Google Chrome Becomes World's Most-Used Web Browser, Kinda

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Zoandar

The main difference is that only FF uses a master password to protect your saved passwords from prying eyes if you share your PC,or it gets hacked. The others simply store them in easily viewable text. Google has openly stated it doesn't feel this feature is necessary (perhaps because including it would make harvesting the passwords harder to do).

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PC EliTiST

I strongly believe there are more Fx users that have installed an anti-privacy list ( on ABP ) than any other browser's users.

So, I'd like to know since I'm a Fx user which blocks stat-counter's scripts on websites, do they somehow count me in Fx's camp or am I a ghost-like? Just out of curiosity, I'm not willing to uninstall that list for any reason. Unless it's completely useless.

Or guys who use Ghostery on Fx... Yes, this works on Chrome likewise, but still I believe there are more Fx users with that on.

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Cregan89

You still have to send a 'user-agent' request header with any of your html requests. So unless you have an add-on which spoofs the 'user-agent' request (which is pretty much useless and is potentially damaging to the web) then stat-counter's can still get your browser type. Browser stats utilize many ways other than javascript in order to obtain stat data.

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SPreston2001

Trust and believe the people who have those list installed are a VERY small percentage in the whole grand scheme of things...

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TrollBot5000

I used to use chrome quite a bit and yes it's fast and minimalist which I like BUT as of somewhat late I've been becoming more and more paranoid about being tracked. I dunno maybe it's just me. I'm sure I'm just overreacting and being too paranoid but this is google were talking about. Psssst I hear they like to know stuff about everyone. So I'm sticking with FF with adblock plus, better privacy for flash lso cookies and ghostery for everything else. Feel free to convince me its safe to remove my tinfoil hat and use chrome.

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thetechchild

Chrome is not for privacy. Chromium and Chromium-based alternatives are cleaned of all Google tracking though.

They don't have enough information to convict you, anyways, if you're on the wrong side of the law. You're just a clump of numbers to be fed into their statistics, as far as Google is aware. Plus, it doesn't matter if they're tracking you if you're not doing anything too suspicious.

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TrollBot5000

Thanks for the info techchild. I wasn't aware that chromium was safer. That does make sense though. Man now I'm kicking myself for installing chrome and not chromium right from the package manager. Yeah I'm not up to anything suspicious I'm just concerned with my privacy. I guess the only "suspicious" thing I do is piratebay. Again thanks for clearing that up for me. bye bye firefox.

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Mortal_M

Just FYI, don't ever remove your thin foil hat, it's the last line of defense!!! :D

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TrollBot5000

google can get through my firewall but not the tin foil hat.

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randomgeek

I think this whole browser war is silly, use whatever works best for you. I personally like Chrome on Win 7, it's fast and I don't have any compatibility issues unlike IE9. Also Chrome is faster on my old XP PC's compared to IE8.

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JLloyd13

i use fire fox, i like it best.

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someuid

I've gotten to the point that I can do whatever I want with any web browser. They are close enough to each other that the ongoing argument of which one is best is getting old.

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SilverSurferNHS

I agree with you there, where I find disparity between them is the ease at which a plugin, program, addon or whatever can be implemented

Chrome - Simple, Easy
Firefox - Simple, Slightly Less Ease
Opera - Less Simple, Slightly Less Ease
IE9/10 - Not Simple, PITA

One username/ password, syncs absolutely everything one can think of with chrome

Doing this on FF is a little more complicated and annoying the way their sync thing works

Never sync'd on opera, but plugins arent that hard to implement

IE is so effing retarded - i hate that just about every plugin needs to have an installer or something to be installed and entered into the add/remove programs... and the ie plugins site is a bitch/ never updated + users that never come back to the code they've written for a plugin...

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wolfing

my company's numbers are quite different. For us, IE is still easily on top with 56%, then Firefox with 20%, then Chrome with 14% and the other 10% with flavors of Safari, Opera and others.

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reimermatt

Chrome ALL DAY

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0ly1r3m@1ns

take a look at this graph same people http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-ww-weekly-201121-201221-bar this little state counter they got is a little fishy if you ask me...

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MastaGuy

This might be a combination of both IE8 and IE9.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

No look at the FF and Chrome states between the two versions of the graphs, one says Chrome has taken the lead and left every one in the dust, the other one says Chrome and FF are duking it out as IE has its 50%.

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sundropdrinker3

If you also look at it closely, it's for the past year. Right under the graph it says "Period: W21 2011 to W21 2012". That's a year, which a bar graph cannot show well, while a line graph can.

Here's an update period for the past 2 weeks, which a bar graph can handle better. Bar graphs are not good for showing change over a long period of time:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-ww-weekly-201219-201220-bar

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ilfipian

Do they include Android browser as Chrome? That would up the use count a lot if they did.

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cmasupra

I think one of the reasons IE is getting smaller is because people who browse the web a lot are people who hear IE is bad. Those people then download a different browser and use that. They don't know why, they just use it.

I use all 3 browsers, and IE9 isn't bad. People just have to give it a chance, especially techies like us.

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Supall

I think IE9 is pretty good. Its a lot better and faster than its predecessors and its web development tools are pretty spiffy. I tend to use all IE9, FF, and Chrome to debug my sites at work.

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Baer

I agree, I went back to IE with IE9 and I am very happy with it. My second choice would be FF.

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Rift2

Junk lack of features I like Oprea myself but for my 64 bit machine I use IE9 because of the scaling zoom I can use.

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Teeebs

Might have something to do with the fact that Chrome auto-instals itself?

I've had it mysteriously appear on my computer several times, and I do NOT recall clicking yes to instal it during other software instals or anything. So I would take those "usage" numbers with a serious grain of salt....

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Baer

Don't use typical installs for updates on things like Acrobat Reader Etc and you will have the option to not install Chrome. I have had many clients tell me that they use Chrome and the Google tool bar, that they really do not know how they got it and ask how to get rid of it.

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Supall

Chrome auto-installs itself? Unless you're a furious clicker when it comes to software installs, that doesn't happen. Soz.

Besides, if you even read the article, you would have to be using Chrome in the first place to view pages to be on StatCounter.

However, since StatCounter relies on page views, it is probably more conceivable that Chrome users are far more active internet users than IE. This would explain the differentiation in ranks between StatCounter and Net Applications.

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Sty

I'm not too savvy about browsers in general, but I cannot really notice a big difference between them all. Yeah, I use Chromium, but I could use any really.

It's only a matter of time until they're all on the same level. What's the main difference between them all?

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Pruneface

Well, I'll admit, I definitely prefer Chrome over Firefox and IE. only now to let me use bookmarks in a regular tab, instead of only in a new tab.

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