Epic privacy browser

Tor Browser

Developed by The Tor Project in 2002, and based on Firefox’s browser, Tor Browser was built for users to access the internet anonymously via the Tor network. Your activity and identity are masked by Tor, which encrypts your traffic in at least three layers by “bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays” selected from thousands of volunteer computers.

Read: A beginner’s guide to Tor

The good

Most of Tor’s updates follow Firefox’s bug fixes and security patches. The updates are incredibly important to prevent anyone from exploiting bugs and security flaws in older versions of the Tor Browser.

The Tor Browser’s privacy is aided very much by its security—no one watching your connection can track your internet activity, nor can they identify you unless you explicitly identify yourself. Additionally, Tor does not track your browsing history and clears your cookies after every session. Tor also protects users from sites that try to fingerprint browsing history with its integration of NoScript. Based on tests of unique browser fingerprinting, only Tor can reduce the uniqueness of your fingerprint.

As we mentioned in our review of the Tor Browser, the process of bouncing your data through several relays makes it incredibly difficult for anyone to trace you and your activity. It’s not completely secure, as an FBI bust on the infamous Silk Road marketplace proved, but unless you’re running a high-profile and illegal operation on the Tor network, it’s unlikely that resources will be spent tracking down your browsing habits.

The bad

The Tor browser may actually be secure to a fault: Internet speed is likely to be affected as it routes traffic over three different hops through the Tor network, and it may break some sites because of its NoScript feature.

Be aware that law enforcement and ISPs can see who uses Tor, even if they don’t know what you’re doing on it. For maximum security, connect to a VPN first, and then start up the browser.

Read: How to combine Tor with a VPN

Would we recommend this browser? Yes. Just be careful about how you use it, like with any other browser.

The last step to secure and private browsing

As we’ve seen, each of these browsers has its respective strengths and weaknesses—including potentially tracking your web traffic and selling it to third parties.

And try as they might to give you a secure and private browser experience, the only way to protect all of your device traffic (from your ISP, for instance) is to use a VPN.

Instead of fiddling with customized browser settings, all you need to do is hit “connect,” and let our VPN safeguard your security and privacy as you enjoy the internet—from any device.

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  • Разработчик: Hidden Reflex.
  • Кодовая база: Chromium.
  • Поддерживаемые платформы: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS.

Творение индийских разработчиков, получившее широкое признание в IT-кругах благодаря переработанному вдоль и поперёк программному коду Chromium, из которого удалены все компоненты, с помощью которых можно отследить действия пользователя. В Epic Privacy Browser нет привязки к сервисам Google, нет всевозможных идентификаторов, меток и сбора телеметрии, нет информационных и поисковых подсказок в адресной строке, поддержки DNS Prefetching, DNS Cache и прочих проявляющих сетевую активность ненужных модулей — всё это убрано в угоду обеспечению максимальной конфиденциальности пользователя в интернете. Для пущей безопасности браузер не сохраняет историю веб-сёрфинга и автоматически очищает кешированные данные при закрытии вкладок. В дополнение к этому в обозревателе реализована система Do Not Track, которая на лету блокирует трекеры, cookie-файлы, поведенческие анализаторы и прочий сетевой контент, позволяющий отслеживать пользовательскую активность.

Не осталась без внимания индийских гуру кодинга поддержка расширений, которая в Epic Privacy Browser сведена к минимуму. Исключение сделано лишь для собственного магазина Epic Web Store со скромным ассортиментом, в котором практическую ценность представляют только два расширения — AdBlock для вычистки рекламных баннеров и Encrypted Proxy VPN Service для быстрой настройки защищённых каналов передачи данных посредством технологии виртуальных частных сетей. Не густо, но для создания дополнительного рубежа защиты от слежки вполне достаточно.

How to Further Secure Your Privacy on a Web Browser

Let’s face it – using a browser that automatically erases your data every time you exit it can be annoying. You have to type in your login credentials on websites every single time – not to mention you have to remember or copy website addresses in a doc.

So, it becomes tempting to just use a single browser and stay logged into all your accounts on it.

Well, if you do that, you make it easier for websites to track your browsing habits, and link them to your online identity.

That’s where browser compartmentalization into play. Basically, that means you’d use a different browser for a different activity.

For example, you’d only use one secure browser to access your online accounts and look up private stuff online, and another average browser for standard online browsing.

