Online security is something that everyone really cares about. Most of the browsers claim big in terms of their security features, but not all glitter is gold. Yes, we can definitely tweak settings of most popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, but still, there are many controls that are not within our reach. Many of these browsers do indulge in data collection for websites. They are secure in most ways, of course; however, they cannot provide a hundred percent assurance.
And then there are some “specialized” browsers that are created with a notion to keep your privacy intact. Heads up, though, as we cannot guarantee that these browsers have unmatched privacy features, but they do offer a good service. They are not as swanky and appealing to the eyes as the widely used browsers out there, but privacy requires a little settling. We have compiled a handpicked list of such specialized security-centric browsers that serve the purpose for those who do not want to compromise on their privacy.
Epic privacy browser
Epic browser literally gets rid all the unwanted features that a regular browser provides as a complimentary service. Its interface looks more like a mellow version of Google Chrome. The browser gers rid of cookies and trackers at the end of each session. All the searches done in the browser are channeled or rather proxied through Epic’s own servers which leaves zero chances for the IP address to be connected to a search. The browser also gives more power to SSL connections which acts as a better guard for open WiFi connections.
Most importantly, Epic does not collect user data and also features an excellent ad-block system. For a fully encrypted Internet connection, it provides a one-tap proxy feature that reduces browsing speed. In the long run, the proxy feature will be really effective in terms of privacy management. On another sweet note, Epic does not bundle malware or anti-phishing that has become common on various mainstream browsers these days.
Comodo Dragon/Ice Dragon
Comodo continues to enhance its Dragon secure browser by foraying into two versions: Chromium Dragon and Firefox Ice Dragon. The two versions are a mix of standard browser features without any redundant tools that pose no use. The versions can be chosen depending on whether you prefer Google Chrome or Firefox. Both versions render unmatched service for transporting existing data from Chrome and Firefox, such as plug-ins, saved passwords, and favorites/bookmarks.
The top feature in the browser is its ability to let you choose whether to use Comodo’s SecureDNS servers or not. The SecureDNS service does come in handy in maintaining privacy and security. It might not be as secure if you choose to let go of Comodo’s ISP systems. The system also protects users through domain filtering which filters problem-causing domains that are plagued by malware. Another cool feature in Comodo browsers is “virtualized mode” that segregates it from the host system. This feature is absolutely free. However, you will need to install Internet Security (CIS), which is a free version of Comodo’s antivirus software. Not everyone would be willing to install an anti-virus software, but it would be better if they do. Nevertheless, Comodo is also equipped with SiteInspector which is a system responsible for filtering suspicious URLs.
Having listed all the good stuff, Comodo also has its own set of shortcomings. The browser does provide similar functioning as any mainstream browser out there, but it could use a bit of simplicity and create its own niche.
Tor is not going through a good period right now; nonetheless, its services still remain up-to-date. The browser is best suited for those who are looking to shield their anonymity and secrecy from the most-visited websites. It also keeps you safe from spiteful cookies, trackers, and ads. To give you a heads up about how Tor works, it maps your traffic in a set of relays intended to keep your original identity and computer anonymous. The browser is not flawless, and it unquestionably has its disadvantages. But for those who just want to keep their identity as anonymous, Tor is an ideal browser.
Tor is based on Firefox, open source, and comes pre-configured to access the Tor network. A considerable amount of built-in plug-ins and services that come pre-bundled with Firefox open-source have been disabled or removed in Tor. It’s important to keep the rowser settings as is or else you may end up giving away your personal data to websites.
Tor is available to download for Windows, OS X, Linux, and in other portable forms. To sum it up, Tor is a good browser for surfing the Internet when using an untrusted system. It keeps your identity preserved and also lets you browse the sites that have content-filtering or blocks. The browser also keeps your real location sexert from other sites. However, you should keep in mind that Tor is essentially a privacy browser, not security. It is designed with a view of protecting physical and digital privacy, not security and encryption. It clears your browsing data of all your information as soon as you leave the network.
These are the top suggestions for the best browsers for online security. If you have others that you feel as just as good, please comment below and let us know.