Each website visit yields valuable data, sold to marketers so targeted ads can follow us around the web — unless you’re using the right browser. But what’s the best browser for privacy? There are myriad options other than Chrome or Safari if you’re concerned about online privacy and security.
If you aren’t mindful of your browsing data, you should be. We use our browsers for everything from banking to social media to email to online shopping, and a lot of sensitive data gets shared. We should be mindful of where that information is going, who can see it, and how (or if) our data is stored.
Because our data is the main source of profit for big tech, they’re incentivised to collect as much of it as possible, which they then sell to advertisers. Marketers then target us with ads, which follow us around the web for days or weeks at a time. Privacy-focused browsers can cut most or all of that intrusive data collection out of the online experience.
Even with cookies blocked, browser fingerprinting can still create a snapshot of your online behaviour. In the wrong hands, that can be used to identify or impersonate you, even though companies claim to anonymise collected user data. Even if bad actors don’t get into your bank account, they may get enough info to commit identity theft.
The best browsers for privacy depends on your needs and know-how, but Firefox, Tor, and Epic all offer unique features and functions that will help keep your data private online. Test drive each to learn which is best for you and for which situations.
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