Other things you can try include:

  • Using virtual machines – Basically, you would emulate a fresh OS (ideally a Linux one) on your existing OS, and access the web through a secure browser installed on it.
  • Using password managers – Having a browser save your passwords can be risky, especially since many browser store passwords in cleartext. Using a password manager like PSONO, Bitwarden, or solves that issue.

A note about local certificate issuers

Some connections can be certified by certificates from local issuers, either from apps on your machine or other non-public sources (such as a local intranet). These issuers can be used to verify secured connections in the browser. Most of these connections are valid. For example, debugging applications, third-party security scanning, and parental filters may rely on locally-issued certificates.

Connections certified by certificates from local issuers aren’t screened by the same security standards as publicly-known issuers and certificates. Such screening is too strict and may not allow connections to work as intended. Malware or viruses may use these certificates to view encrypted information or inject ads.

If you wish, you can configure Opera to warn you about public sites that use certificates from local issuers. If you continue to browse on these connections, be aware that some security measures, such as certificate pinning and Certificate Transparency, will be disabled for all such connections during your browsing session.

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Mozilla Firefox

Of all the browsers featured in this ranking, Firefox is the only one that is developed by a nonprofit organization, Mozilla. The browser is well known for its customizability and has long been a favored alternative to its brethren from Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

The good

Firefox does not update as frequently as Google Chrome, but it does at least update within a regular timeframe. Given that the Mozilla Foundation is a nonprofit, it’s impressive to see its coding volunteers constantly working to ensure Firefox is loaded with the latest security and browsing features within weeks.

Firefox offers a suite of security features that any internet user will appreciate: phishing and malware protection, blocking reported attack websites/web forgeries, and warning users when a site is trying to install add-ons.

Firefox is relatively lightweight, compared with its competitors. In keeping with the times, Firefox features “Content Blocking,” allowing users to block all trackers the browser detects. Firefox also provides users with the option to compartmentalize their browsers, preventing platforms like Facebook from tracking your activity outside of Facebook.

But most important, Firefox is the only widely used web browser that is completely open-source. Anyone can examine Firefox’s source code, making sure there are no sketchy elements (like tracking software) baked into the final product.

While Mozilla does heavily emphasize its default settings and the fact that it provides “strong privacy protection from the moment install,” you can still customize a fairly detailed list of privacy and security settings, which include features like the ability to block cookies and third-party trackers and the level of security that you want.

The bad

Nothing, really. Firefox is quite a secure and private browser, you just need to manually customize it so that it is.

Would we recommend this browser? Yes.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has been keen to make Edge the browser of choice among Windows users, having retired Internet Explorer. Since its launch in 2015, Edge has expanded beyond Windows 10 to more operating systems, including Mac, Android, and iOS.

Microsoft clearly wants this browser to have the edge on its predecessor in terms of page load speeds, but what about its security and privacy?

The good

This year Microsoft made a significant shift in Edge’s design—as of January 2020, the browser is Chromium-based, which means part of its code is open-source. The browser itself updates its software at least once a week, mainly consisting of security updates. We can’t overstate enough how important it is to update your apps and devices even if it’s tedious to do so. It’s good to see that Edge is coming out with regular updates to patch security issues.

Microsoft has also rolled out Automatic Profile Switching, which is supposed to help switch between your work and non-work accounts easily.

The bad

A fundamental flaw in Edge’s security came to light this year, when security researchers revealed that Edge “send persistent identifiers than can be used to link requests (and associated IP address/location) to backend servers.”

A company spokeswoman told ZDNet that “Microsoft Edge sends diagnostic data used for product improvement purposes, which includes a device identifier. On Windows, this identifier enables a single-click ability to delete the related diagnostic data associated with the device ID stored on Microsoft servers at any time (from Windows settings), something which is not offered by all vendors.”

She added: “Microsoft Edge asks for permission to collect diagnostic data for product improvement purposes and provides the capability to turn it off at any later point. This diagnostic data may contain information about websites you visit. However, it is not used to track your browsing history or URLs specifically tied to you.”

Regardless, such data collection can reveal much about the user’s identity, and not much can really be done about it.

You can see more on what Edge collects here, but the fact that the browser can identify your device alone is worrisome, and we’d avoid using it.

Would we recommend this browser? No.

What Defines “Most Secure Browser?”

“A web browser that protects your privacy and secures your data” sounds nice, but is a bit too vague.

