Chapter Introduction

The browser is the application that connects to the world wide web from your computer/device. It works with DNS and HTTP to fetch websites and read the HTML, CSS, code and other content for the browser to display.

Risks

  • 3rd-party cookies from advertisers track you across websites and collect your clicks

  • These tracking cookies can 'fingerprint' your identity build a profile of your online habits

  • Visiting non-HTTPS websites leaves your communications unencrypted

  • Private browsing does not protect your information from your employer or ISP!

Fixes

Table

BrowserAd BlockingTracker BlockingExtension SupportPrivate Mode
BraveYesYesYesYes
FirefoxYesYesYesYes
TORYesYesYesYes
SafariYesYesYesYes
Microsoft EdgeYesYesYesYes
SafariYesYesYesYes
Firefox MobileYesYesYesYes
OperaYesYesYesYes
Opera MobileYesYesYesYes
VivaldiYesYesYesYes
EpicYesYesYesYes
TentaYesYesYesYes
ChromeNoNoYesYes

Tools

  • Privacy Badger

    Privacy Badger learns from your web surfing and blocks trackers that show up on more than 3 consecutive sites.

    Firefox
  • uBlock Origin

    uBlock Origin blocks scripts on a website that track your web surfing.

    Chrome Firefox Safari
  • Enforce HTTPS

    Force a secure connection

    Firefox Chrome Safari
  • NoScript

    Manual script blocker

    Firefox Chrome Safari