The browser you use may be able to see everything you do (or almost do) when you are on the internet. If you use a browser, it may know more about you than you do. It may also share that information with the websites you visit.
However, some alternatives let you keep your privacy while you surf the web, and some allow you to keep your anonymity.
So, if you use your iPhone or iPad to look things up online, you need to use a browser that lets you keep your personal information safe, like Chrome. Here are some of the best apps you can get for free on your iOS phone.
Avoid Chrome. Again, avoid Chrome. Because it’s owned by Google, downloading it is like downloading privacy-invading malware. Listed below are more private and convenient options.
DuckDuckGo has a built-in tracker blocker that you can keep an eye on. If DuckDuckGo is your default search engine, you can watch it (no surprise here).
You can see how DuckDuckGo is blocking trackers while on a website, and you can quickly clear your data, history, and cookies with the fire icon.
This service is still in beta, but you can sign up to join the waitlist in the app. This free service protects your email online as a bonus to DuckDuckGo’s other work. I’ve already signed up for the waitlist, and when I get into the program, I’ll write about my experiences.
Safari may be at the bottom of this list, but it is not the weakest to protect your digital privacy.
This browser comes with built-in tracker blocking and can even be used with iCloud private relay (you’ll need a paid iCloud prescription to do this), so you can keep your search history confidential.
To make Safari even more private, add the AdGuard extension from the App Store to it.
Before I switched to a browser with built-in ad blocking, this was the browser I used the most. However, with a few extras, Safari is still a good choice.
Not only does Brave allow you to block trackers, but it also has an ad-blocker built-in. It’s great to be able to watch YouTube and visit websites without ads, so this browser is worth a try.
It’s also important to know that Brave has come under fire for making questionable business decisions, such as defaulting to a sponsored homepage in their browser and dealing with cryptocurrency.
I use Brave on my desktop, and I use it on my iPhone. This is a good browser, even though it doesn’t have as many features on mobile as on the desktop. This is a good choice if you want to keep your online footprint down.
As with Brave, Firefox focus has a built-in tracker and ad blocker, just like that. The app also deletes your data when you close it, so you don’t have to think about it. This browser has all the features you need in a simple but effective package. This puts it at the top of the list.
This is the browser I use on my iPhone right now, not only because it has a lot of great features but also because it has a simple design. If you’re on iOS, Brave is a good choice over Brave because it looks better than Brave on iOS.
This is one of the best ways to stay private and anonymous when online. The Onion Browser connects your iPhone to the Tor network, one of the best ways to do this. A lot of well-known journalists and whistleblowers all over the world use Tor to stay safe and private.
The Tor network encrypts your data three times, through three different Tor servers, to hide your IP address from the sites you visit, so you can’t be tracked. Sometimes, Tor is slow and can make some websites not work, but that’s the price you pay for the most privacy you can get.
I often don’t use the Onion Browser, but it’s at the top of this list because there’s no better way to stay private and anonymous on iOS than the Onion Browser.
Understand that this browser isn’t as helpful as the ones above. This isn’t the best choice if you want an easy-to-use browser that keeps your information private. As long as you want something that protects your privacy online to the fullest extent and you don’t mind giving up some of the convenience, this will be one of your top choices.
To start your privacy journey, the first thing you should do is start using a browser that doesn’t track you.
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