For starters, a secure browser would include safety features like:

  • Download protection from phishing websites.
  • URL filtering to prevent accidental access to malicious websites.
  • Warning users they are accessing an unsecured website (uses HTTP instead of HTTPS).
  • Access to non-tracking options.

Many browsers offer that nowadays, though, so to find the most secure Internet browser, you also need to make sure you get things like open-source code, limited logging, a policy that makes it clear the browser won’t sell your data to advertisers, ad-blocking by default, and browser fingerprinting protection (just to name a few examples).

Why Do You Need to Use the Best Private Browser?

Pretty simple – to protect your privacy and make sure nobody can exploit it for profit.

Internet browsers collect a ton of info about you – what websites you visit, what files you download, personal information (name, address, phone number, etc.) for autofill information, and device-related data through cookies and trackers.

Well, if you don’t care about using a privacy-oriented browser, a web browser could share all that information with third-party advertisers for a profit.

If that happens, you should start getting used to getting spammed with ads about stuff you googled a few seconds ago.

What’s more, cybercriminals could get their hands on that information by exploiting security vulnerabilities. Browsers could also leak your data through faulty extensions, WebRTC leaks (all Chromium-based browsers are vulnerable to them), and browser fingerprinting.

Comodo Dragon

Comodo Dragon, пожалуй, самое раскрученное решение для безопасного серфинга в сети после Tor Browser. Dragon претендует на роль универсального решения для тех, кому неохота ждать по полчаса, пока запустится Tor.

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Репутация Comodo однажды серьезно пострадала — когда в 2016 году компанию уличили в том, что ее продукты без спроса ставили на компьютеры VNC-сервер.

На самом деле чуваки из Comodo сделали целых два секьюрных браузера с одним и тем же набором функций, но на разных движках: Comodo Dragon на платформе Chromium и Ice Dragon на базе Firefox. Среди заявленных возможностей — встроенная защита от малвари, использование безопасных DNS, блокировка cookies и валидация доменов для борьбы с фишингом.

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Если вы дошли до данных строк, то знайте, что это еще не все. Нам нужно установить некоторые расширения для браузера. Приведу лишь несколько, которыми сам пользуюсь и по этой причине могу порекомендовать их вам. Первый плагин это – Privacy Possum, второй – User-Agent Switcher and Manager, и третий AdBlocker. На этом сегодня все. Как видите, работы мы проделали много, но к полной анонимности это не приведет. Но все же теперь браузер будет значительно меньше следить за нашими действиями в сети. Так же замечу, что некоторое настройки могут либо отсутствовать, либо уже быть изначально отключены. Тут многое зависит от версии самого браузера.

VPN

Normally, your browser connects directly to websites, allowing websites to identify your IP address and approximate location. With VPN, you connect to websites via a VPN (virtual private network) server. As a result, your apparent location changes to the location of the server. To enable VPN:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click Advanced in the left sidebar, and click Features.
  3. Under VPN, turn on Enable VPN.

When you enable VPN, it starts automatically, and a VPN  appears in the combined address and search bar. Click on the badge, and you will see an on/off switch, information about the amount of data transferred, the virtual location, and the virtual IP address.

From the point of view of websites, your browser is now located in the region given by the virtual location. To change your virtual location, select a region from the list. If you do not choose a region, you are automatically assigned an optimal location. To turn off VPN, flip the switch in the badge.

Because the connection from your browser to the VPN server is encrypted, even if the local network is not, VPN enhances your privacy on the local network. You can hide your browsing activities from other users of that network.

To enhance your privacy with regard to websites, making it more difficult for them to track you, you need a combination of features. The issue is . Even if you disguise your location, websites can still identify you if they have set a cookie. Notice, however, that by  you block the source of many tracking cookie. At the end of a  session, when you close the browser, all cookies from that session are deleted.

VPN is a free service, and the amount of data you are allowed to transfer is unlimited.

Opera

The creator of the CSS web standard, Hakon Wium Lie, developed Opera in 1995. The browser has since adopted much of Chromium’s code into its software and is now considered one of the more popular privacy-oriented browsers.

The good

The Opera browser has a built-in ad blocker and uses a tracker blocker that takes from the EasyPrivacy Tracking Protection List, which can help protect users from seeing ads and being tracked by advertisers and other websites. It bases part of its code on Chromium, which is open-source and therefore can be scrutinized.

