I am looking for the best stable browser. Years ago I've used Firefox when Chrome was still new, but have been using Chrome ever since (seems lightweight, speedier, and stable--always managing my 30+ tabs open without a hiccup). Anyway, privacy issues now concern me and having Google sneakily getting data from you (even if you tweak your settings on Chrome). It seems that every time you search something on the browser, Google knows (though I don't know if it's the same if i use Google on another browser and if my worries are justified). Also, Chrome doesn't let you control what displays on your omnibox--your bookmarks will show up to anyone who types anything on the Chrome address bar.
I was considering Chromium because it is open source and I know I won't be watched by Google. Problem is, there's no automatic update and I literally spent over an hour trying to find a stable build for Windows. I can switch back to Firefox, but from what I've researched, Chrome/Chromium is faster in most areas and is reliable.
Any suggestions? Any Chromium users out there? I'm on the internet for at least 8 hours a day, so finding a better browser to Chrome is important to boost my privacy. Thanks.