As you like it or not, your web browser has become your online diary. Our research documents every thought, interest and desire that comes to mind. They are exposed to our stupid questions as well as our highly sensitive political inclinations and sexual preferences.
And you probably passed all this information to Google – one of the largest advertising companies in the world. The Webgigant has almost the monopoly on the western Internet search: Google Chrome uses 70 percent of the desktop browser, an increase of 13 percent in just three years.
Any search term you enter on Google is part of your online identity and helps to create a better profile of your interests. The result? They are more valuable to advertisers.
But that does not have to be that way. In the last few years, anti-tracking web browsers have increased that promise better protection of your privacy and reinvent the functioning of the online advertising ecosystem. There can be some compromise on the quality of the search results if you are looking for an answer that is not on the first page, but how often do you dare to go that far?
Courageous may be the The latest browser with improved privacy has big goals. Blockchain-based tokens are used as an alternative to traditional web advertising. The browser knows where users are spending their time online, and then can output their own Ethereum-based crypto currency tokens to content publishers.
Apart from the crypto aspect, the browser does not store where you were online, blocks and hides advertising trackers that follow you on the Internet, and has default settings that block plugins and potential malware. Brave is one of the few private browsers that has its own desktop version, instead of providing a plugin that enhances Chrome's settings.
Get it: iOS, Android, Desktop
Ghostery launched It is a browser extension that blocks and highlights the tracking of online advertising. The platform is available as a stand-alone browser for mobile devices, but as a plug-in for Chrome Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Safari.
It blocks advertising trackers, social media tracking tools and analytics tools, and provides detailed breakdowns of what each site you're visiting is happening. It belongs and is developed by the German company Cliqz, which also has its own web browser.
Receive it: iOS, Android, Browser Plugins
You may feel that using Tor is too annoying to justify your time. However, the Tor network, with its different levels of encryption and routing, is the best way to protect your identity online. In addition, the operation has become easier in recent years.
In May 2019, the first official Tor browser for Android was released after a long wait. This extends the iOS browser and the desktop version. Simply put, the Tor browser options are just like any other web browser and should be used that way – they just have vastly enhanced privacy and anonymity capabilities. It blocks trackers, tries to make all users appear the same, avoids local blocking of Internet service provider websites, and adds triple encryption to your traffic.
Get it: iOS, Android Desktop
DuckDuckGo is a search engine designed to defy Google's data-gathering methods. The browsers are available for mobile devices, but not for desktops (you'll need to install a Chrome extension for this).
The company's browsers enforce the use of encrypted HTTPS encryption, if possible, and block advertisers on the sites you visit. It also promises not to track your browsing history at all. Similar to Ghostery, DuckDuckGo maps the sites you visit to how often they track you. Using the websites with Privacy Grade features from A – F. Be warned: The company states that hardly any websites get an A rating.
Obtained: iOS, Android, or as a Chrome extension
FireFox has been around since 2002, but Mozilla, the foundation upon which the browser is based, tries to take it from others stand out by putting privacy first. This is most evident by the charged mobile browser FireFox Focus.
Focus automatically blocks ads with hidden cookie trackers and allows deleting all other cookies and browsing history with a button. Mozilla claims that because it blocks advertising, it will speed up your browsing. The disadvantage of Focus is that it is not available on your desktop. You will need the regular version of Firefox, which can block intrusive cookies, but this is not enabled by default.
Currently, Mozilla has stopped the development of Firefox Focus for Android. Instead, it is developing a completely reinvented version of its browser called Firefox Preview. This new version is not based on Google's underlying browser engine to support its operation.
Get it: iOS, Android
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