'This week the lead consumer technology writer for The New York Times
urged readers to switch their browser from Chrome, Safari, or
Microsoft Edge to a private browser.
"For about a week, I tested three of the most popular options —
DuckDuckGo, Brave and Firefox Focus. Even I was surprised that I
eventually switched to Brave as the default browser on my iPhone."
Firefox Focus, available only for mobile devices like iPhones and
Android smartphones, is bare-bones. You punch in a web address and,
when done browsing, hit the trash icon to erase the session. Quitting
the app automatically purges the history. When you load a website, the
browser relies on a database of trackers to determine which to block.
The DuckDuckGo browser, also available only for mobile devices, is
more like a traditional browser. That means you can bookmark your
favorite sites and open multiple browser tabs. When you use the search
bar, the browser returns results from the DuckDuckGo search engine,
which the company says is more focused on privacy because its ads do
not track people's online behavior. DuckDuckGo also prevents ad
trackers from loading. When done browsing, you can hit the flame icon
at the bottom to erase the session.
Brave is also more like a traditional web browser, with anti-tracking
technology and features like bookmarks and tabs. It includes a private
mode that must be turned on if you don't want people scrutinizing your
web history. Brave is also so aggressive about blocking trackers that
in the process, it almost always blocks ads entirely. The other
private browsers blocked ads less frequently....
In the end, though, you probably would be happy using any of the
private browsers... For me, Brave won by a hair. My favorite websites
loaded flawlessly, and I enjoyed the clean look of ad-free sites,
along with the flexibility of opting in to see ads whenever I felt
like it. Brendan Eich, the chief executive of Brave, said the
company's browser blocked tracking cookies "without mercy."
"If everybody used Brave, it would wipe out the tracking-based ad
economy," he said.
Count me in. '
-- source: https://news.slashdot.org/story/21/04/03/1942218
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