The Best Web Browsers for Privacy and Security

August 8, 2019

Your web browser knows a lot about you, and tells the sites you visit a lot about you as well—if you let it. We’ve talked about which browsers are best at ad-blocking, but in this guide, we’re going to focus on the browsers that you’ll want to use to better conceal everything you’re up to from all the advertisers that want to track your digital life.

Whether your preferred browser is Chrome or Firefox, you have a few options to help you browse more securely—assuming, that is, you’re ready to give up on the version everyone else uses and try something new. Here are some browsers worth trying out.

Brave

This standalone browser for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android is based on Chromium—which means it’ll feel pretty familiar already if you’re a Chrome fan. Moving over to Brave pulls you mostly out of Google’s ecosystem, first and foremost, so you can breathe a little easier knowing that you aren’t sending copious amounts of data to Google via your logged-in account.

More importantly, Brave’s default settings are great for people who want more data privacy but don’t want to actually learn how to get it—or figure out all the extensions they’d need to install to reduce tracking in their favorite browsers. By default, Brave blocks all advertising and third-party tracking, and its built-in HTTPS Everywhere feature ensures you’re always connecting to the most secure version of the website you’re browsing (if applicable).

You’re also welcome to opt in to advertising (that doesn’t track you or collect your information) if you’d like to reward your favorite websites’ creators for their work. While it might seem odd for a privacy-focused browser to also have an advertising setup of its own, the move seems like a reasonable compromise that balances privacy and convenience against the financial realities content creators face.

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