Several reports suggest that, browsers developed and owned by tech companies have privacy concerns. This includes browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. Not many know that Google supported the NSA’s PRISM mass surveillance act. According to security experts, Google collects the user data from Chrome for the behavioral study.
Majority of Google’s revenue comes from customized ads that it sells to everyday users. The Chrome browser also offers ‘user-controlled’ privacy settings. Microsoft’s Internet browser collects and mines data in similar manner as Google. Opera has also stated that it collects the personal data of users. You can trust Safari to an extent but, even Apple participated in NSA’s PRISM program.
According to the January 2018 statistics, here are the the most popular web browsers:
1. Google Chrome 58.4%
2. Safari 15.3%
3. Firefox 9.1%
4. Internet Explorer and Edge 7.8%
5. Opera 3.9%
If you want to choose security over popularity, you can opt for one of the following secure browsers that can help in keeping your data safe.
Tor (The Online Router) is a secure network created with simple objective of anonymity and security. The browser was developed after a substantial increase in security issues were observed by users around the world. It has a distributed network relay that protects you from third party tracking.
This privacy browser does not use an independent network but it immediately disables common elements that can put your data at risk. The chromium-browser offers same simplicity and speed as Chrome. It does not allow third party cookies and doesn’t save your history. Epic browser uses encrypted proxy to hide your IP address.
Another Chromium- based browser that is known for privacy and security. While it doesn’t match Epic and Tor, its special features make your browsing secure and private. The browser offers superior speed with encrypted tunneling to ensure secure traffic. The browser offers SSL and domain verification. Comodo has customizable add-ons and plugins.
This is one of the few security-focused browser that promises to protect data using different security protocols. The browser offers extensions, privacy settings, and customizable developer tools. Unlike Chrome, SRWare Iron Browser deletes privacy compromising functions.
This is an open source chromium-based browser. It supports Firefox and comes with pre-installed ad-blocker, script blocker, HTTPS functionality and WebRTC protection. The browser supports Mac, Linux and Windows OS.