon might be the tip to the Chrome side.... However.....

    The best thing about firefox (and I remembered this quickly as I have been playing around with Chrome)....is the "ad block" extension I use on Firefox. For example...I never see an ad here on Realjock, facebook etc. That is the absolute best extension and I can only hope there is something similar on Chrome icon_exclaim.gificon_question.gif



    EDIT....

    Well that was easy. Downloaded ADBLOCK from the Chrome Add on store (free) and so far I have to say chrome is lightning fast. That plus "Chrome to Phone" plus....."Angry Birds" on my pc via chrome....I don't think I will ever go back to Firefox again. icon_smile.gif

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    Jun 28, 2011 11:15 AM GMT
    try it for a week, you'll never go back
  • Buddha

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    Jun 28, 2011 11:27 AM GMT
    :O Opera is free now? Nice... but just to check, Opera used to cost money didn't it?
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    Jun 28, 2011 11:28 AM GMT
    Take it from a web developer: Chrome and Firefox are both pretty secure, and so are IE 8 and 9. The way you use them is important though:

    Always look for "https://", also known as HTTP Secure, in the address line when you log in. Facebook and Gmail both let you do your normal, everyday use in secure mode as well.

    NEVER click links in e-mail messages: if your bank sends you an e-mail, always go directly to your bank's website. And no reputable company will ever ask for your personal information through an e-mail.

    If you have an older machine, use that for looking at porn sites instead of the one you do your banking on.

    As an added precaution, never check your bank account or enter information like your social security number using a public Wi-Fi spot like you'd find at Starbucks. Your connection may be secure, but the meatware around you (people with prying eyes) can still see your stuff.

    Nothing totally groundbreaking, but it's 7am
  • silverfox

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    Jun 28, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    btown_powerlifter88 saidTake it from a web developer: Chrome and Firefox are both pretty secure, and so are IE 8 and 9. The way you use them is important though:

    .......but the meatware around you (people with prying eyes) can still see your stuff.

    Nothing totally groundbreaking, but it's 7am



    Note from the Op: Hey it is 12 noon here and I find that one "meatware" statement scary...and hot at the same time! icon_smile.gif


    Seriously btown thank you for the great tips.
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    Jun 28, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    Yes it is faster and has all the good extensions!

    BONUS: If you have an Android phone, you can text back and forth directly from the browser. It is awesome. Typing on a keyboard is way easier than typing on a phone. It just works. It is called MightyText.

    http://mightytext.net/
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    Jun 28, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    The last few versions of Firefox have gotten really fat and resource intensive.
  • buckled

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    Jun 28, 2011 4:23 PM GMT
    Chrome... it's google... 'nuff said.


  • rf_dal

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    Jun 28, 2011 4:23 PM GMT
    endo saidThe last few versions of Firefox have gotten really fat and resource intensive.


    This. It used to be so awesome, now it's a hog icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 28, 2011 6:51 PM GMT
    I got used to using Chrome because for some reason that IT can't fathom, the use of Firefox does something bad to my network user profile. (This at work, obviously.) Chrome is fine - my only requirement was that it have the AdBlock extension, which it does.
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    Jun 28, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    Another developer here. For personal browsing of sites I don't wish to remain anonymous on, I use Chrome (well, Rockmelt, but it's a project built on Chrome). For development purposes, I use Firefox.

    I really only use Firefox for the Firebug extension and Tor, and I use IE for testing sites / functionality across browsers. If it weren't for these functions, I'd use Rockmelt / Chrome exclusively.

    You can get AdBlock Plus for Chrome as well, along with all the other extensions that I'm sure Firefox has equal alternatives for. I just like a few of the things that Chrome comes with, such as only having to type the first letter or two of a common URL and having it auto-complete, without having to select from a drop-down list for what I'm after. To get to realjock, I only have to type "re" in the URL bar and hit 'enter.' For reddit, it's "red." Facebook is "f."

    It's the little things... icon_smile.gif

    Either way though, it comes down to preference.
  • silverfox

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    Jun 28, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    Trocks797 saidYes it is faster and has all the good extensions!

    BONUS: If you have an Android phone, you can text back and forth directly from the browser. It is awesome. Typing on a keyboard is way easier than typing on a phone. It just works. It is called MightyText.

    http://mightytext.net/



    Thanks I am loving all the tips here. I have been playing with Chrome all day and yes....I am going to switch over completely. This is great Trocks regarding "mightytext" although those of us with GOOGLE VOICE have been doing this already icon_smile.gif However, I have my "voice" number and my regular number....so I am going to use "mightytext' for that. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 28, 2011 11:25 PM GMT
    charlitos saidtry it for a week, you'll never go back


    Ok, you got me, Im going for it
  • silverfox

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    Jun 29, 2011 6:13 PM GMT
    One issue I seem to be having in chrome is syncing my bookmarks between 2 computers? Am I missing something? I can't get any of my bookmarks from one computer to the other....though I have set up to sync on both and says that is synced.