Popular Browsers & Their Privacy

The most popular browsers are not the most secure or private options out there, but most of them can be improved a little to serve everyday needs.

Google Chrome

Chrome browser

Chrome recently earned the ‘most widely used browser’ spot. It has been in the market for slightly more than a decade and has become the preferred choice for a host of Google services. 

Chrome has a strong reputation as far as speed is concerned. However, Google is also infamous for its tracking and data collecting policies when it comes to your personal information.

If you’re still considering Chrome, after every five weeks, clients receive updates that make better placed to deal with advanced malware. Plus, you can add pop-up blockers. You can also boost your privacy and security by installing our independently audited Chrome extension.

Mozilla Firefox

mozilla firefox

The Mozilla Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is committed to offering its clients the best privacy and security features and works round the clock to deliver this.

Although the ‘Do Not Track’ feature has become standard among major browsers, the Firefox community was the first to bring it on board. Third parties have a habit of dumping cookie on internet users which in turn compromises their security. Mozilla Firefox provides the ‘Tracking Protection’ feature that takes care of this.

Users looking to step up their online privacy can also make the most of their diverse add-ons including uBlock Origin. The open-source nature of Firefox is the icing on the browser’s safety features. You can always assess their codes and find out if anything unscrupulous is going on.

On top of that, Mozilla announced that Firefox Nightly now supports encrypting the TLS Server Name Indication (or SNI) extension. This means that attackers and ISPs won’t be able to see your browsing history. You can also boost your privacy and security by installing our independently audited Chrome extension.

Microsoft Internet Explorer/Edge

Edge browser

Every new PC owner has probably had an experience withInternet Explorer (IE). For a long time, IE had monopolized the browser market share. The advent of Firefox and Chrome changed this state of affairs. IE’s successor Edge hasn’t gained its popularity amongst internet users yet. 

Both IE and Edge have security features which are average but still alert users on potential malware and untrustworthy sites. They also offer both the “Tracking Protection” and “Do Not Track” features which enhance the privacy of their users.

Safari

Safari browser

Apple has been known for its privacy-orientated functions. Safari has not too many updates – in fact, a few times less as compared to other browsers. It may be due to because Apple devices generally are exposed to fewer online vulnerabilities.

The newer version of Safari warns you if some website is trying to access your cookies. Moreover, to prevent malicious code, it runs web pages in separate processes.

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Top Security Browsers

Maybe lesser-known names, but if you’re looking for a secure and private browser, open source may be the way to go.

Opera

Opera Browser

Opera has gained popularity among its users as a privacy-oriented browser. Their updates are released after every 5 weeks to keep in step with the dynamic nature of internet connections and malware. They enhance the security of their clients as they block add-ons as well as scripts. Malware protection is also guaranteed and is coupled with fraud protection.

Clients can also exploit their private window that ensures that your browsing activity cannot be monitored. This is however not the case with its default window. Its built-in VPN is not as secure as many would love for it to be though it offers a considerable amount of privacy.

Depending on your security and privacy needs, you can opt for any of these browsers. Tor is the best option for advanced anonymity needs, while Firefox, on the other hand, offers the best privacy option for mainstream users. VPNs and tracker blockers are some of the tools that you can consider for enhanced privacy.

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Tor Browser

Tor browser

The developers of Tor Browser had in mind a browser that would keep surfers anonymous round the clock. The browser was based on Firefox and its updates that come after every 14 days exploit their patches and bug fixes.

If you are looking for a browser that will clear your cookie every time you complete your internet sessions, then Tor Explorer is the best bet for you.

Its NoScript feature ensures that no browser can keep track of what you do when you are online. Your browsing habits and traffic are encrypted thanks to the network relays that data bounces on. With a VPN connection added to its features, you are guaranteed of maximum privacy.

Chromium

Chromium browser

Chromium browser is entirely open-sourced. But the global privacy community still has its doubts when it comes to using Chromium. Mostly, because it’s almost impossible to guarantee that all of the code is clean from Google’s default data gathering policies. It’s not really recommended if privacy is your priority #1.

Chromium has updates coming out every day, but every update is manual, which can get a little annoying to some. Available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android.

You can also boost your privacy and security by installing our independently audited extension.

Brave

Brave browser

Open-source browser Brave is known for its very privacy-focused approach and minimalistic design. Concerning security and privacy, this browser lets you select what kind of data you wish to delete every time you’re closing the app.

Also, it has many settings which let you customize your preferences for your individual security needs. Brave browser has a default ad blocker, anti-fingerprint functionality, and script blocker.

However, bear in mind, that Brave doesn’t support most of the third-party extensions which can be a real hassle for some users. It’s a new player in town so it may take a little time to gain trust from average users. You can also boost your privacy and security by installing our Firefox extension to Brave browser.

Comodo Dragon and Comodo IceDragon

comodo dragon

Comodo Dragon is a Chromium-based browser, ideal for those who admire Chromium’s minimalistic design but are worried about Google’s data mining. Comodo Dragon is praised for its high security and browsing speeds.

Comodo is best known for its firewall software and other security solutions, maybe this is why people feel safer while browsing on Comodo Dragon. The browser itself warns users every time they try to access a website which is not safe, or while entering sites like Facebook.

Comodo IceDragon very similar to Comodo Dragon, but based on Mozilla core. However, it’s a very recent browser, so it’s not as developed as its predecessor. IceDragon lets you secure DNS settings, checks the validity of the sites you visit.

Waterfox

waterfox

Waterfox is based on Mozilla code (the same as Pale Moon and Basilisk) and prevents tracking and data collection.

However, it’s pretty slow with updates, and some security experts don’t recommend using it, because “it’s like Firefox ESR and changing a few settings.”

Epic Privacy Browser

epic

Epic markets itself as “incognito mode by default,” this means that the browser doesn’t retain any history and automatically enables cookie blocking.

The developers implemented a built-in encrypted proxy which hides your actual IP address and encrypts the data between you and the web. Thus, providing privacy and security on every level.

However, it’s not compatible with some websites.

Torch
torch

Torch browser promotes the so-called ‘all-in-one’ approach. It includes social media, torrent, etc. sharing, media downloading just a click away. Torch is a Chromium based browser.

However, Torch may install extensions which you don’t necessarily, but you can get delete them after the installation process. The browser was reported to have some stability issues.

Overview

Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer have all gained popularity over the years. However, clients who prefer them should be aware that these browsers aren’t very secure and private.

Chromium, Tor browser, Brave, Epic, Torch, Comodo Dragon and Opera shouldn’t be left behind. They block cookies and ads while allowing extensions that keep trackers at bay. The security features, privacy tools, and update frequency should help you tell them apart.

This article was updated: January 31 2019

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