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Most popular secure web browsers in 2020

Vira Derii, about Guides

One of the most frequently asked questions is: which browsers are the most secure? Taking into consideration that a browser is a tool used to surf the Internet, it should be chosen carefully.

However, many of the most popular Internet browsers have one significant drawback: poor user privacy protection. If you want to improve your data security against cybercriminals and remove intrusive or offensive advertisements - keep reading this article.

  1. Google Chrome

Pros: Google Chrome is the leader among web browsers. It offers safe surfing that warns of possible threats when opening phishing or malicious websites, has an incognito mode, and also offers manual privacy settings and automatic updates.

Cons: Google collects data about its users - tracks the user's steps and clicks.

2. Mozilla Firefox

Pros: Mozilla Firefox, better known as Firefox, is also one of the most popular and easy-to-use browsers in the world. This browser contains tracking protection that blocks tracking components on websites that you visit as well as built-in anti-fingerprinting. Another benefit of Firefox is that users can maximize their privacy while using the Tor-network. In addition, Mozilla's developers have fixed many security vulnerabilities in the latest update. The Linux sandboxing function also prevents hacking attempts.

Cons: disadvantages in terms of user safety are absent.

3. Safari

Pros: Safari includes useful privacy and security measures to protect users from cyber threats; an intelligent tracking system that identifies advertisers and a malicious website warning that is displayed before visiting a potentially dangerous or infected website. In addition, the browser has a private browsing function that prevents your browsing-related information from being collected and saved.

Cons: Safari is more vulnerable to cybercriminals due to bugs and security vulnerabilities.

4. Tor Browser

Pros: Tor is one of the most popular browsers among those users who strive for maximum anonymity on the web. With Tor, internet users can browse websites anonymously. The program hides your IP address, your location, and browsing information and also uses several levels of encryption so that no one can see your online activities.

Cons: poor performance and a little bit of difficulty to use, but no security flaws.

5. Opera

Pros: A user who connects to the Internet via Opera has access to Internet resources while maintaining anonymity. Opera is another search tool that can be assigned to the "safest browsers". Since 2016 it contains an integrated adblocker. However, the ad-blocking feature is disabled by default and users have to manually enable it through Opera settings. The developers were also able to provide users with better privacy by adding an integrated virtual private network (VPN).

Cons: The browser collects some information about the users and can pass it on to trustworthy partners.

6. Waterfox Pros

Pros: Waterfox is a Firefox version that is compatible with the browser extensions and offers better privacy protection. All browser information is deleted after each session. Waterfox is equipped with protective mechanisms to automatically block hidden trackers that collect information about displayed pages. As such, you can protect your privacy while also speeding up the loading of pages.

Cons: The only problem with Waterfox is that updates are extremely rare. This could theoretically lead to security problems.

7. Epic Privacy Browser

Pros: Epic, like Chrome, is an open-source browser. An important feature of Epic is that at the end of each session all cookies are automatically deleted so that information about your online activities is not passed on to third-party websites. The main reason for including Epic in a list of one of the most secure browsers is that it only works in private browsing mode and the anti-tracking feature is on by default. The only information it is interested in is the IP address "to get search results that have geographic significance".

Cons: The main disadvantage of the browser is the lack of ability to install add-ons yourself. Their developers justify this on the grounds of user privacy, as extensions are one of the biggest dangers that put it at risk.

8. Brave

Pros: In December 2018, Brave completely switched to the Chromium code base, making it easier for users to port their Chrome extensions, although one should be careful about what data third-party extensions collect. Brave has several features that keep your online activities private. On the one hand, these are the standard ad blocker, which also prevents ads from tracking your online behavior, and, on the other hand, the function of protecting unencrypted websites with HTTPS if necessary. The security settings allow you to choose what data you want to delete when you close the application (including HTTPS) and not download scripts.

Cons: no security gaps.

Are safe browsers safe enough?

No matter how secure your browser is, it cannot completely anonymize you. Thereby, we recommend you to ensure the maximum possible protection for your online activities. It's very simple - just install a VPN service and protect your devices. OVPN only uses high-quality hardware and gives high priority to ideal technical framework conditions in order to offer its users the highest level of protection.

Vira Derii