Chrome, despite its market dominance, is slow, chews up RAM, battery, and CPU like nothing else, and sells your data to goodness-knows-who behind the scenes. Try something else! This is what we use at MedSchoolBeast to get the job done!
Best browser for ad blocking and privacy: Epic Browser. Never watch a YouTube ad again! Epic blocks all of them, and has great privacy features. It’s built on Chromium, so it has a familiar interface, modern features, and generally displays most sites well.
Best browser for earning back some cryptocurrency: Brave Browser. Former Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich has started this project, and gives you crypto back in the form of Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) to reward you for browsing. It does a great job blocking trackers and keeping sites speedy.
Best search engine: Unfortunately, it is hard to beat Google for complex searches requiring a good algorithm. However, they are a monopoly, and I like to give the little guys a chance. I like using
- Presearch to earn a little bit of their cryptocurrency every time. This is a cool crypto project that is in development. You get paid a bit every time you search. The coin has steadily gone up in value several times over the past few months. They are developing “keyword advertising” by letting someone stake their coins to advertise when a particular keyword is searched.
- Swagbucks to earn ~$0.06 a day on a random search (then I switch to Presearch).
- DuckDuckGo (a.k.a. Duck.com): an upstart challenger to Google! Results are getting better by the day.