Privacy has become one of the most interesting topics over the past years. People started to realize that their everyday devices are tracking their preferences so huge corporations can deliver targeted ads for each person.
And a lot of people were pissed. We never subscribed to this, but the companies found ways to do it anyway. Even with the GDPR in Europe, a lot of people’s data are put at risk only by browsing the web while using a non-privacy browser.
Chrome might be one of the fastest browsers out there, but it's certainly not the best one when we’re talking about privacy. Chrome’s privacy is there, but Google still collects data from you.
So, how can you protect yourself while surfing the internet? Well, the first way would be to choose a proper privacy-focused browser. Chrome is not one of them. In fact, it's probably the last on the list, as it's owned by Google. Below are 3 great alternatives that might replace Google Chrome for you.
3 Great Privacy focused browsers in 2020
Brave is probably the top choice for privacy browsers. Indeed, Brave it's built on Chromium ( which is an open-source version of the Chrome browser), but it's a lot more privacy-focused. Brave doesn’t store any data about your activity online. The data is kept private on our personal device.
And this is not all - Brave come prepared for blocking trackers. You don’t need to install any plugins or browser extensions to block ads - you can choose that you don’t want ads and Brave will comply with your request. Moreover, all the third-party and advertising related cookies are blocked. All the websites that you visit through Brave will be HTTPS - because of an option called HTTPS everywhere which is a built-in Brave browser.
Firefox quickly became the third most popular browser on the internet. Just behind Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari, Firefox has grown in the privacy sector a lot over the last 2 years.
They implemented advanced anti-fingerprinting and Enhanced Tracking Protection. These two options make it more difficult for party trackers to see what are your interests and what are you doing online.
However, it doesn’t automatically block ads. If Brave had this option and you could activate it or deactivate it as you wish, Firefox can have this only by using an extension.
However, Firefox launched Firefox Focus which has automatic adblocking. Unfortunately, that only works on Android as a minimalistic privacy browser.
3. Tor Browser
If you’re looking for the best privacy browser, this is it. Tor browser is based on the same engine as Firefox, but it was changed to run on the Tor network.
Whenever you’re using Tor, your traffic is encrypted three times and bounced between 3 Tor servers before it reaches the address that you want to visit. The encryption is done in a professional way, no server could know both your IP address or the website that you’re visiting. This way, it's really impossible for Tor to actually track your online data, what websites you visited and so on.
Each of these browsers has its advantages and disadvantages. You can try them all and see which one fits you. The speed of the browsers mentioned above is pretty good for each of them, so the only thing that you should care about while picking one of them is the security features that you need.