Top Five Browsers, plus one

I like to compartmentalize my work. I like to open something–a box, a notebook, whatever–and have all the tools I need handy, without distractions from other projects. It’s one of the ways I maintain focus.

So, a little over a year ago, I realized that I needed to compartmentalize my Internet-related work, too. I needed to log into one set of accounts for a project and do all that work. In some cases, I couldn’t be logged in to multiple accounts at a time, so I figured I’d get a new browser for each main task.

I did a little research and, thanks largely to Twitter, found some new browsers.  It took about three months to find/test browsers for my needs, but once settled, I’ve never looked back. The bonus is that, at my home computer, I can set it to remember all the passwords, so small tasks are quick and efficient instead of burning my time with a lot of logging in.

These are my five six favorites for the Macintosh OS.

Opera For all my training, editing, and writing work, I use Opera. I find this browser to be wonderfully stable. I like being able to navigate dialog boxes with the keyboard (one of the only things I miss about using a PC instead of a Mac). The shortcuts are extensively customizable, making this browser good for advanced users. It’s a fairly lightweight program, too, which I’m sure it part of the reason it’s so fast.

Chrome and all of its connected accounts, I access through Google Chrome. Chrome is a heavier program but it is stable and comes with lots of options.


I maintain the web and social media presence for the Austin Alumni Chapter for the University of Miami. When I open sunrise, all the tabs are for our site and accounts. This broswer is the lightest weight, making it perfect for netbooks and maybe even tablets.


For another group I volunteer with, I use OmniWeb. It’s not quite as fast as some of the other browsers, but it is reliable. I’ve also used Apple’s Safari for this purpose with good success.


This is my “catch all”. It’s where I receive most of my email and handle all personal tasks. Firefox stays running all day while the other browsers come and go as I meander through tasks. Firefox is stable and it’s popularity ensures many features and add-ons. It can get “heavy” with too many, though, so my advice is to pick a few favorites and dump any add-ons you don’t use on a very regular basis.

If your browser isn’t quite serving your needs, maybe one of these is a better fit for your content and work style.