Best browser for privacy?

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by ripplebunny, Aug 6, 2011.

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  1. ripplebunny

    ripplebunny Registered Member

    Hi, I would like to know which browser is the best for privacy? Thank you :)
  2. carat

    carat Guest

    Firefox :)
  3. dw426

    dw426 Registered Member

    A great choice if going by extension usage alone. Sans extensions, not so much. For greater flexibility in what is allowed to store data, blocking content, and other such matters, my personal opinion is Opera.
  4. siberianwolf

    siberianwolf Registered Member

    safe surfing practises is the best for privacy, no matter what browser it is you choose to use.
    of course, w/ an up-to-date and always updated o.s.
  5. dw426

    dw426 Registered Member

    "Safe surfing" doesn't help much with the trackers, ads and overall obsessive collection of data that plagues the internet today. Shutting off and keeping off javascript, and not allowing a single cookie to ever make its way onto our system would be a fantastic way to fight. Alas, the internet as a whole just simply won't allow that. An up to date OS will help keep malware and such away, but it does nothing for privacy, sadly.
  6. siberianwolf

    siberianwolf Registered Member

    well, sure it doesn't. but what i mean by safe surfing practises considers all the thangs you mentioned in your post above. i took it as the o.p., well @ least, could be considered comp. savvy.
  7. Webby

    Webby Registered Member

  8. wat0114

    wat0114 Guest

    The answer is: None. Realistically you have no privacy on the Internet under typical circumstances. Your ISP ultimately knows where you've been surfing.
  9. luciddream

    luciddream Registered Member

    I'd say with certain extensions, tweaks, and Ixquick as your search engine, Firefox can become the best for privacy. Out of the box, probably Opera.

    But really, in the end, wat is right.
  10. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

    Tor, HTTPS-Everywhere, cookies blocked, incognito mode, privacy settings max in firefox.

    But why bother?
  11. Webby

    Webby Registered Member

    Ok lets try again,

    From the link:

    "JonDoFox is a profile for the Mozilla Firefox web browser particularly optimized for anonymous and secure web surfing.

    For anonymous surfing you need an IP changer proxy too. We recommended our proxy tool JonDo but you may use other anonymsation services like Tor Onion Router."

    Cheers Webby
  12. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

    Just like with Tor you're relying on some proxy service. As they say on the site the two are interchangeable and it adds a few extra features.

    There's going to be a nice big performance hit.
  13. John Bull

    John Bull Registered Member

    Easy ! Any browser you like from Humpty-Dumpty to Firefox, providing you have Sandboxie or Returnil installed.

  14. mant

    mant Registered Member

    Not Opera
    How many times that malware come from Opera cache.

    Not Firefox
    Default Firefox bring poison (Google) that track your Network Adapter MAC, your location, and collect all your behavior on the Internet.

    Best browser for privacy is Custom Firefox.
    Custom Firefox + Tor + Torbutton + Privoxy + NoScript + Adblockplus + RequestPolicy + CookieButton + Keyscrambler

    Want more?
    Run that Custom Firefox on small linux on virtual machine :)
  15. SafetyFirst

    SafetyFirst Registered Member

    I run sandboxed Tor browser from a shadowed USB stick.
  16. caspian

    caspian Registered Member

    Sandboxie and returnil do not prevent data from being stored on your hard drive. I ran many tests with Sandboxie configured with Eraser and with Returnil. I searched for cartoon characters in Google images with both Returnil and with Sandboxie. Then I ran Recuva. The images were all over the hard drive. The only test that I did where images did not show up was running a portable browser from a USB stick or from inside of a truecrypt container.

    For privacy, You could run a sanboxed browser from a USB stick or TrueCrypt container while connected to a VPN.
  17. caspian

    caspian Registered Member

    I didn't think your MAC address was available on the internet unless someone installed some malware?
  18. caspian

    caspian Registered Member

    What is a shadowed USB stick?
  19. SafetyFirst

    SafetyFirst Registered Member

    I use Shadow Defender and I put both C: partition and USB with portable browser into shadow mode.
  20. dw426

    dw426 Registered Member

    Then both programs are flawed, imho.
  21. treehouse786

    treehouse786 Registered Member


    wat0114 is the only one who gave a proper answer.

    use a linux distro and someone else's internet signal if you want to keep your privacy, to an extent..
  22. John Bull

    John Bull Registered Member

    Firefox with Sandboxie and all the other programs in my signature ! With no other contenders in sight.

  23. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

    Those won't help with privacy. Just security.
  24. John Bull

    John Bull Registered Member

    A very good point, but the difference between Security and Privacy is so ambiguously integrated that one would need to be a genius to define it. In fact, it is general practice to treat these two subjects as equal.

    I would be astonished if the OP actually recognised the minuscule difference between the two terms. More likely he used Privacy as a means of describing Security.

    Perhaps this brief summary will help :-

    "Security is about stopping the bad guys from stealing your data. Privacy is about controlling the good guys’ handling of your data."

    It looks rather impossible to control the "security", integrity and honesty of the good guys to whom you have trusted your data. Hence the discussion so far made in the context of security seems perfectly relevant.

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2011
  25. siberianwolf

    siberianwolf Registered Member

    :thumb: @John Bull
    you can't have privacy w/o security. period.
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