Browser Feature Analysis

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Data on Features - Firefox

The requested information for the Mozilla Firefox web browser is detailed in column B of the attached spreadsheet.

Summary of Findings

  • Firefox's Privacy feature is described in the Firefox privacy notice page that's linked to the About page of the Mozilla web page. It is described as: "At Mozilla, we believe that privacy is fundamental to a healthy internet. That’s why we build Firefox, and all our products, to give you greater control over the information you share online and the information you share with us. We strive to collect only what we need to improve Firefox for everyone."
  • The Security feature is described in the Privacy page that's linked to the About page of the Mozilla web page. It is described as: "We do the hard work to protect your personal info. Data security is complicated — or at least it should be. Which is why we take the extra steps to classify the data we have, maintain rules for how we store and protect each type, and never stop iterating on our processes."
  • The performance of Mozilla Firefox is described on the Mozilla blog page. It is described as: "The new Firefox runs fast thanks to hundreds of performance improvements. This means that Firefox Quantum is 2 times faster and uses 30% less memory than Chrome, so you don’t have to sacrifice performance to use the browser backed by the not-for-profit, champion for the user, Mozilla."
  • Mozilla Firefox describes extensions in the "Your favorite add-ons and extensions" link of the Features page of the 'Firefox Browser for Desktop' icon on the Mozilla web page. It is described as: "Extensions are like apps for Firefox. They add features to Firefox to make browsing faster, safer, or just plain fun."
  • Firefox mobile is described in the 'Firefox Browser for Mobile' link of the Browsers link in the Mozilla web page. It is described as: "Take speed, privacy and peace of mind with you. On Android and iOS. Super fast. Private by default. Blocks 2000+ online trackers."
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Data on Features - Chrome

An analysis of the Google Chrome browser found descriptions of the features and sub-features requested such as privacy, security, extension, and others. However, the company has not included any description of battery/resource use on its website. Details on the available information have been provided on column D of the attached spreadsheet.

Description of Chrome Features

  • Privacy: This is described in the 'Google Chrome Privacy Notice' page which can be accessed through the 'Privacy and Terms' link of the Google Chrome web page. It is described as: "Learn how to control the information that's collected, stored, and shared when you use the Google Chrome browser on your computer or mobile device, Chrome OS, and when you enable Safe Browsing in Chrome."
  • Security: This is described in the 'Security' page that can be accessed from the Features tab on the Chrome web page. It is described as: "You shouldn't have to be a security expert to feel safe on the web. Chrome was built to be secure by default, and easy to use by everyone."
  • Productivity: This is described in the 'Productivity' web page which can be accessed through the "Features" tab on the Chrome web page. It is described as: "Whatever it is, get it done fast. You’re all about getting stuff done. Chrome is all about helping you get it done quickly. Whether on desktop or mobile, Chrome is designed for speed and efficiency."
  • Portability: This is described in the 'Anywhere' page which can be accessed through the 'Features' tab on the Chrome web page. It is described as: "Take your Chrome with you everywhere. Chrome is easy to customize and use on mobile, tablet, and computer. So the web is the way you want it to be, everywhere."
  • Performance: While there is no explicit description of the performance feature of the Chrome browser, a related feature has been provided. This is described in the 'Google Built-In' web page which can be accessed through the 'Features' tab on the Chrome web page. It is described as: "Get more out of the web with Google tools. Everything you love about Google is just part of the Chrome experience. And when you have the smartest browser tools built-in, you’re free to stay focused. Discover what Google tools are built into your Chrome experience."

Research Strategy

To determine where and how Google Chrome describes the requested features, your team scoured through every major section of the Chrome web page including the Help Center and blog sections. While we found most of the requested features, we did not find any mention of the battery or resource use feature of the Chrome browser. We also searched through press releases and articles to find any description of this feature. However, the only description of battery features for a Chrome product is for Chrome OS which is not a browser, and a resource use feature 'data saver' which is only available for on mobile version.
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Data on Features - Edge

The requested information for the robust Microsoft Edge web browser is detailed in column F of the attached spreadsheet. Below please find a summary of the key findings.

