You might think that by enabling “Private browsing” you have everything in place for a private browsing experience, well due to a process know as “Fingerprinting,” a website can potentially identify a large amount of information about a user, even when using Private browsing mode. Due to how browsers are designed to work, there is not much that can be done to fully protect your privacy. Here is a list of 7 popular browsers in order of the most private.
Number one on the list is Tor, which uses a series of volunteer servers to send traffic through virtual tunnels rather than making a direct connection. Because of this, it does make browsing on Tor slower than any other browser and probably not a good choice for everyday browsing unless you really need to cover your tracks.
Next up is Brave, a good choice for everyday browsing with a greater level of privacy. The great thing about Brave is it will block tracking and advertising scripts by default. On some websites that can shave seconds of page loading times and subsequently increase the amount of time you get to spend on other things than waiting for a website to load. If you pay for data, it will also save you money by using Brave.While it is good for privacy it has received some concerns that it is not as secure as some others on the list.
A nice lightweight browser that also includes a built in ad-blocker and VPN.
4. Internet Explorer and Edge
Microsoft has made big steps towards greater privacy with recent compliance with GDPR and greater user controls towards privacy settings. They have also now turned off by default a highly intrusive web tracking technology called WebRTC.
Although it is possible to disable WebRTC in Firefox, it is turned on by default. Another problem with WebRTC is that it can leak your actual IP even when using a VPN.
Safari is a bit too integrated with the Apple ecosystem with over sharing of data many people would not be comfortable with. Apple has made some great steps towards greater privacy with GDPR compliance.
Last on this list due to the fact Chome is tightly integrated with Google’s data collection tactics and also has WebRTC enabled by default.