What is a Safe Browser?
A safe browser is a web browser with extra security measures that help prevent unauthorized third-party activity while you’re surfing the web. These browsers have a white list, or a list of authorized programs and activities, and they prevent functions that are not on that approved list from starting up.
Why should I use a safe browser?
While you may be familiar with anti-spyware and antivirus software, which react after a threat becomes apparent, safe browsers prevent certain actions from happening in the first place, making it a very proactive way to stay safer on the internet.
Safe browsers help stop third-party tools, like cookies. Cookies collect your private information, like the websites you’ve visited, usernames and passwords and other tracking data. Safe browsers also don’t share your identity, like some of their less secure counterparts. Even if you use a VPN, you’re only hiding your IP address, location and the data in transit. Your browser can still expose your identity through leaks or browser fingerprinting.
This may sound a little scary, but luckily, you can use secure browsers along with a VPN to better protect your online identity.
Which browser should I choose?
There isn’t one perfect secure browser for everyone. Instead, each browser has its benefits. Take a look at some of our favorites below:
Firefox is a robust browser when it comes to both privacy and security. It is easily customizable and offers a lot of privacy features. Firefox is also updated regularly, which helps with threat management.
Google Chrome is a very intuitive internet browser. It is relatively easy to use and secure. Additionally, Google Chrome comes with built-in transparency protection. The safe browsing features warn users when they run into phishing or malware sites. This browser is optimized for multiple devices. However, Chrome does have built-in data collection tools, which sometimes slows it down.
Google Chromium is the open-source version of Google Chrome for people who want more control over their browser. Chromium does not contain the same proprietary code as Chrome does, so in some ways, it is easier to integrate third-party software. The Chromium browser does require manual updates, which can be challenging to maintain.
Brave has a smaller fanbase, but it takes security seriously. Each time you close Brave, it asks you what data you would like to delete. It has several beneficial features, such as HTTPS Everywhere and a script blocker. It’s highly customizable, so you can choose how secure and private you want to be.
Tor offers a highly secure browser option. In addition to having features like clearing all cookies when closed, Tor anonymizes you. It also provides integrated applications to ensure privacy, such as NoScript. Tor goes the extra mile to anonymize for your browsing, which only aids your privacy. Each feature has customizable options as well, which enhances the experience.
Does a secure browser keep me safe?
Even a secure browser does not guarantee security. Practicing good web hygiene is a great start, as is adding more layers of protection like McAfee® WebAdvisor, which can help mitigate the risks of malicious links and typos in addresses, while allowing you to continue using a preferred browser like Chrome or Firefox – so you can confidently browse, search, shop and live your life online.