With the rise of the internet social networks, the privacy of people has been significantly reduced because almost all popular social media services try to track and pull a lot of data in the name of making their services better but instead using it to target their sale. The most popular search engine Google pulls a lot of user data like location, handset mobile model number, and basically everything else about you. In this post, we are going to discuss the best browsers for private web browsing that you can use completely anonymously.
1. Tor Browser
Tor is one of the best browsers, if not the best, for private and anonymous web browsing. It allows you to access websites without allowing them to know anything about you. It also allows you to browse dark web sites which are blocked by typical white search engines. You also don’t have to use a VPN while using Tor because it has a built-in VPN for full anonymity.
Tor Browser is supported on all platforms so you can use it on Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS, GNU/Linux, Android, and IOS.
Another great advantage is its configuration; you can configure it to your interests, although its advised to use Tor as it is so you don’t stand out from the rest and cause systems to detect you.
The only disadvantage of using Tor is that it really slows down your internet speed connection. But it can be worth it if you need to access the dark web or to simply be completely anonymous online.
2. Epic Browser
Epic Browser didn’t lie when they chose their name, and that’s due to its extraordinary features. It is capable of blocking more than 500 tracking tools on a single session. The epic browser gives you free VPN that has servers hosted in more than 8 countries. The browser doesn’t save any URLs you visited making it impossible to track your history. Similar to Brave, it is also based on Chromium.
Pros of using Epic Browser:
- Impossible to track the URLs visited
- Built-in VPN
Cons of using Epic Browser:
- There are no automatic updates.
- Since there is no record of the URLs, there are no suggestions in the address bar.
3. Brave Browser
It is readily available on almost all platforms. It has a lot of features and is highly optimized to save your mobile data. It blocks any pop-up ads and all other unnecessary ads thanks to its built-in ad-blocker.
This browser is so fast that it loads almost 2 times faster than Google Chrome on PC. It’s also significantly faster on mobile devices. The reason behind its fast performance is the no tracking and ad blocking features due to which it pulls relatively small data to load.
You can measure the popularity of the browser as it has more than 10 millions active downloads on the play store. It was announced in January 2016 and its last update was made on September 26 of the year 2018. (as of March 2019)
No list could be complete without adding DuckDuckGo when discussing private web browsing. This search engine is one of the first known to be privacy based, as in not tracking your search activity, unlike using the big boys like Google. The private search engine offers a tracking network blocker and smart encryption. In addition, DuckDuckGo’s extension also shows your privacy Grade from A to F when you visit a specific website, which is a pretty neat feature. This helps the user see how well their privacy is protected on specific websites.
DuckDuckGo has a lot of cool features as well, such as generating a password by just typing “Password 10”. It will then generate a random secure 10 letter password. You can also check whether a site is down or not, just type the keyword “Is site URL down for me”, and it will show whether the site is running.
5. Comodo IceDragon Browser
This web browser was made by the famous security company Comodo. The browser is fast and has a lot of security features. It is also based on Mozilla Firefox. It is fully compatible of utilizing most of the Firefox plug-ins and extensions.
The web browser provides a lot of advanced features like SecureDNS which helps users stay safe online with its malware domain filtering features. The browser also comes with a social media integration button where you can instantly share an article from the web to social media platforms like Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter with the click of a button.