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Four Useful Alternative Browsers Based On Google Chrome

Chrome is the most popular browser around, but even with its large extension library, one size does not fit all. Thankfully, there’s a treasure trove of web browser brilliance built on Chrome’s solid, open-source foundation — from browsers aimed at the security conscious to the multimedia hobbyists. Here are four Chrome-based alternatives worth checking out.


Now Browser Is A Lightweight Browser For Android With Flash Support

Android: If you still need Flash support on your phone, Now Browser is a speedy web browser for Android that offers it. It features a clean design that’s at home in KitKat and gesture support. It’s not as feature-packed as other browsers, but it’s fast, lightweight and gets the job done.


CloudyTabs Pulls Up Your iCloud Bookmarks Right In Your Menubar

Mac: If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, you know how nice it is that iCloud manages to sync all your Safari tabs across computers. Unfortunately, that’s not really useful if you don’t use Safari on your Mac. CloudyTabs is an app that sits in your menubar and shows you all your open tabs on different devices. Click on one, and it opens in your default browser on your Mac.


Ask LH: What Is Tor, And Should I Use It?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve been hearing a lot about Tor these days, but I’m not entirely sure what it does or why I’d ever use it. What exactly does Tor do?


Opera Max Leaves Beta, Compresses Data Over Mobile Connections

Android: Stingy data allowances can make browsing on your smartphone stressful. Fresh-out-of-beta Opera Max can compress data on the server side so you use less of your data, and will work with most apps that don’t use encrypted data.


Ask LH: Which Browser Is Better For Privacy?

Dear Lifehacker, With Firefox introducing ads and Chrome extensions spying on me, is there really one browser that’s better than the others when it comes to privacy? Does it matter if I use something like Opera or Safari instead? Is my browser watching what I’m doing and reporting back?


Use Your Browser's Startup Settings To Help Form Habits

Forming habits is all about repetition. If that plan involves a computer — whether that’s writing daily or logging your workouts — writer Aytekin Tank suggests automatically loading the sites that help you form those habits every time you start your browser.


Puffin Web Browser Brings Flash To Mobile Phones

Android/iOS: Flash on your mobile phone isn’t nearly as necessary as it once was. But if you find yourself wishing you had it now and again, Puffin is a web browser that not only brings you Flash, but also an incredibly speedy browser experience overall.


Light Is A Stripped-Down Firefox Build Made For Performance

Windows: Firefox is still a fantastic web browser, but it has gained a little bloat over the years. Light aims to alleviate this by stripping many components from the browser for a lightweight application.


Enable Autocorrect On Your Desktop With Chrome

Chrome: We’ve become so used to our phones fixing our spelling mistakes for us, but our computers still just lazily sit there, nagging us with a red line. If you prefer the new world, Chrome can help you out with a simple flag.