Although everyone has their favourite browser to use on a daily basis. This could because they find them faster for page loading.
Or they offer better security, and they can be extended by using the many numerous extensions that are available.
Breaking away from using your browser can take you out of your comfort zone, but you might find the browser you are using isn’t the best, and in many cases, it isn’t the most secure.
When we compare browsers which we do quite often, security rankings should be higher up on our lists than they are, and because we spend more time online than ever before, we should take more care over our overall privacy and security.
We will take a look at 5 browsers to see which comes out on top as the most secure and private, and also what we can do in order to beef up our personal safety.
Most Secure Web Browsers for 2020
The Google Chrome browser was launched back in 2008 and has received countless updates since then.
It is currently the market leader,, and has the largest market share. Chrome is also the base of many other browsers on the market.
When looking at the browser, we see it isn’t updated as often as others and can take almost 2 months before updates are made. This can leave it vulnerable to responding to internet or malware attacks which might spring up.
On the security front, Chrome is known as being one of the most secure web browser choices because it scans all of the downloads that are made.
Updates are automatically carried out, so the most recent security improvements are passed onto users.
Security is one area where Chrome falls down because Google is well-known for wanting to know everything about you and their browser is no different.
Although this sending back of information can be reduced, the browser is closed source, so there is no way to know what they are doing under the hood.
Firefox unlike many others is an open source browser and developed by an army of developers.
This means there is little malicious code that can be included which would be suspicious in sending back data to a company like Chrome.
The version of Firefox you run will change much quicker than the Google offering because updates happen in about a quarter of the time.
Because of this, it gets full marks for being one of the most secure browser offerings out of the box.
Feature-wise, there is a host of security features built in such as website forgeries, malware, and phishing protection.
Firefox was also the first web browser to include a ‘Do not track’ feature which has since been taken up by almost all other browsers.
One other new feature is their ‘Tracking Protection’ where users can subscribe to lists where they are protected from third-party cookie dumping.
This browser markets itself as the best privacy browser and is developed by an Indian company. The aim was to create a browser which is always in private browsing mode.
Updates for this browser run pretty lengthily, and like many companies which take this long, their longevity has to be questioned.
With such a long delay before there is an update, it is hard to place it on the list of secure web browsers, but it is worthy of a mention due to the way they take privacy seriously.
The promise of the company to provide constant private browsing is adhered to, and the browser will remove all cookies, clear the cache and browsing history each time you exit the browser.
The do not track feature is enabled by default helps to make browsing more secure, and the Epic browser goes further by disabling third-party cookies and autofill features.
One other feature which is built in the browser is their virtual private network or more of an encrypted proxy service which helps mask your IP address.
It works so far, but you can get IP leaks if the proxy fails. During testing, it was found to be unbearably slow when trying to stream geo-blocked content.
Well before there was any sign of Chrome, it was Internet Explorer which ruled the roost for browsing the internet. Even though it has been superseded it still receives updates from Microsoft at least once per month on average.
The problem with this browser is it was the world largest target by hackers and is well-known as not being the safest web browser in town.
The browser does come with adjustable security levels, and it warns users if they are about to visit a malicious site or download anything which it deems as being harmful.
You can toggle on or off all the same features as many other browsers, but because of its age and the attacks it faced, there is no guarantee your traffic is going to remain private.
It also has the disadvantage of not being able to run on other operating systems aside from Windows, and with the number of hackers which try to get into these systems, the one place they attempt to gain access is through this old browser.
This is the replacement browser that comes with Windows 10. It comes with a host of features in an attempt to make it the best browser for privacy.
One of the newest security features for Microsoft Edge is their WDAG (Windows Device Application Guard), but this can only run if you are on a 64-bit system and you are using Windows 10 pro.
This places Edge in a sandbox if it is running, and at present, it can have an impact on your browsing speed.
Aside from this, the browser comes with Microsoft SmartScreen, and a control to prevent any scripts which are running without a user knowing.
Even with many of the same features as other browsers, Edge hasn’t caught the attention of the public, and there might be a chance it will be based on Chrome in the foreseeable future. When that day comes, things might be very different in the browser market.
Not all Browsers are Safe and Secure
In one way or another, all browsers don’t offer complete security or privacy, so with the addition of extensions, it is possible to take security to another level.
One of the most recent additions is the HTTPS everywhere extension which is available for a few of the above browsers.
This encrypts your communications between yourself and a large number of websites. This helps to make browsing sessions more secure.
Unfortunately, there are a number of sites that don’t support this standard, and some only support it when a user is logging into a service. This leaves the remainder of the browsing session on that particular site, unencrypted.
There are also plenty of ad blockers, and web tracking extensions around that can do a lot for cutting down on who is watching and tracking movements while protecting users from annoying ads.
However, there is one-way users can really step up their privacy and security regardless of the browser they use, or which operating system they are running.
This tunnels all of your data through a secure connection, so now even any browser will be unable to send back any meaningful information.
This can make things much harder for anyone to see what you are doing, and it allows users to browse the internet freely without the need to keep installing multiple extensions.
There is one exception to this, and this is the ExpressVPN Chrome extension. Even with the vast numbers of VPN’s which offer these extensions, none of them work as seamlessly or as efficiently as this one.
It allows users to spoof their location, block webRTC or use HTTP everywhere without installing it as it is included.
To work, it does require the VPN app to be installed, and this can be controlled without having to open the app outside of your browser.
If there is any HTML5 geolocation information being sent, this VPN extension will make it impossible for anyone to see where you are. This also works on any device where you have the Chrome browser installed.
There are other offshoots of other browsers, but these receive very little support, or they have long periods between security updates.
They might offer different features, but to remain secure it is advisable to choose the most common and safest methods while online.
A browser which is fast and looks good, might offer the least regarding privacy and security. Now there are more eyes watching users than ever before, and a large number of them being ISP’s.
ISP’s are now forced into retaining data, and many governing bodies or agencies are clamping down on piracy, so, there is only one way which to go, to be fully secure.
A VPN can make the internet a very different place where you spend a lot of your time.