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Vivaldi Browser vs. Firefox

Vivaldi Browser vs. Firefox

In the world of technology, browsers are every person’s go-to need. If you need to search for a place to visit, tickets to book, and a restaurant to eat, the initial instinct would be to browse it on your available device.

Just like it, Vivaldi and Firefox come into play. This article helps the reader to have a thorough understanding of Vivaldi with the old but most trusted web browser, i.e., Firefox. So let us get into the battle of Vivaldi vs. Firefox.

What are both

Firefox
Firefox Interface

Released in 2004 by the Mozilla Corporation, Firefox is an open-source web browser. Even with the latest update, it supports Google as its default web engine, although users can switch the web engines of their choice by going into the browser settings.

According to the recently collected data, Firefox has a 3.3% of the worldwide browser market share.

Vivaldi
Vivaldi Interface

On the other hand, Vivaldi, launched in 2016 by Vivaldi Technologies, is a Chromium-based, modern, cross-platform web browser.

It provides users free, highly customizable, easily accessible, and privacy-friendly web browsing experience.

Platforms

Vivaldi and Firefox are available on the following platforms. The problem with Vivaldi is that it is not supported on iPhone devices.

VivaldiFirefox
WindowsWindows
macOSmacOS
GNU/LinuxLinux
Android and Android AutomotiveOSAndroid
iOS
ChromeOS (through Linux support)ChromeOS (through Linux support)
Vivaldi Browser vs. Firefox Platforms

Winner: Firefox

Syncing options

Both browsers come with the Account options to log in for synchronizing the data. Firefox supports the below synchronizing options:

  • passwords
  • bookmarks
  • tabs
  • add-ons
  • browsing history

On the other hand, unlike Firefox, Vivaldi supports a wide range of syncing options such as bookmarks and speed dials, settings, passwords, autofill data, typed history, remote sessions, reading list, and notes from any browser you are currently using.

The good thing about Firefox is that it provides a syncing option through QR code scanning with the Android and iOS devices compared to Vivaldi, which only has this feature available for Android.

Winner: Vivaldi

Related: Mozilla Firefox vs. Brave

Supported search engines

Firefox (left picture) supports Google as its default search engine. However, you can change it to DuckDuckGo, Wikipedia, Bing, and Amazon from the settings.

Similarly, on Vivaldi (right picture), Yahoo is the fefault search engine, but the users can change it to Bing, Google, DuckDuckGo, Ecosia, Startpage.com, and Wikipedia.

You can add custom websites on Firefox through add-ons, while on Vivaldi, you can add a custom web engine by going to the search settings and clicking on the (+) icon, which gives you access to add your favorite search engine.

Winner: Tie

Protections

Privacy protection

Firefox provides Enhanced Tracking Protection for desktops, which is multi-layered protection to block social media trackers, cross-site cookies, crypto miners, and fingerprints. It also blocks efforts to track the content in private windows.

The Strict Enhanced Tracking protection is for all windows, private or public, and allows the user to clear all third-party cookies more effectively and efficiently.

Custom Enhanced Tracking protection allows the users to customize and choose the trackers to block. 

On the other hand, Vivaldi comes with multiple options for the user to select in their default level of protection.

The first level is No Blocking, the second level only blocks trackers, and the third level offers to block trackers and pushed ads. It also allows users to block third-party cookies according to their needs.

To summarize, the user has all the options in Vivaldi, so everything is a choice here. However, it does not state the protection in tracking fingerprints and crypto miners.

HTTPS

Firefox-HTTPS-Mode-Alert
Firefox HTTPS Mode Alert

Firefox has HTTPS only mode that allows the user to have a completely secure and encoded connection between the browser and the websites and lets the user manage the exception.

Vivaldi does not have a built-in option for HTTPS-only mode; however, it can be added through add-ons.

Winner: Firefox

Related: Google Chrome vs. Brave

Password protection

Firefox can save your passwords and the login credential to access and autofill in time of need. These passwords and credentials are further saved by a primary password, which stores all the information.

Users can use this primary password if sharing a computer with others. However, the primary password can’t be synchronized between devices and profiles; hence different primary passwords are required for different profiles and devices. 

Vivaldi also saves the webpage passwords in the user accounts, although it does not have the advanced function of the master password.

Winner: Firefox

Extensions and add-ons

Adding Extensions on Vivaldi
Adding Extensions on Vivaldi

Both Firefox and Vivaldi support extensions. You can access the extension in Firefox by clicking the three lines in the top right corner.

Firefox supports an extensive collection of add-ons that covers news, blogging, games, shopping, communication, and web developments.

Vivaldi, on the other hand, has the power of Chrome Web Store. The browser allows users to download add-ons from the Google Chrome web store, which makes it more extensive and provide better extensions.

Winner: Vivaldi

Speed test

Vivaldi vs. Firefox Speed Test

Speed test is a part of the Vivaldi vs. Firefox fight as it shows which browser can deliver fast results. Although this test can’t fully justify between the two, it gives a glimpse of what both can do.

In the test, I went to my website (never visited in both browsers) to see how fast those can load. In my tests, Vivaldi Browser took 3.03 seconds, whereas Firefox took 3.3 seconds to load the website fully.

Winner: Vivaldi

Customization features

Vivaldi and Firefox have many themes with light and dark color schemes. However, the options of customization are more in Vivaldi. It also allows the user to customize their tabs and stack them in two rows, making space for more tabs in the toolbar.

It also allows the user to open two tabs simultaneously on one screen side-by-side.

Moreover, it has in-built translators, note-taking tool, dual screen mode, and other features which eilimate the need for many extensions.

However, the nature of Vivaldi makes it a bit challenging browser. Vivaldi’s interface is crowded, so it’s harder to navigate and find the options you need.

Winner: Vivaldi

Vivaldi vs. Firefox: Summary

Vivaldi might not be as old as Firefox, but still, with its unique, modern, up-to-date, and easy-to-access features, it is grabbing the attention of many users.

It is a platform where users can enjoy multiple features like web screenshots, toggle images and animations, extensions, panels, dual screen mode, and productivity features such as mail, calendar, and notes, so it can be your default browser.

However, if you just want to browse the internet, Firefox should be your browser as it does not crowd the interface letting you just browse the web as it was planned.