Alternative Browsers

With security becoming a selling point in our digital lives, browsers are implementing privacy features across the board. You'll notice many of the same privacy and security tools for each major browser.

There are some alternatives like Brave and Firefox that have privacy and security built right into their browser. Safari has started to block ads in 2018 releases.

For the more technically proficient, Privoxy acts as a local proxy to filter web browsing traffic.

Even the address bar can be attacked.

Security and Privacy Ranking

The order of the list below is based on the highest to ' lowest of both privacy and security. Browsers at the beginner are strongest at both.

Chrome might be the most technically secure but Google's reputation of tracking all kinds of data makes it privacy record a major weakness. Chrome tracks you by default, but these settings can changed.

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TOR

Desktop
Mobile

TOR browser connects to the Onion network to create a decentralized anonymous connection as you visit websites. It's main emphasis is to restrict the ability to trace the user's location and search requests.

A downside to TOR is the slow loading speed for some sites. It also requires some technical effort to set-up, but offers the best protection for online anonymity.

  • Private Browsing
  • Learning Curve
  • Closest Thing to Anonymous Web Browsing

Waterfox

Desktop
Mobile

Waterfox is fork of the open source Firefox browser. This means it is built on the same code as Firefox and offers many of the same features and functionality.

Unlike Firefox, Waterfox's codebase has turned off all tracking, telemetry, data collection, and startup profiling. Firefox has these enabled for product improvement purposes, as many companies do. But these leak user data and thus decrease it's overall privacy!

Waterfox doesn't collect anything by default, making it a hands off browser.

  • Private Browsing
  • Blocks Ad Trackers
  • Defaults to No Tracking or Data Collection
  • Device Syncing and Tab Sharing

Tenta

Mobile

Tenta is a super private mobile browser for Android only. It is feature packed with cutting edge technologies. Encryption is built into the browser, along with a VPN and DNS over TLS.

Their website has a great blog and podcast that covers privacy and security.

  • Private Browsing
  • Built In VPN
  • DNS over TLS
  • Data is Not Sold
  • Encrypted Media Downloader and Player

Brave

Desktop & Mobile

Brave has privacy and security features built right into the browser. Ad and tracker blockers increase load time, making them faster. Brave boasts a faster mobile speed than Google and Apple.

The Brave Team has a committment to new security features such as the experimental TOR tab browser.

  • Ad Blockers
  • Fingerprinting Protection
  • HTTPS Everywhere
  • Phishing/Malware Blocker
  • DuckDuckGo Private Search
  • Experimental TOR Browser

Firefox

Desktop
Mobile

Firefox is recognized as a leading browser in user privacy and security, in other words, use it! But it's not perfect, if you really want to tighten the leaks, there are browser extensions that will harden the browser beyond the defaults.

Most of these tools are built by a community of developers aimed to enhance user privacy and security. There are many extensions available, but research them to make sure they don't track you, a common tactic under the guise of protection.

Turn off usage data and telemetry information sent back to Mozilla servers. Most browsers do this for performance analytics, but these are known security risks. Remove Hello and Pocket from Firefox if you don't want them.

There are many configuration settings that can be changed to increase security/privacy for the more strict user. User.js and gHacks User.js will harden Firefox to prevent tracking, browser data storage, increase encryption and more.

Stop browser fingerprinting with Canvas Blocker . It will prevent browsers from using the the Canvas API to identify you.Use Cookie AutoDelete to remove cookies automatically. Neat URL removes google analytic tracking to prevent URL tracking. Stop CDN's and third party code from tracking you with Decentraleyes . Use the Facebook Container Extension to prevent facebook tracking you across browser tabs!

Unfortunately, Mozilla has been under scrutiny for data collection in 2017, claiming it will increase user privacy. . Firefox also sends telemetry data but allows you to opt-out. . Reddit discussion on the matter.

  • Powerful Private Browsing
  • Block Ad Trackers
  • Privacy Extensions
  • DNS over HTTPS Features

Vivaldi

Desktop

Vivaldi is a highly customizable browser that offers security features that make it stand out. Comes with standard security offerings like most browsers.

  • Private Browsing
  • Fingerprinting Protection
  • Ad and Tracker Blockers

Opera

Desktop & Mobile

Opera has been around for long time and offers a free built in VPN, the only browser to do so. It's actually a proxy, not a a real vpn, see some links below for a further review. Ultimately, it's probably not secure or private but a great idea if someone can implement it correctly.

Opera compresses websites and videos before sending them, making it a faster browser than others. Opera was sold to a Kunlun Tech and Qihoo 360, both Chinese companies. While this doesn't mean anything specifically, it doesn't make Opera a trusthworthy brand at the end of the day.

  • Private Browsing
  • Ad Blocker
  • Blocks Harmful Sites

Safari

Desktop

Safari has some great features for security. They have been accused of lagging behind Chrome and other browsers for being late to the game.

The newest version includes some features found in others. You will still need some extensions to help.

  • Private Browsing
  • Fingerprinting Protection
  • Blocks Harmful Sites
  • Ad and Tracker Blockers

Chrome

Desktop
Mobile

Chrome has many great security features and technology. Google was knocked by security experts for a potentially misleading account log-in feature, which they changed.

Location, history and advertising tracking don't make Chrome a very private experience. Google makes money off of your data. You are the product. Try another browser instead.

Instead, use Ungoogled Chromium , a replacement for Chrome that doesn't integrate with Google. It aims to remove the privacy infringing settngs that comes with Chrome.

  • Private Browsing
  • Fingerprinting Protection
  • BLocks Harmful Sites
  • Ad and Tracker Blockers

Edge

Desktop

Edge is the new browser from Microsoft. It has dumped many of the security loopholes that plagued Internet Explorer.

Edge is very new, so there aren't a lot of security features. Why would you use it anyways?!

  • Cookie Blocking