Surfing the net unprotected can leave you open to certain dangers such as revealing sensitive personal data to hackers and also enabling cookies which allow easy tracking. Although there are so many risks of using these browsers unprotected, many people still use them that way. They install the most popular browsers on the market without worrying about privacy and security features. Even when you set your browser to Incognito mode, some still leave your IP address and location exposed. To help you deal with these security issues, we have picked the top 10 private browsers for secure browsing.
1. Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox is our #1 private browser. It is an open-source browser that ensures that you are protected from criminals and other trackers online. One good thing about Firefox is that you get to do all the privacy customization. You choose what you want to turn on and off – you can decide not to send data back to Mozilla and even disable add-ons. You have absolute freedom. Also, because it is open-source, you can inspect the code and see how it works. Because of this, many other privacy browsers use Mozilla as a base. It is also very easy to use, so you’ll have no problems getting around it.
2. Tor Browser
Tor Browser is one of the best browsers you can get for secure browsing. It is also built on the Firefox codes and allows you to access the Tor Network. In other words, it is an improved version of Firefox with extra privacy features. Tor Browser works just like a VPN. But instead of a private company handling your data, Tor uses a decentralized network. So, nobody owns your data. However, this also poses some risks. Because if you are not careful enough and you don’t use the browser correctly, your data could land in the wrong hands – government agencies or even criminals. To stay private on Tor, don’t post details about your real identity online, use only secure sites (with HTTPS), don’t torrent on the browser, keep away from Google, and don’t use mobile two-step verification.
3. Brave Browser
Brave is built on Chromium, the open-source software used by Google Chrome. This browser focuses on keeping your data private and your browsing experience as seamless as possible. It blocks normal adverts and tracker but shows you its own ads. There are also rewards for using the browser. Brave pays its users its native cryptocurrency – BAT. But to get the reward, you have to give out your email address. Brave also allows you to edit your security settings, you can easily toggle on features like script blocking, cross-site cookie blocking, and device recognition blocking. However, you can’t disable WebRTC, which is the major issue we have with it. It also collects anonymized information about users which is used to display advertising to you and make them money.
4. Epic Privacy Browser
Epic Privacy Browser is a good alternative to Tor Browser. While Tor uses a decentralized network, the Epic browser uses a VPN with servers in eight countries. According to the company, Epic browser blocks over 600 trackers, ads, saved sessions, and even your IP address. So, you’re not getting unwanted data, and no one is going to access your data. You’ll enjoy seamless browsing and secure activity on the web. It is available for Android, Windows, and macOS. The only issue we have with the Epic Privacy Browser is that the host is unknown. So, we don’t know if your data is truly safe.
5. Apple Safari
If you use a Mac PC, then Safari is a private browser you should try. This browser uses machine learning to spot trackers and advertisers, preventing them from seeing your browsing history and other personal data. It also has other privacy features such as auto-generation of strong passwords, use of DuckDuckGo as its search engine (because Google uses your data), private browsing, warning for malicious websites, and sandboxing. To prevent you from forgetting your passwords and other sensitive information, Safari allows you to store your data using iCloud Keychain. Don’t worry. It uses end-to-end encryption, so even Apple cannot access your data.
6. Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge has some privacy features that will ensure your secure browsing. It is a good alternative to Firefox, Safari, and other browsers on the list. If you install the latest version of Microsoft Edge, you get a feature known as Microsoft Defender SmartScreen which helps protect you from malicious sites and the dangerous files on the web. You’ll also get a warning when you’re about to enter potentially dangerous sites. Microsoft Edge also provides you with customizable privacy options. You can choose to accept or reject cookies, ads, and location requests among others.
Waterfox is also based on Firefox source-code. It looks and feels just like Firefox and is compatible with all Firefox extensions. Firefox is ranked higher because Waterfox is not as frequently updated as the other. So, Firefox is more secure with the latest updates. But, since Waterfox was separated from Firefox’s source-code during its development, it also focuses on giving you the most private browsing experience. It automatically removes features like data collection, startup profiling, telemetry, and sponsored tiles. Also, you can easily customize your privacy settings.
8. GNUzilla IceCat
9. Google Chrome
The Opera browser is regarded as one of the most popular private browsers. People love it because it has an inbuilt ad-blocker and also uses a tracker blocker to keep users from being tracked by advertisers. Also, some part of its code is based on Chromium, so it can be accessed by users. It used to have a built-in VPN, but that has been stopped now. However, you can use other VPN add-ons on the browser. You can also customize your privacy and security settings, but we discovered that people prefer it when their browsers make their data private by default. Opera is a decent choice, but it isn’t the best for private browsing.