[Compared] Best browsers to keep you anonymous online

Best browsers to keep you anonymous online

Best browsers to keep you anonymous online


Worried you’re being watched on the web? We test five browsers to see which ones offer the most secure and hassle-free route to browsing the web in private. [Compared] Best browsers to keep you anonymous online


Brave | brave.com

Best browsers to keep you anonymous online

What we liked:

Brave immediately looks and feels familiar because it’s built using Chromium, the same Google-developed open-source browser framework that powers Chrome.

Brave’s icons have a different design, but if you click the menu button, for example, you can’t help but notice how the core structure of Chrome has barely changed.

This essentially makes Brave feel like the Chrome browser you’re already comfortably familiar with, except that it comes preinstalled with a strong collection of enhancements to counter the internet’s privacy-invading tactics.

Brave’s defences are mainly concerned with advertising.

The browser does a competent job of blocking ‘third-party’ ads and cookies –where information about your activities on one site can be tracked through to another –but doesn’t disable ‘useful’ cookies, such as shopping baskets and preference settings.

You can easily adapt the level of protection from a panel within the browser’s standard settings page. As well as avoiding some of the

tracking that goes on while you traverse the web, this has the added benefit of speeding things up.

There’s no question that skipping the adverts makes pages download more quickly –there’s simply less data to process.

However, this alone wouldn’t be enough to win our Gold Award, largely because the Tor Browser can do so much more for your privacy than block ads.

Brave acknowledged this itself last summer and added a new ‘private window with Tor’ option, which is accessible from the main menu.

This means that when you want to browse in the utmost privacy, where even your ISP can’t track you, Brave offers it at the flick of a switch. Brilliant.

How it can be improved:

Not everything feels right about Brave. For example, it operates a reward system that waves through approved ads and lets you tip websites you like, though at the time of writing this isn’t quite finished.

How comfortable you are with this ‘ransom-style’ business model –where Brave guards the gateway to your ads and takes its cut from advertisers it lets through–is down to personal preference.

It’s not as altruistic a privacy guardian as Tor, for example.

OUR Conclusion:

Brave’s two-tier security covers all your private-browsing needs.

Its standard mode is like Chrome on steroids, familiar but fast –because it skips downloading cumbersome adverts.

For times when you want your browsing to maintain maximum privacy, Brave offers a quick and convenient switch to Tor.

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TorBrowser | bit.ly/torbr467

Best browsers to keep you anonymous online

What we liked:

If you take your private browsing extremely seriously, head straight for the TorBrowser.

This robustly private browser isn’t just about ad-blocking (though it does that, too)–its aim is to totally maintain your privacy from the moment you launch it.

Tor hides your tracks from even your ISP, by encrypting site requests at source and bouncing encrypted data through anonymous, voluntarily run servers.

Think of it as a VPN that’s open-source and run like a peer-to-peer network, rather than by an individual company. Tor browser is based on Firefox but

Has the Tor technology built in, so you can perform private browsing sessions without having to install Tor separately or use it across everything you do on the internet.

How it can be improved:

The main drawback with Tor is that it slows down your web surfing.

This is an acceptable nuisance when privacy is essential but is arguably unnecessary for everyday web browsing.

But unlike our Gold Award winner Brave, the Tor Browser doesn’t let you switch it off.

OUR Conclusion:

All the encrypting and bouncing of data around its servers means that Tor-Browser is very private but it can suffer from being slow.

Because of this, and the fact that Brave now offers the same tool as an option you can effortlessly slip in and out of, Tor Browser misses out on our Gold Award.


Epic PrivacyBrowser | www.epicbrowser.com

Best browsers to keep you anonymous online

What we liked:

There’s something ironic about a privacy browser that encourages you to enter your email address in order to stay updated on its development,

but that’s what you see if you download Epic Privacy Browser from its own website. Once it’s installed, however, the privacy starts in earnest.

Ads are blocked by default, though we found a few sites that snuck them under Epic’s radar but were successfully spotted by Brave and Tor.

Epic has its own proxy servers built in, so you can make it look as if you’re visiting a website from another country, should you wish to circumvent regional restrictions.

There are nine proxy locations available, Including two in the US.

How it can be improved:

The version of Chromium used by Epic Privacy Browser still has trapezoid tabs rather than the rectangular ones introduced in Chrome version 69 in September last year.

This must mean that Epic is running a browser that’s at least five months out of date, which is a bit worrying.

OUR Conclusion:

Epic appears to be falling behind in private browsing, seemingly based on an outdated version of Chromium and failing to keep up with implementing Tor for maximum privacy.

If you like the browser and still want Tor, however, you could always install it separately.


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Some other Better Browsers


LibreFox Link :

This is a version of Firefox that has had some of the basic privacy leaking elements switched off and a selection of add-ons included.

Although it saves you the hassle of doing it yourself, there’s nothing here that you couldn’t recreate with your own choice of privacy add-ons, if you already have a few favourites.

Iridium iridiumbrowser.de :

Iridium is a stripped-down version of Chrome that has all the unpleasant privacy-exposing bits of the basic browser removed.

That’s only half the story, though. It doesn’t make any efforts to block ads or hide your tracks, though you could do this with the usual privacy add-ons.

If you want to create your own privacy browser with your preferred add-ons, Iridium is a good starting point.

However, it isn’t the all-in-one solution that our award winners offer.


Incognito or Private Browsing modes:

Chrome, Firefox, Edge

Isn’t it enough that your existing browser already has a private browsing mode? Well yes, if you only want the local record of your browsing session deleted.

However, while you could use it to hide your browsing habits from your family, it won’t escape the all-seeing eyes of advertisers, your boss (if you’re online at work) or your ISP.

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