Beyond private browsing
Most of our favoured internet browsers have a ‘private browsing’ or an ‘incognito mode’ which may or may or not be familiar to you. Beyond those privacy features, there is more to know about data collection, cookies and other aspects. We’ll explain how these work to protect us.
Is incognito mode private?
While undoubtedly offering benefits, private browsing and incognito modes don’t fully protect your online privacy, offer total anonymity or comprehensive data security. However, there are times when private browsing is a must for your online privacy, such as when…
- When you’re using a public computer. If you’re in a library or in a hotel and are using one of their machines, it goes without saying that you should use private browsing to protect any passwords and prevent other users from seeing your search history.
- If you’re using multiple email accounts. No need to log out from one to get into another when in private browsing mode.
- Buying a present. Cover your tracks in style by going private and you share a laptop.
- Browsing a delicate issue. If you want to keep a health concern secret or you’re embarrassed about the site you are about to visit, just go incognito.
The nine best browsers for privacy and security
There’re a number of different internet browsers available for you to use, some of which are more adept at certain functions than others. We have detailed the functionality and prowess of these nine browsers below to help you make the right browser choice for your online privacy needs.
Best mobile browser for privacy
Many of the browsers we’ve looked at already will have mobile versions for use on iOS or Android devices. There are also some specialist options you might like to have a look at:
- Brave – a super all round browser for both desk top and mobile environments.
- Bromite – A secure Chromium-based browser which is available for Android 4.4. and above.
- Firefox Focus – A privacy-enriched version of Firefox for mobile users (Android and iOS).