What it is: Opera is another alternative browser to Safari that has been around a long time and has a reputation for offering the most advanced features.
When most people use a Windows or Macintosh computer, they tend to use whatever browser is the default browser. For Windows, that’s Edge and for the Macintosh, that’s Safari. While Edge is still rough around the edges and not quite as capable as the older Internet Explorer, Safari has been mostly reliable and advanced enough that most people have little reason to use any other browser.
If people do think of an alternative browser to Safari, they often think of Chrome or Firefox. However, one name that many people never consider is Opera.
Opera has been around for years, even longer than Chrome. Best of all, Opera often introduces features that other browsers later adapt such as tabs and combining the search text field with the address text field. If you want the latest browser features, you can often find them in Opera long before they arrive in competing browsers.
Best of all, most malware targets the default browsers of Edge, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Because Chrome and Firefox are also popular, malware targets those browsers as well. However, Opera is a relatively unknown browser despite its longevity. That means if you use Opera, chances are good malware won’t attack your browser simply because it won’t know how.
Even if you don’t want to switch to Opera, it’s always safer to install at least one other browser besides the default browser. Sometimes malware can foul up a browser so badly that you can’t even use it. If that occurs, you won’t be able to get on the Internet to find a way to fix your problem. However, if you have a second browser installed such as Opera, you’ll still be able to get on the Internet and find a way to fix your default browser. By having at least two browsers installed, you’ll guarantee you’ll always be able to get on the Internet if necessary.
So consider installing Opera as your default or secondary browser. You may not think you need Opera if Safari works for you on the Macintosh, but you never know when a second browser could come in handy. After using Opera, you may find you’d rather use Opera instead of Safari.