Secure browsers are paramount when it comes to transacting online business or private surfing. A lot of people lose their assets online when they unwittingly turn over their information to third party data trackers. This is because the internet has become sophisticated and more scammers and hackers continue to emerge. Internet privacy is, therefore, vital at individual and business level and that is why you need a secure browser.

Here are the top eight most secure and safe browsers for 2016, that can offer you a worry-free experience while surfing the net.

1. Comodo Dragon

The Comodo Dragon browser is based on the Chromium technology and provides optimized security and privacy. It comes with all Google Chrome features, but it includes a greater level of privacy than the one Chromium technology offers. With Comodo Dragon, you can surf the net with no traces of your existence, no download tracking and with the cookies turned off. Even if you use public WiFi that may pose security issues, this browser gets rid of all cookies with its tracks eraser so that you remain incognito.

When you visit websites that use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, Comodo Dragon identifies them as secure by automatically looking for certificates and verifying them. You can either download Comodo Dragon as a standalone browser, with PC security software or with Comodo’s antivirus. It is also based on Mozilla Firefox with the name, Comodo IceDragon.

2. Tor

The Tor browser was developed in conjunction with the U.S Navy for the purpose of browsing the internet anonymously. The reason why this browser is deemed to be ideal for anti-surveillance is that it is built on an infrastructure of ‘hidden’ relay servers. It is an advanced privacy browser which does not include anti-malware technology, but blocks plug-ins by design. It makes you anonymous by using the particular constraints, including the requirement to use HTTPS connections only. If you use a Tor browser on public WiFi, you may require using a Hotspot Shield app to beef up your security. You can install this browser on a Windows, Linux or Mac PC.

3. Mozilla Firefox

Firefox comes with a private browsing feature (private mode) that you can easily enable and disable. It has a one-click site info security feature that allows you to view safety information on any site by simply clicking on the address bar. You can also remove all the traces of the specific sites that you visit using this browser by clearing all your personal information such as passwords, web-from entries, cookies, and history. In addition, Mozilla Firefox protects you against spyware, viruses, pop-ups, phishing sites and malware. In fact, you can set the level of scrutiny you want to place on particular sites and customize your security settings for passwords, cookies, add-ons and downloads.

4. Google Chrome

Although Google Chrome largely borrows from other browsers that came before it, it has continually advanced in their methods, making it the standard every other browser aspires. It is designed to protect you on the web using its built-in phishing and malware protection and auto updates which ensure that you have the ultramodern security fixes.

This browser also employs sand-boxing which helps block malware as well as preventing what happens in a particular tab from affecting the others. Besides malware installation protection, sand-boxing monitors your online activities and personal information. Whenever you navigate a website that Google Chrome suspects to contain malware or phishing, it displays a warning for you. Note that the privacy settings in Chrome are easy to use, meaning that you can effortlessly enable/disable the settings you wish to protect.

5. Dooble

This browser is also based on Chromium technology and is available for free for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Unlike most modern browsers which come with an incognito or private mode, Dooble is set exclusive by default. Its default mode is regarded to be more secure because it uses the HTTPS protocol. Interestingly, this browser allows you to encrypt your browsing history and bookmarks with the use of passwords and ciphers.

The ability to create security passphrases for each browser is generally aimed at boosting security, and if you don’t create one, everything gets wiped out. When roaming the web using Dooble, Javascript and Flash gets disabled by default translating into minimal media content and zero ads.

6. Microsoft Edge

Internet Explorer had a bad reputation with regards to online security for the past few years, but Microsoft has now upgraded its security measures and boasts of the highest detection rate of malware. It has added several parental controls and various methods to detect phishing attacks. Its new feature, Smart-screen Filter, runs while you are online concurrently and helps you identify malware and phishing sites. If it detects something suspicious, it opens up a new window which advises you to proceed with caution or blocks the site to protect you. Also, it has an InPrivate browsing feature which deletes your search history, passwords as well as web page history. On top of that, it has a Do Not Track feature which sends signals to websites requesting them not to collect your personal data.

7. Epic Privacy Browser

Those familiar with Chrome would definitely feel comfortable with the Epic browser as it is chromium powered. It uses active Do Not Track and eliminates all trackers, cookies and browsing history so that no traces are left once you end a browsing session. If you wish to hide your location and become anonymous as you explore the internet, this browser helps you do so as it offers a built-in proxy. In case a particular website attempts to locate your IP address, they will see an address in New Jersey because that’s where the proxy server resides.

8. Opera

Just like other browsers, Opera offers security features that check malware and phishing schemes in websites. But unlike the others, it does not collect mass information on users which is a big thumb up. It uses advanced encryption and provides you with the option of deleting your private data such as cookies and browsing history. With its latest acquisition of SurfEasy VPN software, users can now browse securely and privately.

Conclusion

Your online security is entirely based on the precautions you take. All you need is a safe and secure browser, practice good behavior and consider turning your Hotspot Shield app on for optimal protection. Never download anything you are not familiar with and keep your anti virus up to date.

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