Safari vs Firefox

mattdocs12345

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Im about to switch from Windows to Mac. And a question popped up, I read a couple of post about Safari behaving much better on Yosemite.
Does Safari support basic extensions such as:
- adblock plus
- ghostery
- last pass
Which one is faster?
Which one is more patched up and secure?

Never used Safari, except for iphone so Im new to this.
 

Cisco_Kid

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Im about to switch from Windows to Mac. And a question popped up, I read a couple of post about Safari behaving much better on Yosemite.
Does Safari support basic extensions such as:
- adblock plus
- ghostery
- last pass
Which one is faster?
Which one is more patched up and secure?

Never used Safari, except for iphone so Im new to this.
Safari seems to work as it should, I have Adblock, Ghostery and Click2Flash installed, it does support extensions, they work great.

As for security, I think it's a tossup myself, I prefer Safari because of it's integration into OS X Yosemite and with iOS now.

I do use Firefox for a couple corporate applications that my company has not written plugins yet for Safari, when they come along, I might not use Firefox again.
 

Xeridionix

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Jan 6, 2015
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I've had no issues with Safari on Yosemite, it works great. There are a decent selection of extensions available for it as well. I do also have Firefox installed with a few extensions for times when sites refuse to render correctly in Safari, it's a good combination. :)
 

Jack Parker

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I have AdBlock Plus (with the box UNchecked for allowing certain ads), WOT, and Ghostery. Love them.
 

hank moody

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i use Safari with:
AdBlock
Ghostery
1Password


One question: what's the difference between AdBlock and AdBlock Plus extensions? Safari have both.
 

Cinder6

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I've been using µBlock for the past few days. It blocks the same stuff as ABP and uses the same filters, but does so faster and with less memory overhead. Recommended.
 

Michaelgtrusa

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question: is Ghostery necessary if you use Adblock's privacy filters?
You can use Ghostery without using ABP as I do. It should block most thing you don't want to see, however in safari I discovered that Ghostery didn't block ads on youtube and I believe that at least one other person here mentioned that issue. In that case you may need to use both.

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I've been using µBlock for the past few days. It blocks the same stuff as ABP and uses the same filters, but does so faster and with less memory overhead. Recommended.
I'll test Ublock in chrome, thanks for the heads up.
 

steve23094

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You can use Ghostery without using ABP as I do. It should block most thing you don't want to see, however in safari I discovered that Ghostery didn't block ads on youtube and I believe that at least one other person here mentioned that issue. In that case you may need to use both.


Adblock has been broken for over a year now with not being able to block YouTube ads. The publishers said they are aware of the issue and are working on a fix but like I say that was over a year ago. I just did a quick check of their Twitter feed and they are not saying it has been fixed yet, but please point me in the right direction if they confirm it's sorted.

To get around this problem I also use ClickToPlugin which has a number of other benefits besides YouTube ad blocking. It can also default your video resolution to high and stops those annoying video playing ads that crop up from time to time (missed by Adblock).
 

Michaelgtrusa

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Adblock has been broken for over a year now with not being able to block YouTube ads. The publishers said they are aware of the issue and are working on a fix but like I say that was over a year ago. I just did a quick check of their Twitter feed and they are not saying it has been fixed yet, but please point me in the right direction if they confirm it's sorted.

To get around this problem I also use ClickToPlugin which has a number of other benefits besides YouTube ad blocking. It can also default your video resolution to high and stops those annoying video playing ads that crop up from time to time (missed by Adblock).
ClickToPlugin is very good at what it does, but I don't have flash installed. I wasn't aware of the ABP update delay
 

Eithanius

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Safari is faster, but it has the knack of slowing other things down, especially when watching videos on VLC, loading heavy webpages can caused dropped frame rates on VLC running in the background. So that's where Firefox comes in when I'm watching videos...
 

Traverse

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I prefer Safari.

They've incorporated many "common sense" features that I love including Reading List (used every day since Safari 5.1) and Reader. I prefer Safari's UI (pre-Yosemite) and I like it's tab handling of an overflow menu vs squising the tabs. The guesture support and integration with other default apps is superb.

Safari 7.1 isn't quite as fast as Chrome, but Safari 8 on Yosemite is quite fast.

I use 7.1 on Mavericks.
 

5aga

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took me a while but I've come around to Safari.

I was so used to Firefox so its still second with certain things.

Chrome when I need to run flash - can't believe we still have to deal with it lol
 

anp27

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I've only ever used Safari. Safari 8 on Yosemite 10.10.2 is FAST. Ad Block seems to be working for me when watching YouTube.
 
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