A safe browser is a web browser known for containing additional security measures designed to prevent third-party programs from collecting your data, stealing personal information, and tracking your online activity. Safe browsers have a long accepted list of safe or authorised programs and activities and will block any not currently on that list.
Why Use a Safe Browser?
While you might think that using other security tools such as antivirus is enough to keep you safe, these tools usually react after a threat has occurred. They are still very important and you should always have them installed, but a safe browser has features that prevent the threat from occurring in the first place. Think of a safe browser as vitamins while your antivirus is your medicine.
Safe browsers stop third-party applications, programs, and cookies from collecting your online activity, any passwords you might use, and your personal information. Another great thing about safe browsers is that you can add extensions that add an extra layer of security. This could be an extension that provides free anti-malware protection on Chrome or you could add a browser protection tool.
What Browsers are Safe?
There is a variety of safe browsers that you can use, but it is the more common names that will keep you the safest.
- Chrome: The most popular web browser in the world. Chrome is a superb choice if you value security when surfing online. It offers safe browsing features that prevent you from visiting dangerous websites, phishing scams, and more. The only downside is that Google loves to collect your data, too.
- Firefox: A browser that predominantly focuses on providing a private browsing experience. Firefox also implements security features designed to keep your computer and data protected. This browser also receives regular updates, a big positive.
- Brave: Lesser known but extremely secure, Brave is an excellent option to have. It has a script blocker, asks you what specific data you want to remove after each session, and has one of the best in-private browsers around.
Another option is Microsoft Edge, but it’s probably best to move away from Microsoft’s longest-running browser Internet Explorer. The firm will cease supporting that browser in 2022.
Will a Secure Browser Always Keep Me Safe?
They will definitely help, but even safe browsers cannot guarantee your safety when going online. You should back up a safe web browser with other security software, such as antivirus, a firewall, and browser protection tools. Alone, they will do a job as long as you are diligent when online. However, additional security tools and software can add further layers of security that should ensure you never have to worry about malware infections, identity theft, spyware, adware, or browser hijackers.
We face so many threats whenever we go online, whether it’s viruses, trojans, phishing scams, ransomware, or anything else. They prey on the unprotected or those that act recklessly when connecting to the internet. To combat those threats, use a combination of the best security tools and that includes the safe web browsers we mentioned above.
Tips on Staying Safe Online
To stay safe, you mostly just need to stay vigilant and use the tools available to you. However, by doing the following, you give yourself an even better chance of staying safe when online.
- Always visit secured websites (HTTPS).
- Never click random links sent to you via email, messenger, or social media.
- Research browser extensions and other software before downloading.
- Avoid downloading torrent files.
- Never switch off your security tools, even when promoted by other applications.
- Educate yourself on the latest threats and keep up to date.
- Always update your software and operating system (these fix vulnerabilities and security flaws).
- Regularly run virus scans using your security tools.
- Use secure passwords for your accounts
- Do not save passwords in your browser.
If you stick to the advice given, download a safe browser and other security software, you’re halfway there to a safe online browsing experience. However, the other half is down to you to act smartly and diligently.