5 privacy-friendly web browsers for iOS and Android

Unwanted content, trackers, cookies, there are many elements that jeopardize your privacy while browsing online. While it is possible to limit some of them, in particular by modifying the settings of your usual web browser, it is still difficult to surf without leaving a trace.

To reduce the risks, it is therefore better to use a specialized browser. We have selected five of them offering various tools and options that will help you reduce unwanted content and other trackers and allow you to easily delete all your browsing data.

1. Firefox Focus

Powered by Mozilla, Firefox Focus offers private browsing that is as simple as it is efficient. This browser protects you against the various existing trackers and allows you to effectively remove unwanted elements to give you faster browsing. You can configure the search engine of your choice there, but above all, erase all of your browsing history (passwords, cookies, trackers, etc.) by pressing a single button.

Note however, if Firefox Focus is efficient, however, it will only allow you to open one tab at a time.

2. DuckDuckGo

And DuckDuckGo is basically a search engine known to preserve the privacy of its users, it also has a dedicated web browser on iOS and Android. Thanks to it, you will be able to launch your requests on the search engine, but also quite simply to surf while taking advantage of various protection tools.

DuckDuckGo thus blocks trackers and does not collect any data about you while you are browsing. The app, which has partnered with Terms of Service Didn’t Read, also allows to obtain a rating and a classification for the sites which you consult as for their conditions of use and their policy of confidentiality. You can quickly see which sites have a good or bad confidentiality rating (ranging from A for the best to F for the poor students).

Finally, when you quit the browser, you can choose to quickly close all the tabs and delete all your browsing data by pressing a dedicated button in the center of the application toolbar.

3. Brave

Well known on desktop, Brave is also available on iOS and Android. The browser which has made a specialty of blocking advertisements, trackers and other unwanted content will undoubtedly be one of the preferred alternatives for daily surfing from your mobile.

Because the browser is also able to block the pop-ups that would open on the screen, and will offer to put a stop to all the scripts present on the pages that you consult. Brave prides itself on offering navigation that can go 2 to 8 times faster than with a classic browser.

Brave additionally includes the HTTPS Everywhere plug-in which will offer you secure browsing regardless of the site consulted. To help you realize how much time you would have wasted with a classic browser, Brave keeps track of blocked items, HTTPS connections made and loading time saved during your online travels.

Download Brave for Android (Free)
Download Brave for iPhone (Free)

4. Ghostery

Best known for its desktop browser extensions, Ghostery also exists on mobile as a dedicated web browser. The application offers classic browsing in which trackers, pop-ups and advertising content are automatically blocked, but also private browsing integrating the elements of normal mode, but without any history being kept.

For each page viewed, Ghostery will allow you to know the number of elements that have been blocked. However, the browser leaves the possibility to the user to select the elements to block or to keep during navigation.

Finally, Ghostery allows you to quickly delete your browsing data very quickly from a dedicated button. Again, you can choose the items (tabs, search history, browsing history, downloaded files, etc.) to delete or keep.

5. Opera Touch

Opera has long offered solutions for browsing the web without unwanted content. Opera Touch is part of it and allows on iOS as on Android, to enjoy navigation without advertising content. The browser also offers protection against cryptocurrency mining and will allow you to bypass cookie dialogs.

If it remains less complete and much less aggressive than other competitors, Opera Touch offers several navigation systems: Standard, with a toolbar at the bottom of the screen, and with a Quick Action Button to allow you to navigate with one hand. You can also choose to surf in private navigation, so that no browsing history is stored on your device.

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