Chrome, Firefox and Opera are all great browsers, but they leave too much of the security work to you. To protect your privacy you have to turn on numerous settings and install extensions. Not so with Avast Secure Browser (the new name for Safezone), which has been built to provide maximum protection from the moment you install it.
When you open it click Avast’s logo at the top right to launch the Security & Privacy Center (change it to ‘Centre’ by clicking the Options button then selecting ‘English United Kingdom’). This shows you all the tools Avast includes (see screenshot), and which you therefore won’t need to add as extensions. Adblock, Anti- Phishing, Anti-tracking, Flash Blocker, Extension Guard, and HTTPS Encryption are turned on by default, as they should be. The only one not switched on is anti-fingerprinting, which stops websites recognising your browser based on the add-ons you’re using. It’s a powerful tool, but does stop some websites from working.
There is one annoyance: its default search engine is Yahoo not Google. To change this click the menu button, Settings, then in the ‘Search engine’ section choose Google – or another, such as Duckduckgo.