The web browser sector is firmly dominated by Google Chrome. Who looks for alternatives usually throws for Firefox, while Microsoft wants to bury Internet Explore to bet everything for its increasingly mature Microsoft Edge. But in the end, these are still the usual browsers, so they are not so unknown alternatives either.
For that reason, today we are going to propose to you nine alternative navigators a little less known. We have everything from those who do not have many differences with respect to the three mentioned before to others much more focused on privacy. We also have some rarity as an exclusive browser for multimedia consumption or another that you can only use from the terminal of your operating system.
Vivaldi is the new navigator of Jon von Tetzchner, co-creator and former CEO of Opera. After abandoning his old project, seeing that Opera changed direction in his philosophy decided to recreate a new browser to recover it. Vivaldi is designed for advanced users who want to have absolute control over the appearance and characteristics of their browser.
It is based on Chromium, it gets better results than alternatives like Firefox in HTML5 tests, and you can configure it practically everything to adapt it to your needs , from its appearance to gestures and shortcuts. It is a project still small, but every few weeks launches a new version in which they try to include new features that no other browser has.
Opera, the eternal alternative
And by allusions we have Opera, which although it is true that he no longer has the philosophy of the times of von Tetzchner, is still a browser more than capable. It also comes with interesting features such as an integrated ad blocker, a battery saving feature and a free VPN.
For the rest, the browser is based on Chromium, which allows it to use its huge list of extensions. It also includes other interesting features such as visual markers, tabbed browsing and customizable shortcuts. It is not surprising that after so many years and despite significant changes in the way they work, they still have loyal users who use it as their only browser.
Yandex, showing the pages as applications
Although not as well known, possibly due to its Russian origin, Yandex Browser is another elegant multiplatform alternative with versions for Windows, MacOS, GNU / Linux, Android and iOS. Its main weapon is to show your pages as if they were applications for the PC, with a taskbar in which all the open ones appear at the bottom.
But although its appearance is noticeably different from other browsers, it includes the same functions as any other. It also uses Opera Speed Dial grids to access the most visited sites or the possibility, like a desktop, to change the background image when we open new tabs. It is also fast and stable when navigating.
Torch, designed for multimedia playback
Torch is based on Chromium, and is a browser designed especially for those who use the Internet basically to consume multimedia content listening to music or watching videos. For this its main attractions are some curious integrated applications, such as a Torch Music to play YouTube content.
The browser also includes a native option to download YouTube videos at the touch of a button, as well as a native video player and an integrated torrent client. Beyond these options, Torch seeks simplicity by tracing the Chromium interface so that everyone feels at home when using it.
Epic privacy browser, privacy above all
Lovers of privacy also have alternatives to surf the web, ignoring all the elements that can track them, and Epic privacy browser is an example of this. It is based on Chromium, it deletes cookies and trackers after each session, and all the searches that you carry out in it are made through a proxy of its developers so that your IP can not be connected to the searches you perform.
It also prioritizes SSL connections whenever possible, something useful when you connect to open WiFis, does not collect data about its users and includes a native ad blocker . If you want even more secure connections you also have a button to connect to a proxy and surf safely … although more slowly.
Midori, fast, lightweight and open source
Open-source lovers also have interesting alternatives like Midori. It is the browser that we have already seen by default in GNU / Linux distros as elementary OS, and presents a simple and minimalist interface. Its main feature is that it is a fast and light browser, which makes it good candidates for teams with humble hardware.
Like any other browser Midori has support for HTML5, bookmarks, RSS, spell checker and private browsing options. It comes with the DuckDuckGo search engine by default, although you can change it whenever you want, and several extra options such as tabbed browsing, the ability to change privacy settings or the home screen. The browser is available for both GNU / Linux and Windows.
Lynx, navigating from the terminal
On more than one occasion Richard Stallman has ensured that he does not use a browser, and that he navigates from the terminal of his operating system. Well, if you want to experience what it feels like to navigate that way you also have “browsers” designed for it, and Lynx is one of them for Windows and GNU / Linux users.
Lynx differs from other browsers of its style because it is easy to understand and you need little commands to move on the Internet. Of course, you must know that if you browse with it, you will only access the text, since you will not be able to reproduce images or videos or any other multimedia content. At least you have assured the lightness and speed of navigation.
Comodo Dragon / Ice Dragon, double private browsing
Not conforming to a single browser, the security company Comodo has made two, one based on Chromium (Dragon) and another based on Firefox (Ice Dragon). So, so there are no fights, and so you can navigate safely regardless of which of the two browsers you are used to using in your day to day.
Aesthetically, each one looks like the browser on which they are based, but the difference is inside. There, both browsers use the Comodo DNS servers or scan if the websites are secure. They run in a virtual container of their own, which means that the browser has no contact with the rest of your computer, so it can not download and install harmful software.
Tor Browser, not only for Dark Web
Tor Browser is a well-known browser that we surf from time to time through the Dark Web, but it can also act as a conventional browser and be used in the Clearnet. Of course, in these cases we have to take into account that privacy prevails over security, which does not include anti-malware or plugin blockers.
Tor Broser is a browser designed to anonymize our Internet journey, although to maintain this anonymity from Tor we recommend not install any plugin or browse pages that do not use HTTPS. For the rest, it has versions for GNU / Linux, MacOS and Windows, and even allows you to install it on a USB to always take it with us.
And these are our nine proposals. Even so, we are convinced that many of you may know or be using other browsers that we have not mentioned. That’s why I invite you to tell us which in the comments to increase the number of possibilities even more.