The Top Three Browsers for Security and Safety

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  • Protecting your information is of the utmost importance when using the internet.
  • One way you can increase your security is by using a browser that aims to protect you.
  • Here are three of the best choices.

Safari, Explorer, Chrome — these are some of the most popular internet browsers ever. But they’re not necessarily the safest.

With rates of cybercrime steadily rising,  you should arm yourself with all the tools you can. And there are browsers out there that were built with your security in mind.

The Top Three Internet Browsers for Security

Before we begin the list, we must define what we mean by ‘security’ in this context. Generally speaking, we’re talking about which browsers protect your information, your privacy and take steps to keep you safe from security breaches. In no particular order, here are some of the best options:

  • Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox
Source: Mozilla

You probably weren’t expecting such a mainstream browser to kick off this list, but Firefox can be a very safe option. You just need to tweak it.

Within the browser’s settings, you can modify your Privacy and Security settings to ‘standard,’ ‘strict,’ or ‘custom.’ And there are plenty of guides online that can help you customize your settings.

For example, you can customize your settings to block “content that tracks the sites you visit and profiles you.”

You even have the option to make sure specific websites don’t track you.

There are numerous plug-ins, like Decentraleyes and uBlockOrigin, that can add extra layers of safety and security. Just make sure you use a trusted guide, as some modifications can cause some websites to become inaccessible or can slow download speeds.

If you like Firefox but want to up your security game even further, check out Tor Browser. It’s basically a fortified version of Firefox.

  • Brave

Brave
Source: Brave

Another branch of the Firefox tree, Brave was founded in 2016 by former Mozilla head Brenden Eich. As part of its standard protection features, Brave protects against ‘fingerprinting,’ blocks trackers and ads, upgrades to HTTPS (which protects against eavesdropping and tampering), and has a built-in script blocker.

‘Fingerprinting’ is when sites scrape together specific information about you and your computer, which they use to create ads for you and can block you from identifying frauds or avoiding harmful bots, according to The Washington Post.

Brave also allows you to select what data you want to delete every time you close the app.

The browser has drawn criticism by including its own ads on websites while blocking ads from competitors.

But all in all, Brave is a good option. The browser fully transferred over to Chromium codebase, allowing easy use of Chrome extensions.

  • Epic Privacy Browser

Epic Browser
Source: Twitter

It’s all in the name. Security and privacy are this browser’s main goal. Unlike Mozilla, Epic defaults to the highest security setting. It may make some websites inaccessible, but if you’re serious about security, this could be the browser for you.

Epic deletes all traces of history as soon as the app is exited. All third-party cookies are blocked. It hides your IP address, making a VPN unnecessary.

It claims to block 600+ tracking attempts per session, in addition to blocking ads and fingerprinting.

While these browsers might be some of the safest and most secure, none can guarantee safety.

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Author:
Aaron Weaver is the Head of Content for Hacked.com. He has over 15 years of journalism experience. As a tech-savvy editor and researcher, he prides himself on journalistic integrity by providing cutting edge data backed by the latest science.