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To help you take the decision, here are some advantages and disadvantages that need to know.

Software structure

Chrome and Firefox have two different policy structures. Mozilla's Firefox is an open-source project with many contributors, while Chrome is closed-source and the documentation is not disclosed.

In fact, Google also has an open-source browser, called Chromium, instead of Chrome.

With the structure of such a policy, the potential of Firefox to overcome weaknesses or bugs is bigger.

Behind the screen, there are two different browser engines. Firefox uses the Gecko browser engine, while Chrome is based on Webkit.

WebKit is also deployed in Apple's Safari browser. This browser engine is more often found in mobile devices. In the future, most mobile devices likely will rule the world of browsing (via smartphones and tablets).

Firefox is available for many operating systems, including Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, Sun Solaris, Open BSD, and Free BSD. While Chrome is only available for Linux, Windows, and Mac. Other operating systems should use Chromium.


One important factor is the browser security. According to a study conducted by Accuvant, Chrome turned out to have a higher security level than Firefox and Internet Explorer. Chrome gets the highest score because it has a number of security measures that any other browser does not.

Although Firefox and Chrome are both implementing the technique of "sandboxing" to isolate malicious attacks, Chrome does it more often and for more processes. Chrome also offers a higher level of security for the plug-ins, and will automatically turn off the plug-ins if they are too old. If a plug-in that you use is considered to be too old, Chrome will turn it off without going to know you still need it or not.


The Chrome's unique feature is its different processing for each window and tab. If you open a new tab or window, Chrome will put the tab or window in their processing respectively. That is, if there is a slow site on a tab or window, it will not slow down the loading on the other tab or window. Similarly, if there is a tab crashed, it will not make the whole browser crashed.

Meanwhile, Firefox continues to manage tab and windows in a single entity (browser). One site crashed will affect the whole browser.

In term of security, the separation process by Chrome makes browsing more secured as a whole. Judging from the other side, Chrome absorbs more memories because ach tab or window will perform as a separate process or application that requires a separate system resources.


Considering the available browser extensions, Firefox has more options than Chrome. Firefox also has its own default extension. This will slow down the initial loading time, perhaps only a few seconds.

If you are looking for a browser with a faster initial loading time, Chrome is the choice. If you want more additional features options, Firefox is the answer. Currently, the number of Firefox extension options to handle security is more than Chrome.