Chromium is often considered to be a lightweight web browser compared to its competitors like Safari or Chrome. While that may be true, it also means that it’s perfect for individuals who are looking for a way to save on their net-billing. Since Chrome and Safari both provide some features that help users save money on their internet subscriptions, let’s take a look at whether or not Chromium can help you lose weight.
Does It Have Security Benefits?
One of the most popular features in Chromium is the security benefits that are embedded within the software. Let’s take a quick look at how these security features work, and why you should care.
First off, Chromium uses a feature called “HTTPS Everywhere” which essentially makes any website that is connected to the internet use secure transfer protocol (https). This means that all of the information transmitted between your device and the website will be encrypted. Let’s say you’re on an unsecure public WiFi network and you click on a link to view a page on a site that is not using https. With a traditional web browser like Safari or Chrome, your data would be at risk of being intercepted by hackers.
But with Chromium, because the encryption is handled by the browser itself, not by the website, your data is protected. Even if a hacker were to try and intercept the data as it’s being transmitted between your device and the website, they wouldn’t be able to do anything with it. The information would be scrambled and unusable. This makes HTTPS Everywhere a worthwhile feature to have.
Similarly, websites that use Adobe’s Flash Player can also benefit from the security of HTTPS. As you may know, Flash Player is a software library that allows websites to play videos and other rich media content. In order to provide this content to users, websites often make use of a feature called Local Shared Objects (LSOs) which expose a portion of the Flash Player’s functionality to outside applications. With LSOs, a website can create a data package that contains information about the media they’re playing, which can then be accessed by other apps on the user’s device. Since all data transferred via the internet is encrypted, this is also another great reason to use Chromium and avoid putting all of your personal information on a public network.
Does It Have Efficient Memory Management?
Another area where Chromium stands out is its efficient use of RAM (random access memory). Due to the fact that the browser’s main function is to display and interact with web content, it needs to have enough RAM to do that. But more importantly, Chromium manages the amount of RAM it uses very well. This is mainly thanks to the fact that it uses a feature called “memory management”. When this feature is enabled, the browser will start cleaning up unused items from memory as soon as it’s done using them. This means that when you close a tab or turn off the computer, the RAM that was being used to display that tab will be freed up for other programs.
Nowadays, all modern browsers automatically use this feature, so there’s no need to turn it on explicitly. But for those who are experiencing problems with their computer’s performance, it can be helpful to know that memory management is one of the things that sets Chromium apart from other software like Safari or Chrome. If you can measure the performance of your device and find that it’s suffering, it may be a sign that Chrome is the culprit, not your hardware or WiFi network.
Does It Have A Fast Startup Time?
When your computer is starting up, it takes a while for the various components to initialize and prepare for use. During this time, the screen may go black or display an image of an apple with a bouncing checkerboard pattern on it. This is the animation that is used when the computer is first starting up or when users click on a link in their email that leads them to a web page.
When a browser starts up, it has to load a number of resources from the internet which can take a while. Once this is done, the user can start using the browser to navigate the web. But since this is a time-consuming process, it would be nice to have a browser that starts up fast and doesn’t take long to load various resources. One way to achieve this is to have a fast connection to the internet and to minimize data being transferred during the initialization process. This is where the “startup time” of a browser comes in.