Browsers & Privacy Add-ons

Every single one of us use a web browser. However, we may not think too much about what our browser knows about us and what it shares with its creators. Google Chrome scans your files without alerting you and loves to report back to Google about your usage. Edge, IE, Safari, all have vulnerabilities and features that tell on you. So it's time we start browsing smart.

Desktop Browsers

Product Description Price
Firefox One of the most popular browsers on the market is always thinking privacy first and offers an amazingly fast, reliable browser. Free
Tor Browser Built on Firefox, Tor gives you an added layer of protection that helps make your location and information nearly invisible online. Why not use Tor daily? Some due, but it's a bit slower as it routes your traffic around the web. It's a great choice for using sites like Twitter and Facebook that are inherently insecure, though. Also, journalist and whistleblowers benefit greatly from this level of security. Free
Vivaldi Vivaldi is a hyper-customizable browser that puts you in control of its look, feel, and your privacy. Free

Mobile Browsers

Product Description Price
Firefox & Firefox Focus Firefox for iOS ans Android is a fast browser with great security settings. Firefox Focus is a private browser that doesn't track you and forgets everything you did when you close it. Free
Onion Browser Tor's mobile browser. Use this on your mobile when you needed added security and privacy. Free
DuckDuckGo A completely private browser that won't track you and burns it's memory with the click of a button. Free

Extensions & Settings

Product Description Price
uBlockOrigin uBlockOrigin is a general-purpose blocker, or most well known as an ad-blocker, though it does so much more. This is a must have on any browser. Free
HTTPS Everywhere HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. Free
Privacy Badger Privacy Badger blocks spying ads and invisible trackers. Free
Decentraleyes Protects you against tracking through “free”, centralized, content delivery. It prevents a lot of requests from reaching networks like Google Hosted Libraries, and serves local files to keep sites from breaking. Free
Cookie AutoDelete Automatically removes cookies when they are no longer used by open browser tabs. With the cookies, lingering sessions, as well as information used to spy on you, will be expunged. Free
Facebook Container Prevent Facebook from tracking you around the web. The Facebook Container extension for Firefox helps you take control and isolate your web activity from Facebook. Free
DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials This add-on provides the privacy essentials you need to seamlessly take control of your personal information, no matter where the internet takes you: tracker blocking, smarter encryption, DuckDuckGo private search, and more. Free
uMatrix uMatrix gives you control over the requests that websites make to other websites. This gives you greater and more fine grained control over the information that you leak online. Free
NoScript Security Suite Highly customizable plugin to selectively allow Javascript, Java, and Flash to run only on websites you trust. Not for casual users, it requires technical knowledge to configure. Free
Better Blocker Better is a privacy tool for Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It protects you from behavioural ads and companies that track and profile you on the web. $0.99
BlockBear A really simple, often adorable adblocker for your iPhone or iPad. Free
FFProfile A simple tool to help create a Firefox profile with some of the best privacy settings already enabled and easily install them on your computer. Free

Testing your browser security

Browser Fingerprint

When you visit a web page, your browser voluntarily sends information about its configuration. A lot of times this information is unique, so it may be possible to identify and track you even without the use of cookies. The good folks at EFF created a Tool called Panopticlick to test your browser and see what kind of information you are giving out.

Test Your Browser

WebRTC IP Leak Test

WebRTC is a new communication protocol that relies on JavaScript that can leak your actual IP address from behind your VPN. Thankfully, the people behind PrivacyTools have created a test and guide to help ensure you're not leaking your IP address.

Test Your Browser

How to configure Firefox to stop leaking your IP address:

  1. Enter "about:config" in the firefox address bar and press enter.
  2. Press the button "I'll be careful, I promise!"
  3. Search for "media.peerconnection.enabled"
  4. Double click the entry, the column "Value" should now be "false"
  5. Done. Do the WebRTC leak test again.

Browsers such as Chrome, Chromium, or Brave, don't allow you to edit any settings to stop WebRTC leaks. You can accomplish this with some plugins, but because you have less control. RealPrivacy highly recommends using Firefox on all devices.