Choosing a browser in 2019: Battle time for privacy
It seems that in the coming years we are waiting for a new stage in the browser wars - the battle for the confidentiality of users.Now users are thinking more and more about protecting their personal data and security during surfing on the network.In the latest version of Firefoxoption, Enhanced Tracking Protection is activated by default, and Apple continues to integrate the confidentiality of the function into its Safari browser.
Today we will talk about several browsers and programs that put the confidentiality of users in the first place in the list of their priorities.
Duckduckgo (Android, iOS, extension for browsers)
The ordinary user Duckduckgo is known only as a Google Search School, but this service also has its own mobile browser for Android and iOS.It not only provides safe surfing, but also gives a lot of information about what is blocked.
By default, the Duckduckgo browser includes the use of HTTPS.Each page is evaluated on how persistently it is trying to get user data.
To maintain the user anonymity, Duckduckgo blocks Cookie files (small text files that are formed during the work of the browser and are used for advertising targeting, tracking the interests of users, accounting for the number of shows).You can clean the tabs and data automatically at the end of each session or erase this data manually.And you can even install a timer for automatic removal of historia after a period of time.
But the Chrome and Firefox already have similar additions, so Duckduckgo browser does not cause much interest.If suddenly someone wants to use it, then this is a good choice to get good protection with minimal efforts.
Ghostery (Android, iOS, Expansion for Browser)
This application immediately after installation proceeds to block advertising and tracking cookies, which monitor what the user does on the network.
As in Duckduckgo mobile applications, the Ghostery browser shows the user which trackers are blocked, and how many surveillance tools are installed on the web site visited.
If it turns out that the site uses surveillance mechanisms, you can block all cookies for it, even if after that it will open with errors.
A separate ghostery plugin is released for all popular browsers.You can view the trackers on any membrane, and then block them yourself or automatically using this program.
The Ghostery app is operated on deeper and more advanced algorithms than Duckduckgo services.It can and should be used if you want to get additional control over pages and portals that collect personal data.
Tor Browser (Android, Windows, MacOS)
Tor Browser is a browser for "surfing on a network without surveillance or censorship."This is only one of the services of an anonymous Tor network that provides secure data transfer.And if you need maximum protection and anonymity on the Internet, then you cannot do without it.Unfortunately, the version for iOS has not yet been released.
In addition to an increased level of anonymity, this browser is very attentive to scripts and applets on sites.It also blocks all attempts at fingerprinting - a controversial technique that helps advertisers to recognize the unique characteristics of the user device on sites.
At the end of each session of work on the network, everything is erased, including cookies and the history of views in the browser.
Due to additional encryption and anonymity settings, Tor Browser works much more slowly than other browsers, but today this is the best means of anonymity on the network.With it, you can get access to the Internet in countries where it is blocked or limited for censorship reasons.
Brave (Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS)
Brave is a browser of the former developer of Mozilla Firefox Brendan Aika.His policy is that no one would follow the user and at the same time show him advertising.A very dubious idea.
Nevertheless, the default browser applications block advertising and sites that can collect all user data from cookies and scripts.
You can block trackers, scripts and attempts torsprinting, but unlike Duckduckgo and Ghostery, the browser gives a detailed description of blocked components.
Brave is also trying to fight phishing and forcibly uses HTTPS shifts where it is allowed.These measures provide a reasonable balance between simplicity and power.
Time will tell whether Brave will be able to create a respectful confidentiality advertising platform, it is already made payments for viewing advertising.You can also directly make small donations to the sites you like.
Firefox (Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS)
As we have already mentioned at the beginning of the article, Firefox now blocks cookies by default.It became easier to block access to the location of the user and the microphone of the laptop.
The most protected version of the program was released for the PC platform.
For even stronger protection against trackers and advertising blocking, there is a Firefox Focus application (for Android and iOS).This is a cut version of the Firefox browser, but if the speed and confidentiality are the main priorities, then this is definitely worth a try.
Firefox browser for desktop computers and mobile devices is a convenient and proven browser.This is the optimal solution to ensure confidentiality and convenience.There is a lot of what will please those who want to better control information about themselves, as well as all the usual functions of the browser (for example, support for extensions and password synchronization).
Safari (iOS, MacOS)
Apple continues to add to each new version of Safarifunctions aimed at combating the collection of information.Safari is already blocking cookies, as well as components of fingerprinting.
Security measures will become even more serious in the fall of 2019, when new versions of theios 13 and MacOS Catalina will be released.The browser will even warn the user if the password is too weak.
Safari becomes more protected after Apple's promises to collect as little information about its users as possible and store most of this information with encrypted scientific, and not on Apple servers.
Like most Apple products, Safari is convenient to use those who have several Apple devices at once - for example, you can easily switch between viewing on the iPhone and Mac.