The bad

As with Chrome, Opera’s default window will cache your data, and its Private one won’t—although you can tweak this in your settings to make it so in the default browser window.

While Opera does provide ways to customize your privacy and security, the opt-out method of securing and privatizing your browsing experience may not be appreciated by those more comfortable with browsers that provide it by default.

Opera also has a free built-in VPN that it bought in 2016. It’s a troubling addition to the browser, as it tracks bandwidth and logs usage, and Opera itself is owned by a company based in a country notorious for privacy violations. Browser beware.

Would we recommend this browser? No.

Browzar

Browzar is another private browser that you can use. There are a couple of unique things in this browser. First of all, its size is very small; less than 250KB! It achieves this by being based on IE, so it uses components of IE already installed on your PC, instead of a need to install a full fledged browser. Secondly, it provides private browsing, but not anonymity or protection for tracking. It basically does not keeps any history of browsing activity or cache files, and your complete browsing history is wiped out as soon as you close the browser, but it does not provide many features to stop websites from tracking you. So, if you are looking for anonymity, then this is not the browser for you.

Apart from this, it has some useful features, like, Boss button, secure deletion of all browsing data on exit (browsing history, cookies, temporary files, etc.), and blocking of download of ActiveX components.

Ideal use of this browser would be when you are doing some browsing on your PC, which you don’t want other users of that PC to know.
Overall speed of the browsing is quite good with it but, it block JavaScript of websites for security reasons. So, surfing Facebook or Gmail like websites through Browzar will be quite boring for you.

TOR Browser

Это самый знаменитый анонимайзер в сети. О браузере TOR знает каждый, кто хотя бы раз интересовался анонимностью в интернете. Программа поддерживает Windows, Mac и Linux. Работает TOR по принципу луковой маршрутизации. То есть, система работает с цепочками прокси-серверов, обеспечивая анонимное подключение к сети. Существует множество софта, позволяющего применять сеть TOR, но самым удобным и эффективным решением является TOR Browser. С каждым годом разработчики совершенствуют браузер, что положительно сказывается на его производительности.

Анонимность в сети достигается за счет передачи данных через разные сервера TOR. Это позволяет серфить в интернете, сохраняя свою анонимность, а также работать с TCP-протоколами. Пользуясь анонимным браузером, вам не придется вручную выставлять настройки для обеспечения конфиденциальности. Все параметры заданы по умолчанию.

Apple Safari

Safari is only available on Apple products now, but for a short while it was found on PCs. Safari is the default browser for Mac, but like Microsoft’s Edge it plays second fiddle to Google Chrome in its popularity.

The good

Safari prevents suspicious sites from loading and alerts you to the potential danger. By running web pages in a sandbox, Safari also prevents malicious code on one page from affecting the entire browser or accessing your data.

In the few years since Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) feature launched, the browser appears to have prevented websites from tracking users, making it difficult for advertisers to target. It also helps camouflage digital fingerprinting and prevents third-party sites from leaving data in your cache by default, helping you stay anonymous online. In addition, Safari offers a range of useful extensions to safeguard your privacy.

The bad

Like Chrome and Edge, Safari is not open-source, so outsiders can’t scrutinize any of its code. Safari updates are offered at very irregular intervals, which is surprising given that it’s made by the world’s largest technology company. When compared with its rivals, Safari updates much more slowly. Mac users are arguably exposed to fewer internet vulnerabilities than PC users, but the lower frequency is still troubling.

Researchers from Google’s Information Security Engineering team recently found several security issues in the above-mentioned ITP anti-tracking system, claiming ITP actually leaks Safari users’ web-browsing habits. Some of these issues were addressed in later Apple security updates, but that may not be enough to quell suspicions of the browser.

Would we recommend this browser? Not until we see an open-source version, and even then maybe not.

Ad blocker

In order to use Opera’s built-in ad blocker, the feature must first be enabled in your browser. To enable Opera’s ad blocker, or to turn off ad blocker:

  1. Open Opera and go to  (Alt+P)
  2. Under Privacy protection, click the switch next to Block ads…. This will enable Ad blocker.

The blue ad blocker badge  on the right side of the combined address and search bar shows that the feature is enabled.

Click the ad blocker icon to open the ad blocker pop-up window. In this window you can optionally disable ad blocker for the current website. You can also enable/disable the Tracker blocker, or click the gear icon to be taken to the settings page for ad blocker.

What’s the Most Secure Browser for Android?

