While not everyone believes that they need to go to such lengths as ordering a Blackphone to ensure that they’re using their smartphone in a secure and private manner, there are steps and specifics things that users can do to help curb the potential for any security risk. One of those steps include choosing a browser that is safe and secure, allowing for anonymous browsing should you choose to require it. Here are the top 5 secure browsers that we consider the most safe and private.
CM Secure Browser
The CM Secure Browser comes in at 19 megabytes and offers a ton of extensive options on top of a well thought out design. Apart from the nice animations built into the browser and intuitive operations, it also offers many options for addressing privacy and security. For example, you can restrict downloads, completely prohibit cookie tracking, and turn off the automatic storing of passwords. In addition, the CM Browser provides a malware protection feature built right in. The only cons that this browser has are the many permissions it requires, there's no VPN and takes up 19 MB of storage.
This browser really is limited to the basic and essentials: you can access websites and you get tabbed browsing, that’s about it. There are no other settings, no bookmarks, VPN, no history, nothing. That being said, it requires very few permissions, and has a small install size (1.3 MB). For those who are looking for something that they can just download and then not worry about, Ghost Browser would be a wise choice.
As with any app category, there’s always a black sheep. The Private Browser basically can only display web pages and that’s it. While the Ghost Browser above could at least give tabbed pages so that you can have more than one webpage open at once, Private Browser is bare bones. It doesn’t store any data, have any preferences or settings, or do really anything else, plus the design is a bit outdated. It's minimalism pure.
Javelin Incognito Browser
One of the leading browsers when it comes to safe surfing is the Javelin Incognito browser. A fancy design and a near-perfect user interface and design combined with security and privacy makes this browser one of our go-to browsers when it keeping private when surfing the net. Not only does it do everything your normal browser could do, but it also offers a VPN (proxy) service, which unfortunately, is a premium service and has a $1.99 a month fee associated with it.
We like the way things are laid out in this browser: thanks to sidebars on both the left and right hand side, you have quick access to all the operating modes of the apps, the settings, and bookmarks bar. Even the optional ad-block function brings a lot to the table.
Dolphin Zero is an offshoot of the famous Dolphin browser and is specialized entirely on the privacy and anonymity side of things. It can do everything that the regular Dolphin browser can do, but otherwise all the data the app stores while you’re browsing is deleted once you close it. As well, you can use the Duck Duck Go search engine which is designed itself for security and privacy and it bypasses Google all together. Though there are not a lot of features, nor does it offer VPN, it's one of the best.
Which browser do you use? Do you use a safe and private browser?