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Web Browsers and Search Engines

If you are not careful, advertisers, hackers, governments and corporations can follow your online activities click by click. What is the best way to prevent this? One method is to use a secure browser that allows you to reclaim your right to privacy by protecting your identity online.

Google - It’s the most generally used browser on the Internet.  It’s great – easy to use, fast… except for the fact Chrome collects data from all of its users.  Pretty much everything you do through Chrome is recorded, collected, saved, and used for targeted advertising.  NOT my choice.

In my opinion here is a list of the browsers I recommend for privacy.

Opera - has free VPN.  Only issue I have cannot remove Google search.  You can use their Speed Dial feature to use a different Search engine such as Duck Duck Go.

Brave - Brave is privacy-focused by default. It has a built-in script blocker and automatically upgrades connections to HTTPS.  Brave doesn’t auto-collect or sell user data and auto-blocks ad trackers with Brave Shield.  Brave has an awesome interface. It’s actually built on Chromium, the same source code used for Chrome, so it’s UI intuitive and not hard to set up.  It also loads most sites nearly 6x faster on any platform than other browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Safari!

Brave has a private Window and a Private tor Window.

Firefox - There’s plenty to like about Firefox. Unlike Chrome and Safari, Firefox is open source, which means anyone can examine their source code for anything sketchy.  It’s also updated frequently and has some useful customization options which let you set up different levels of privacy.  Firefox offers multiple layers of protection:

Duck Duck Go is a great search engine to use within your browser.  Free Fast and Private.  They now offer their own Web Browser.  This is the one I use.