Summary of Findings

  • Microsoft Edge's privacy policy is described on the Microsoft Edge privacy page linked from the Microsoft Edge welcome page. It breaks down Microsoft Edge's privacy policy into four distinct sections: protection, transparency, control, and respect. The following language is used to describe the policy: "We will help keep you safe on the web and prevent unauthorised access of your browsing data. We will give you visibility into how your browsing data is collected and used so you can make informed decisions. We will empower you to take control of your browsing data and choose how it can improve your experiences. We will honour your choices about browsing data and collect only what is needed to make your experiences better."
  • An overview of Microsoft Edge security is provided on the 'Overview of Microsoft Edge security' page linked from the 'Docs' then 'Microsoft Edge Security' section of the Microsoft website. It is described as: "IT admins in the enterprise are constantly facing a myriad of existing and emerging security challenges while protecting the corporate network and devices from malicious attacks and preventing unauthorized access and leaks of corporate data. Microsoft Edge provides several natively built, unique capabilities that help address these challenges." A more comprehensive breakdown of Conditional Access and Application Guard can be found at the attached link.
  • Microsoft Edge performance is described on the Microsoft Edge welcome page under the 'Performance' tab. It describes Microsoft Edge's performance this way: "Speed, performance and compatibility, without compromise. The new Microsoft Edge was rebuilt from the ground up to bring you world class compatibility and performance, the security and privacy that you deserve, new features designed to bring you the best of the web, and is the only browser optimised for Windows 10."
  • Productivity is described on the Microsoft Edge welcome page under the 'Productivity' tab. It describes Microsoft Edge's productivity this way: "Your browser should work the way you do. With brand new features like Collections, and the most comprehensive set of built-in learning and accessibility tools on the web, the new Microsoft Edge was designed to help you get things done."
  • Portability is described on the Microsoft Edge welcome page under the 'Performance' tab. It describes Microsoft Edge's portability this way: "Works wherever you do. Microsoft Edge is now available on all your devices running Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, macOS, iOS and Android, so you never miss a beat. Go anywhere, do anything. Your passwords, history, favourites and settings seamlessly roam across all your devices. Microsoft Edge is now available on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, macOS, iOS and Android."
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Data on Features - Safari

The requested details for Safari have been provided in columns H-I of the attached spreadsheet. Information for the majority of the features and sub-features listed in Column A can be found on the main Safari page.

Selected Findings

  • The "Defending your online privacy and security" section of the main Safari page provides information on the privacy and security features of the web browser.
  • Information and instructions on cookie blocking are published in the Safari User Guide of the Safari Support website.
  • The "fastest way to browse on a Mac" section of the main Safari page provides information on the performance and speed features of the web browser.
  • The "Search more. Stream more." section of the main Safari page provides information on battery use/resource use.
  • The "Surf seamlessly across all your devices" section of the main Safari page provides information on the portability, sync, and mobile features.

Research Strategy

The information for work/enterprise feature is not available. To identify the required information, we first examined the main Safari page and Safari User Guide. However, these resources did not reveal any enterprise-specific features or Safari for enterprise version.

Next, we conducted a press search to identify any mention of enterprise-specific features or Safari for enterprise version. Based on the articles examined, we have determined that Safari does not offer enterprise-specific features or a version for enterprises. However, an article published by Computer World described Safari's USB security keys as "enterprise-class security." Therefore, we have provided information on the USB security keys in the spreadsheet.
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Data on Features - Brave

Brave only stores a user's data "if the user has switched on Rewards or Sync." The browser does not host its own extension store, but users can use the Chrome Web Store for extensions. The requested information for the Brave web browser has been provided in column J of the attached spreadsheet.

Summary of Findings

  • Brave's privacy feature is described in the 'Privacy Policy' section which can be found at the bottom of the home page. It is described as: "The Brave browser is designed to not know who you are, or what sites you visit. Our company does not store any record of people’s browsing history. We don’t write any personal data to the block chain. The only way a user’s data is stored by Brave is if the user has switched on Rewards or Sync."
  • The security feature is described in the 'Features' page which is linked under the 'Browser' section of the home page. It is described as: "Experience unparalleled privacy and security. Brave fights malware and prevents tracking, keeping your information safe and secure. It’s our top priority."
  • The performance of Brave is described on the Brave blog page. In the article "Brave 1.0 Performance: Methodology and Results", it is described as: "Brave’s focus on performance delivers results where they matter, saving users’ resources across the tested operating systems (MacOS, Windows, and Android) when compared to all major browsers. "
  • Brave describes extensions in the "Can I install extensions in Brave?" section on the home page. It is described as: "Brave is based on the same open-source Chromium code as a number of other browsers, so your favorite extensions just work with Brave. We don’t host our own extensions store though, so for now the best place to find extensions is the Chrome Web Store."
  • Brave for mobile is described in the 'Download' page which is linked at the top of the Brave home page. It is described as: "Brave is available as a fast, free, secure web browser for your mobile devices. Complete with a built-in ad blocker that prevents tracking and provides security protection with optimized data and battery performance."
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Data on Features - Opera

As highlighted within the enclosed spreadsheet, the features associated with the Opera browser are all discussed within the company's corporate website, but are detailed across a variety of distinct web page locations.

Key Assumptions

  • Opera's browser features are all described as part of the company's corporate website and its linked web pages.
  • However, the exact locations of these features vary significantly, and include completely distinct locations such as legal information, services, mobile apps and general features.
  • Meanwhile, an extensive search of the opera website and associated corporate channels indicated that Opera does not currently provide a solution that is tailored to enterprise customers.
  • Several additional strategies were attempted to identify this information, including a search within software databases for information about enterprise solutions that are associated with the name Opera.
  • However, in the case of software databases, known enterprise solutions or features associated with the name of Opera were clearly linked to a different entity.
  • Ultimately, this analysis, which included a review of Opera's owned media channels and software databases, confirmed that the company is not currently marketing enterprise solutions or features.
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