What are the most secure web browsers?

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The most popular browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari) have evolved over the years to improve the user experience and make web browsing more secure. Nevertheless, these browsers remain sources of vulnerability for the integrity of your machine or your data. There are others that are more “secure” but also more restrictive. Some of them are quite connoted since they are used for criminal purposes on the Darknet, the hidden side of the web. It is a parallel world where everything is possible from arms trafficking to paedophilia, prostitution and so on. However, owning such software does not make you a criminal. These programs help you maintain a high level of anonymity, without leaving any traces and with fewer vulnerabilities than regular browsers, that’s what interests the bad guys.

Web browsing: what are the usual vulnerabilities?

Browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera and soon Edge, can be customized, improved with additional modules (plugins). There are a plethora of plugins, and as far as security is concerned, not all of them are optimally tested and introduce new vulnerabilities into your browsers. There are also unwanted toolbars, but also Flash and Java languages which are a blessing for hackers.

Due to the number and diversity of these possibilities, it is almost impossible for a developer to test his browser against all threats. The users we are suffer as a result.

How to surf safely?

For safer navigation, you need to adopt the right reflexes before you even consider using more secure tools, which can be very restrictive and complicate your user experience.

1. The first thing to do is not to expose yourself. By using poor passwords and/or saving them in unsecured password management plugins, you expose both your privacy and your data (those in our cloud services for example).

2. Be careful when browsing some sites rich in fake ads, false virus alerts and fake software (torrent and warez sites for example). By downloading potentially malicious files you may damage your computer.

Example of a false alarm

3. Have a good antivirus and a good firewall: the B-A-BA!

These solutions have their limits, and to go even further, you can opt for the radical solution of the secure browser.

Epic Privacy Browser

It is a web browser based on Chromium (Chrome’s open source project) with which it is possible to surf with a minimum of trace on the web. You will not be anonymous, but almost. Indeed, the software does not record any navigation data (search, history, third party cookies, etc.). Epic Privacy Browser works by default with the HTTPS protocol. This is a more secure version of the usual HTTP protocol that you see at the beginning of the site addresses.

TOR Browser

TOR browser is known to be used by journalists or users who wish to bypass censorship in some countries where freedom of expression is severely abused. Unfortunately, the software is also used for criminal purposes on the Darknet as we pointed out in the intro. It is probably the most secure web browser. All the elements of your navigation are automatically encrypted (encrypted) to guarantee your anonymity. As with Epic Privacy Browser, your behavior is not tracked, which means for example that your visual space will not be polluted by targeted ads.


Comodo

Comodo exists in three versions: two inspired by Chrome and Firefox and one original. All three versions guarantee you increased safety in navigation. Indeed, the browser integrates tools that analyze and detect suspicious movements on the sites. Phishing devices, worms, trojans, domain names are among the elements permanently scanned by Comodo. Here are the three versions of the software to download for free from the Software Library: ,Comodo Chromodo, Comodo Dragon, Comodo Ice Dragon.

Dooble

Not to be confused with Dooble, the flagship mood game. In this browser, the secure HTTPS protocol is also included. Dooble works by default in a mode similar to the private browsing of Firefox or Chrome. The application requires a password to start and shows you which data is being tracked by the sites. If its interface lacks a little intuitiveness for daily use, this browser remains an excellent alternative for those who are concerned about their security on the web.


In the end, you have several free solutions at your disposal, it is up to you to choose the one that best matches your Internet user profile. To improve your privacy and surf in complete anonymity, you can also hide your IP address with VPN software such as Cyberghost or Windscribe. Note that using this type of software will slow down the speed of your internet connection, and yes, we can’t have it all!

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