Yesterday I received a request from Mozilla to complete a survey on encryption, which got me thinking as to where the company is really headed. Firefox never seemed promising to me to start with — although I was briefly a Mozilla ambassador and did try my best to believe in its capabilities.
That is not to say I dislike the browser. I used it for a few years but gave it up in preference of what I believed were better options. As of the time of publishing this article, Firefox has a paltry 12% usage share, down 20%, coming in fourth after Chrome (32%, with 23% growth), Internet Explorer (22%, with a 55% fall), and Safari (12%, with 20% growth). While Internet Explorer and Safari, however bad or good they may be, can have their marketshare filed away as due to their being default Operating System applications, it is hard to explain how Chrome, another open-source-backed1 browser, managed to make it to the top. And now Mozilla takes a survey on encryption — will massive changes follow?
- Yes, this is not strictly true: Chrome is Google’s product, but it is based on the open-source Chromium browser. ↩