We only ask a few things of our browsers: They need to be stable, secure, and as speedy as possible — plus add-ons are always a good option to have. If you’re working on a Mac, you may be wondering just what browser is the safest, speediest, or most customizable. There are quite a few to pick from, but good news! We’ve done the research and are ready to make several top recommendations.
Apple has done an incredible job optimizing Safari for today’s internet needs and Mac machines: The result is a browser that’s usually the best option for getting things done on MacOS. It has cross-site tracking and some built-in ad targeting prevention for privacy. Add Apple’s notoriously locked-down system, and you have a browser that’s secure and reliable (HTTPS certificates for sites on Safari must be renewed every year, for example). It’s also speedy, with the 2021 Jetstream 2 browser benchmark giving it a score of 136, higher than other popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox.
For Apple fans, Safari also offers amazing integration. At a moment’s notice you can search for a title on the app store, or hand off your browser session to another device like your iPad or MacBook. Integration with iCloud also allows you to use Safari’s password-management services if you prefer to avoid third-party apps. All in all, Safari offers excellent performance, is available on your Mac right out of the box, and has a growing number of extensions that allow you to expand its capabilities.
Chrome has made a name for itself with its minimalistic interface and rich collection of extensions for adding tools or apps directly to the browser — nearly 190,000 of them. The browser also can aid you in translating webpages, double-check your security, and has robust settings that allow you to toggle nearly everything on or off as you desire. While not quite as speedy as Safari, our Jetstream 2 tests gave it a score of 130, which still is very respectable.
Chrome also excels at multitasking, and it’s one of the friendliest browsers for managing multiple windows and long strings of tabs in intuitive ways, so it remains a strong…