The most popular browsers, like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, are comfortable and refined. However, it is worth knowing the alternatives that have one important advantage: they provide more privacy.
While browsing the network, we have access to innumerable information, we ourselves – often unknowingly – send a lot of information. Among them are our search preferences, the history of downloaded files, and even the exact location. To take care of privacy, it is worth using a secure browser. Here are some programs that will allow us to browse the Internet without fear that our data will fall into the wrong hands.
Tor Browser is a free package that guarantees the anonymity of browsing the Internet. It works on the basis of Firefox, adding to it the functionality of redirecting connections between computer relays around the world. This makes it virtually impossible to trace our computer, and thus our identity as well.
After installing the package, the modified version of Firefox will be enabled using the Tor Browser icon. After launching the browser, there will be a short connection and we will get to the start page, from which we can browse the Internet freely and safely. Due to the need to redirect the signal between relays around the world, the use of Tor Browser visibly slows down the loading of web content. In case the time is extremely long, you can change the connection chain by clicking on the icon in the upper left corner of the window, and then selecting the option New identity. This will connect to the network through a new set of relays, which can speed up the operation.
Epic Privacy Browser
Epic Privacy Browser is one of the most complex browsers that takes care of the security of user data in many fields. Epic Privacy is based on the Chromium code, but it is extended by additional functionalities.
The Comodo Dragon browser is based on the Chromium code, but modified by Comodo, known for the production of security systems. Its creation was guided by two objectives: improvement of speed and privacy in relation to the most popular browsers.
For the speed of Comodo Dragon’s operation, the WebKit rendering engine known from Chromium responds, and the program itself is unloaded from unnecessary elements. Among other things, the script package that Google uses to track user activities has been removed. An unquestionable advantage of Comodo Dragon is the stability of operation – the browser uses a little RAM, and the suspension of one card does not suspend the operation of the entire program.
Opera is the only browser that offers the possibility of ensuring security through a free and unlimited VPN, available without the need to install additional extensions, pay fees or register on external sites. The VPN network replaces the user’s IP address with a virtual address, thus making it difficult to track our real location and, consequently, identity. This type of solution is very useful if you use the Internet in public places via open Wi-Fi hotspots. Opera’s VPN protects our activity against attacks from other users of the same public network.
Avast Secure Browser
Avast Secure Browser is another browser based on the Chromium code. The creator of the popular free Avast Free Antivirus security system is responsible for its creation. Browser Avasta offers many security modules that can be activated from the Security Center.
You can access it by clicking on the icon in the upper right corner of the browser window. In the Security Center, we can choose which of the security functions we want to have activated. Among them, we find a pre-installed blockade of advertising, protection against phishing (password phishing), protection against tracking, blocking extensions, HTTPS encryption and protection against flash objects. In addition, we can enable the blockade of browser identification, which reduces the amount of data that websites can obtain about us. We can also delete all traces of our activity on the network using the Track Clearing function.