Web Browsers

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

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

Recommended extensions/add-ons: uBlockOrigin (ad-blocker), HTTPS Everywhere, Privacy Badger, Decentraleyes, DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials.

Privacy first Firefox settings: Visit ffprofile.com to help create a Firefox profile with some of the best privacy settings already enabled and easily install them on your computer.

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.