It’s no secret that Google loves our data, keeping track of what we click, search for, and scroll through.
Google’s own browser, Chrome, is the first choice among desktop users. According to Gartner, personal data archives are the biggest area for privacy risks. For those wanting to break free of advertising trackers, it might be time to ditch Chrome.
We’ve compiled a list of the top five privacy browsers. These keep your search history locked away from advertisers.
Best Browsers for Web Privacy
1. Epic Privacy Browser:
Epic Privacy browser is always in private mode. In fact, closing the browser causes all browsing data to delete. This browser uses an inbuilt VPN (virtual private network) stopping search engines tracking users. Also, Epic allows very few plug-ins, as these can often mean security risks.
Brave hides advertising trackers and cookies. It also offers malware and plug-in blocks by default.
DuckDuckGo is part of Google’s chromium service. It began as an adblocker. But now also works to block anything you haven’t agreed to. DuckDuckGo also offers transparency: It shows you who is keeping your data.
Ghostery began as an extension. It now operates as a standalone app for mobile, and as a plug-in for Opera, Firefox, Edge and Safari. Ghostery can help protect you from advertising trackers. It also protects against social media trackers, and analytics trackers. Like DuckDuckGo, Ghostery will let you know who (or what) is hoarding your data.
We’ve saved the best for last. Tor can be off-putting for first time users, as it takes some getting used to. But, Tor offers several layers of encryption. It also provides rerouting techniques to help protect your online identity. The latest upgrades are far more user-friendly than previous versions.