At this point, the cryptocurrency frenzy has made its way across the globe. So there’s a solid chance you’ve heard of Bitcoin and blockchain. But there’s another term that coincides with the rise of blockchain, and that’s Web 3.0.
Web 3.0 is an over-encompassing term for the ideas and concepts that will define the future of the internet. As a reference, we are currently in Web 2.0, which has been categorized by our ability to interact with things on and across the internet.
Downsides of Web 2.0
Think about social media, they’re essentially massive websites that allow us to interact with people across the world. This has allowed us to take communication and connection to a whole new level, but it doesn’t come without its downsides.
One of the biggest downsides is the collection and use of our personal data. Since we are able to interact with these websites, we’ve essentially given them tons of data on ourselves. This data is then used for a variety of things, including being sold to other companies.
Web 3.0 is all about getting that control back. It uses the power of blockchain to decentralize the internet, meaning large companies like Google and Facebook will have limited power. It also connects people to blockchain applications which are decentralized applications and services called DApps. These DApps range from games to financial services like borrowing and lending cryptocurrency.
We are still a long way away from a fully operational Web 3.0, but the popularity of cryptocurrencies and blockchain has definitely expedited the process. So how can you participate and take advantage of this transition from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0?
Web browsers are the key. Web browsers are essentially the gate to the internet, so having the right one can make all the difference. So which one is right for you? Let’s take a look!
Below are the top web browsers for 2022 and Web 3.0. These browsers appear in no particular order. See our other page for a more extensive list of web browsers for Windows with Benchmarks.
The Opera web browser has been around for quite a while, but it has typically remained in the shadows of Google Chrome and Firefox. But that might be changing as it has embraced the ideas of Web 3.0, blockchain, and cryptocurrency. In fact, the web browser even has a built-in cryptocurrency wallet that you can use to hold crypto like Bitcoin and Ether.
The browser has always had excellent security, and it provides a number of different browser versions depending on what you’re looking for. It’s an all-around great browser that also provides users with the ability to get involved with Web 3.0 as things develop.
Please see our note below regarding Opera and the MetaMask cryptocurrency wallet.
Brave is a privacy-focused browser that is all about protecting your data and personal information. It automatically blocks cookies and other tracking software that tries to collect information on your browsing habits. Brave even automatically blocks advertisements, so if you hate seeing ads, you will definitely want to give this browser a try.
Brave also offers the ability to interact with different Web 3.0 aspects, and even takes it one step further. Brave Rewards gives users the option to earn cryptocurrency by viewing certain ads or viewing other content. So rather than paying to see ads and view content, Brave actually pays you. That’s definitely the way it should be.
Brave partners with Solana
On Nov 8, 2021, Brave announced a new partnership with Solana. Coming in the first half of 2022, Solana will become the default blockchain for DApp support in Brave. (Solana is the most performant blockchain in the world.)
Google Chrome has been the most popular web browser for years now, and for good reason. It provides a lot of functionality through its connection with your Google account. Google Extensions is also quite nice as it allows you to download small apps to optimize your browsing experience.
Google Chrome is a little behind on the Web 3.0 experience, but it still offers some functionality. You can download cryptocurrency wallets like Metamask, which can then interface with DApps and Web 3.0 websites.
Microsoft Edge comes with Windows 11 and 10 and uses the Chromium engine, so just like Chrome, Edge can use all of the browser extensions and add-ons from the Chrome Web Store. Edge is available for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.
For US users, Edge’s Shopping feature automatically applies coupons when purchasing goods online.
Firefox remains a firm favorite browser for many people. Proudly non-profit, non-corporate, and non-compromised, Firefox continues to evolve. As of November 9, 2021, Firefox is the first major browser to be available in the Windows Store.
Unlike Chromium-based browsers like Chrome or Edge, Firefox uses the Gecko engine.
Firefox features include:
- Total Cookie Protection
- Enhanced Tracking Protection
- DNS over HTTPS
- Lightning fast site loading and display using WebRender and Quantum CSS
- Firefox Suggest
- Multi Picture-in-Picture
- Colorways personalization
The web developer tools in Firefox are well respected. If you’re a web developer, you might like to use Firefox Developer Edition, too. Firefox is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Choosing the right web 3.0 browser comes down to your personal preference. To be considered Web 3.0 ready, a web browser needs to be forward-thinking and support Cryptocurrency/blockchain technology. The image below from MetaMask’s website shows that four of the browsers we list here are embraced and supported by MetaMask.
Whichever of these browsers you choose, you have little to worry about.
Opera provides a customized experience through its many different versions, and its built-in cryptocurrency wallet is quite nice. According to MetaMask’s website though (image above), MetaMask doesn’t officially support Opera yet.
Brave focuses on privacy and ad prevention, so it’s a great choice if you want an ad-free experience. It’s also embraced the cryptocurrency trend by providing incentives to share some information on your browsing habits – an excellent way to earn a little money while browsing.
Firefox is going strong and is another excellent Web 3.0 browser with privacy in mind if you’re not tied to any particular ecosystem. And as we mentioned, it’s the first major browser to be available in the Windows Store.
Although behind Google Chrome on popularity, Microsoft Edge is expected to gain more market share thanks to it being bundled with the latest Windows 11 (and Windows 10 before it). Now that the latest iteration of Edge uses the Chromium engine and can utilize extensions from the Chrome web store like Chrome, there really is no limit to how Edge might evolve.
Finally, Google Chrome provides the same experience it always has. It’s a great browser with a lot of functionality and speed, and it’s what a lot of people are used to using. For now, most websites are still Web 2.0, so the browser should work just fine. But as websites begin to upgrade and embrace Web 3.0, there might be some issues.
There are also plenty of other options, such as Osiris that work with Web 3.0 but are still relatively new to the space. So do your research when looking at those alternatives. Good luck!
CJ is a lifelong gamer and computer enthusiast, and he enjoys getting the most out of his hardware, peripherals, and games. Research is just a part of the process, and CJ loves to share what he learns. More recently, CJ has fallen in love with the world of blockchain and decentralized finance.