Protect your privacy as you explore the web with our pick of the most secure browsers
Epic Browser | www.epicbrowser.com | ★★★★★ FEATURES ★★★★★ PERFORMANCE ★★★★ ★ EASE OF USE ★★★★ ★
Wh What we liked: Basbased on Google Chrome, Epic Browser is a fast browser built for everyday use thathat offers the perfectfec combination of privacy features and usability. The privatebrowsing mode that you find in most browsers is always switched on in Epic, so it deletes your browsing data (cookies, history and login data) whenever you close it. Epic also offers comprehensive built-in ad and tracker blocking, notifying you of how many trackers it’s blocked on a particular website and even showing you who is tracking you in other browsers.
Epic tackles a range of known privacy vulnerabilities that other browsers often overlook, such as installation tracking, and address-bar and URL tracking. It also protects against ‘ fingerprinting’, a method of tracking that can be used by your ISP even when you use a VPN. Searches are anonymous, too: whenever you use a major search engine, the browser automatically directs your searches through a proxy so no association is made with your IP address.
Epic is set by default to request encrypted connections but when you need to guarantee a secure connection, you can manually enable its proxy to hide your IP address and encrypt your browsing. Like using a VPN, this protects you when you’re using public Wi-fi networks and you can also use it to access content that’s blocked in particular regions.
One standout feature not related to privacy is the option to download audio and video from sites such as Youtube, Facebook, Vimeo and Soundcloud. For convenience, Epic lets you import bookmarks from other browsers, and you can also save your account credentials for faster logins.
How it can be improved We could find almost no fault with Epic Browser, but if we’re being picky, it’s proxy tool doesn’t protect your anonymity with the same sophistication that Tor Browser does.
OUR VERDICT If you want to replace your everyday browser with one that takes your privacy much more seriously, Epic Browser is perfect for the job. It’s fast, easy to use and offers all the tools you need to stay anonymous online.
Tor Browser | www.torproject.org | ★★★★ ★ FEATURES ★★★★ ★ PERFORMANCE ★★★ ★★ EASE OF USE ★★★★ ★
OUR VERDICT Tor Browser is arguably the most powerful tool for maintaining your anonymity online. However, we’d recommend it only as a secondary browser (rather than a replacement for your everyday browser) because of its slower performance.
Opera | www.opera.com | ★★★★ ★ FEATURES ★★★ ★★ PERFORMANCE ★★★★ ★ EASE OF USE ★★★★ ★
Whatwh we liked: Operaope doesn’t specialise in privacy in the way our other award winners do, but its recent introduction of an unlimited VPN makes it an excellent choice for anyone who wants to hide their IP address and browse anonymously at the click of a button.
After enabling the VPN from Opera’s Settings menu, it can be switched off and on from the address bar, and you can choose from five different virtual locations. The browser comes with a built-in ad blocker and you can also set it to send a ‘ Do not track’ request to websites for times when you’re not using the VPN.
Like our other award winners, Opera has a private-browsing mode that clears all your browsing data when it’s closed. However, because this isn’t enabled by default, you can choose to reap the performance benefits of saving browsing data such as cookies and web history, and enable private browsing only when you need it. How it can be improved: Opera doesn’t block trackers as comprehensively as Epic Browser unless you’re using the VPN. Because the private-browsing features aren’t ‘always-on’, there’s always a risk you’ll forget to enable them.
OUR VERDICT If you want a browser that’s good for any web activity, Opera comes highly recommended. Its VPN and private browsing provide total anonymity online when required, but it also offers all the powerful tools you’d expect from a modern browser.