We all have our favourite browser for daily use. We find them faster, or we think they offer better security. But, some are not as secure as we think.
Breaking away from your browser leaves you outside your comfort zone, but we should take care of our privacy settings and security measures.
We will look at 7 options to see which are the best secure browsers with the best built-in privacy tools.
We will find out what is the safest internet browser to use, and what else we can do to maintain privacy and our security.
Chrome was launched back in 2008. It is currently the market leader and has the most market share. Chrome/ Chromium is the base of many browsers on the market.
Chrome isn’t updated as often as other browsers, and can a while before updates are available. This leaves it vulnerable to malware or other attacks which can spring up during this period.
However, Chrome is known as one of the most secure web browser choices as it scans all downloads. Updates are automatic so you will get recent security improvements as they happen.
Chrome does fall down because Google wants to know all about their users, and their browser is no different.
You can reduce the info that is sent back to Google, but the browser is closed source, so we don’t know what really happens underneath.
Epic markets itself to be the best privacy browser. The Indian developers aim to create private browsers which always work private browsing mode.
But, updates are pretty lengthy, and like many browser companies that are slow, you have to question how long they will remain active.
It is difficult to add them to the list of secure browsers, but due levels they push privacy, they are worthy of mentioning.
They do adhere to constant privacy. The browser removes all cookies, clears the cache and browsing history when you exit.
Do not track feature is enabled by default, and the Epic privacy browser disables third-party cookies and any autofill features as standard.
Another feature is their virtual private network or encrypted proxy. This helps mask IP addresses only. It helps, but you will have IP leaks if the proxy fails.
Firefox is an open source browser and developed by lots of developers. If there is malicious code, it will readily be spotted.
Mozilla Firefox is updated quicker than Chrome and updates occur in a quarter of the time. Firefox gets full marks for being a secure browser right out of the box.
It has plenty of features such as website forgery, malware, and phishing attack protection. Firefox was the first browser to use the ‘Do not track’ feature.
Another feature is the ‘Tracking Protection.’ Users subscribe to lists that block them from third-party cookie dumping.
Comodo Dragon Browser
The Comodo Dragon browser is another built on Chromium, it offers similar features and top-notch security. All the internet activities come protected as standard, and Comodo has an online privacy keeper.
Customized plug-ins and add-ons will make the interface user-friendly for new users. It delivers unsurpassed speed and encrypted tunnelling for secure data transfer.
It prevents cookies and spying eyes from tracking by default. Dragon uses Domain Validation technology to identify and separate superior SSL certificates from inferior ones.
Internet Explorer ruled before there was Chrome. Even if it has been superseded it still receives updates from Microsoft. These are around the same length as Chrome.
IE was the most significant target of hackers, and not being the safest web browser. The browser offers adjustable security and privacy levels and warns users they are visiting a malicious site.
You can toggle features like in other browsers, but due to its age and the attacks faced, there’s guarantee your traffic will stay private. IE also only runs on Windows which is another downside.
Edge supersedes IE and comes with plenty of features in its attempt to make it one of the best browsers for internet privacy.
One of the latest security features for Microsoft Edge is the WDAG (Windows Device Application Guard). But, this only runs on a 64-bit system and Windows 10 pro. Edge runs in a sandbox, but it will have an impact on browsing speed.
Edge comes with Microsoft SmartScreen, to prevent scripts running without user knowledge.
Even with similar features, Edge hasn’t caught the attention of the public. When you look at Microsoft Edge vs. Chrome, there is such a difference that even Microsoft is changing to their browser being based on Chrome.
Tor is a secure browser which was developed subject of discussion about security. Many regular internet users install the Tor browser for highly safe and anonymous web browsing activities.
Tor is built on distributed networks to protect internet communications from ISP tracking, where it generates encrypted web browsers traffic.
All this is sent and received through a tunnel. It evades prying eyes from monitoring the user's internet connection.
Visited pages are hidden with your location, and online privacy by protecting against surveillance programs of NSA. Tor is popular in countries where the internet is restricted. China is a prime example where certain web pages are limited due to censorship.
Not Every Browser is Safe or Secure
Not all browsers offer security or privacy to high levels. Using extensions, it is possible to raise security to higher levels.
HTTPS everywhere is one such extension and is available for some of the browsers above. This secures communications between yourself and websites and helps make safe browsing more of an everyday occurrence.
Some sites don’t yet support this standard, and some support it when users log into services. The remainder of the browsing session is left unencrypted.
Ad blockers and web tracking extensions are numerous and can do a lot to cut down who is watching and tracking movements.
They also stop annoying ads. There are web browsers with VPN built in, but these don’t protect and only mask location.
It is harder for anyone to spy on what you are doing, and it enables users to browse the internet freely without multiple extensions.
There is one extension exception, and this is the Chrome ExpressVPN extension. This is perfect for securing browser activity.
A vast number of VPN providers offer these extensions, but none work as efficiently as this. Users can spoof location, block WebRTC, or use HTTPS everywhere without any client installation.
It does need a virtual private network app to be installed, but can be controlled without opening the app outside the browser. This works on any device where the Chrome browser is installed.
There are spin-offs other browsers, but these may receive little support. To have full secure browsing, it is advisable to choose the most popular and safest methods.
Browsers which offer speed and look good, might deliver the least privacy and security. Nowadays more eyes are watching than ever before.
These are now ISP’s and governing bodies. ISP’s are retaining data, and many governing bodies and agencies clamp down more and more on piracy. There is one way to go to make sure you are fully secure.
A virtual private network will make private web browsing and internet experiences very different than they used to be.