Android comes with Google Chrome by default, and that’s obviously not a good option if you want great security and privacy.

Well, the good news is many of the browsers we mentioned above work on Android too: Brave and Firefox.

Besides that, you can also try out other options:

  • Firefox Focus – A more privacy-oriented Firefox browser. It blocks many online trackers by default, removes ads, and makes it simple to delete browsing history, cookies, and saved passwords.
  • CM Browser – A good browser if you really hate ads. It blocks pop-up ads, banner ads, and Javascript-powered ads. Besides that, it offers real-time malicious protection, protects your device from potentially malicious downloads, and erases your browsing data when exiting the app.
  • Private Browser/Incognito Browser – A browser that opens in incognito by default, so it offers a decent level of private browsing. It also has a built-in ad-blocker, offers secured browsing, and blocks website tracking.

What’s the Most Secure Browser for iPhone?

iPhone devices come equipped with Safari, but you’ve already seen that it isn’t exactly the best browser for privacy.

Luckily, you can easily get Brave on iTunes. Firefox is also available, and so is Firefox Focus.

Other options include:

  • Ghostery – A browser that gives you control over tracking options (allowing you to block any trackers you want). Ghostery also has a built-in ad-blocker, a built-in private search engine, and offers phishing protection.
  • Cliqz – A self-proclaimed “privacy browser” that provides anti-tracking technology, built-in anonymous quick search functions, anti-tracking options, phishing protection, and a native ad-blocker.
  • InBrowser – A user-friendly browser that automatically deletes your browsing history (including cookies) every time you exit the app. It also provides agent cloaking (tricking websites into thinking you’re using a different browser).

Whitelist a website in Opera’s ad blocker

Some websites request that you disable ad blocker so you can visit and fully enjoy their webpage. Instead of having to completely turn off Opera’s ad blocker to visit one site, you can whitelist the requesting website.

To do this, open the ad blocker pop-up window in the combined address and search bar and click the Turn off for this site button. This will disable ad blocker on that site. In the same popup, you can also enable/disable the Tracker blocker, or click the gear icon to be taken to the settings page for ad blocker.

Opera’s ad blocker pauses when you visit a whitelisted website and resumes when you navigate to another website, allowing for an uninterrupted browsing experience.

The whitelisted website’s domain is added to your ad blocking exceptions list. Read below to learn how to manage exceptions for Opera’s ad blocker.

Описание

Значок браузера Epic Privacy Browser похож на яркий леденец – только палочки снизу не хватает. Но любим он пользователями, конечно, не за это. Обозреватель, созданный на основе движка Chromium ориентирован, прежде всего, на защиту вашей конфиденциальности во время серфинга.

Для этого, правда, пришлось пожертвовать многим. В частности, Epic Privacy Browser не поддерживает никакие плагины, не сохраняет историю посещений и пароли, очищает историю, не переводи автоматически страницы на язык «по умолчанию». Даже такая мелочь, как подсказки адресной строки, полностью отсутствует. Создается стойкое ощущение, что вы постоянно сидите в браузере в режиме Инкогнито.

Зато в браузер вшит инструмент Do Not Track, который блокирует web-аналитику, рекламные сети, запросы социальных сетей. Зачем? Чтобы невозможно было проследить вашу активность в интернете.

В Epic Browser встроен так же прокси-сервер, который после активации поменяет ваше местоположение во всех поисковых системах на США, Нью-Джерси. Так что у Яндекса с Гуглом нет никаких шансов сопоставить запросы пользователя с его реальным IP-адресом. Заодно и на сайты, которые заблокированы в вашей стране по тем или иным причинам, можно заглянуть.

Имеется здесь и уже встроенный блокировщик рекламы Adblock, который будет отсекать все лишние элементы со страниц.

Заключение

Epic Privacy Browser – очередная реализация браузера на платформе Chromium, который ориентирован на защиту конфиденциальности пользователя в Интернете. Epic Privacy Browser не поддерживает плагины, не ведет историю посещений и блокирует сторонние куки.

С помощью одного нажатия можно перейти на встроенный прокси для сокрытия действительного IP-адреса. Epic придерживается концепции «Do Not Track» и активно блокирует рекламные сети, плагины социальных сетей и системы веб-аналитики, которые следят за вашей активностью в сети. Все это- повод скачать Epic Privacy Browser бесплатно и установить себе на компьютер.

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