Mozilla vs Opera
By Red Squirrel
One of the main things that most will agree about that makes Mozilla better is that it has no ads. With Opera, they could basically track down your browsing habits through the ads if they really wanted to. All they really need to do is serve the ads through a php script on their server. But this is only a "could" issue, but last I heard, they don't do that. But just the fact of having an adware program that you use every day can become a security risk. There has even been rumors that Opera has spyware in it's ad system, while they are rumors, nothing stops them from secretly putting some in at some point.
Mozilla is free, while Opera costs money. Well you can get it for free but it has ads which clutter the layout, while the cost version has no ads. For software that is used often, and that should be updated at some point or another, it's always more reassuring to know that it's a 100% freeware. Mozilla is, so you don't have to worry about having to pay again to update, or storing serial numbers etc… You just go to the site, and download!
Mozilla also gives you more choice. You can go with the whole Mozilla suite and install the browser, mail client and other features, or you can go with the trimmed down version and install Firefox. They are both the same in terms of engine but Firefox is smaller, so is also faster.
While Mozilla Firefox is a small browser, it is not limited to being small, because you can install extensions. Extensions are basically add-ons, which can make new features possible. Heck, you can even install a module to make it show ads like Opera does! So for those switching from Opera that don't want to loose the Opera feel, just install that module!
While Opera has features Mozilla does not have, such as the zoom feature which makes viewing of porn sites much more enjoyable, Mozilla also has features Opera does not have. One of them is the ability to force cookies to expire after a certain amount of time. For those who are privacy freaks, you can set it to make sure you'll never get a cookie that lasts more then a specific time, so you can set it to like a week or something. So it makes it harder for sites to track you down. The cookie manager in Mozilla also shows more info on each cookie, such as the name, path, value and expiry date.
Mozilla also renders pages cleaner then Opera. While Opera is MUCH better then IE, and follows standards, it is more likely to mess up a render where you have to refresh. Not often, but sometimes when there's too many animated gifs on one page, it will get really slow. Mozilla seems to handle stuff like this like a dream.
All in all, Opera is not a bad browser, but Mozilla is just better and less bloated. :)
I suggest you give both a try, and see for yourself which one you rather use, since as long as you get away from using IE, you will experience a much nicer browsing experience, while staying secure. But I strongly suggest Mozilla, or Mozilla Firefox to be your browser!
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