This new and updated secure browser guide takes a sneak preview into the topics of browser security and privacy. (Updated on November 15, 2019)
In our data-driven world, your personal data has become one of the most valuable resources. Interestingly, your browser holds a lot of information about your data and your online activities.
Time has passed when you have to use a browser only because it comes with your new computer or because it is very popular. Nowadays, you must make privacy and security your top priority when choosing a new browser.
Why is it free?
Your web browser may come for free but there are good reasons why companies such as Google (Chrome), Apple (Safari) and Microsoft (Internet Explorer and Edge) offer you these browsers completely free. It helps them gather data about your activities online. Additionally, every browser has features and loopholes that can be exploited by third parties. Browsers come with components and plugins which hackers can use against you.
Whenever you use your browser to gain access to a website, the website, as part of that communication, collects some information about your browser. A hacker may insert malicious code into the website’s content so that when your browser makes contact with such a website, it will exploit the vulnerabilities on the browser.
A website can also deploy tools such as web bugs, clickjacking, likejacking, zombie cookie, viruses, Trojan horses or even spyware to gain access to your private information. Thus, it is very important that you choose a browser that poses less security risk.
You can improve your privacy and security when browsing online by choosing a secure browser. In this article, you will learn about the top web browsers for security and privacy.
Top 5 Best Web Browsers For Security and Privacy
1. Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox ranks among the top 4 browsers in the “ease of use”. Similarly, it has been ranked as one of the best browsers for security and privacy. Mozilla Corporation – the company that developed the Firefox browser is a non-profit organization. This means they are not interested in collecting and selling your data. Thus, Firefox comes with security features such as content blocking as well as a huge collection of add-ons you can use to enhance your online security and privacy.
Firefox is an open-source, this simply means that if you know your way around codes, you can always go to the source code to ensure that no scripts are tracking your activities online.
2. Tor Browser
Tor Browser has proven to be one of the strongest browser available. Many have referred to it as the hardened version of Firefox. This browser is specifically configured to run on the Tor network and also to offer you protection against browser fingerprinting.
Just like Firefox, Tor Browser was created by a non-profit organization back in 2002. It is mostly based on Firefox code. However, to ensure you are safe when surfing the net, Tor Browser passes your data through 3 levels of relays on Tor Network. It automatically wipes your cookies after you log out. This makes it hard to track your activities.
Tor is one of the few browsers that can give you access to the dark web. Perhaps, one disadvantage of Tor Browser is that all the layers of security make download very slow and painful.
3. Brave Browser
Brave comes with a default setting that allows you to enjoy more secured browsing and data privacy without having to learn how to get it. This browser blocks all advertising and third-party tracking. Brave also has an “HTTPS Everywhere” feature to ensure you are only connecting to the most secure version of the website you are browsing.
It is also important to mention that Brave servers don’t see or store your browsing data. You can see how many ads the browser blocked daily as well as configure your privacy settings to suit your lifestyle.
4. Epic Browser
Epic is another strong browser if you are searching for a secure and privacy-focused browser. This browser was created by a software company known as “Hidden Reflex”. Epic ensures that the website you are visiting does not track you. It does this by sending the “Do Not Track” request as well as using the in-built feature to ensure that no form of tracking takes place.
To offer higher online security, the Epic browser makes use of a one-click enabled encrypted proxy to hide your IP address. This means a website can’t monitor your IP address. This is one of the few browsers that doesn’t save your passwords or your history.
It also does not make use of auto-suggest. There is no doubt that Epic takes an extreme approach to privacy and online security to ensure you have peace of mind when surfing the net.
5. Safari Browser
Safari browser is developed by Apple Inc. and featured on PC for the first time in 2012. However, it has gone through some serious upgrades as Apple tries to add more security and privacy features to the browser. As of today, Safari comes with the Mac operating system as the default browser. Perhaps, this is one of the default browsers that are security-focused.
Recently, Apple added enhanced anti-fingerprinting protection which makes it almost impossible for advertisers to track your activities via your browser. This browser also prevents malicious code from affecting your browsing experience or accessing your data.
The new upgraded Safari boasts of a feature that allows you generate a random email address you can use for third-party websites you don’t like.
Every browser comes with its respective strengths and weaknesses. However, it is very important that you choose a browser that doesn’t track your activities or store your private data without permission. It is also recommended to make use of a VPN when surfing the net as an additional layer of security.
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