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Top 5 Most Secure Browsers

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Security Help, Using The Internet

Most people limit their Internet browser choices to four main options – Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. These aren’t your only choices. In fact, there are five other browsers you might not have heard of that focus on keeping your safer online. These browsers are designed for a more secure, private browsing experience. Think of them as the “private” or “incognito” modes in other browsers, but even more secure. All of them are easy to learn and completely free.






WhiteHat Aviator

If you use Chrome, you’ll instantly recognize WhiteHat Aviator’s design. They’re both based on the same platform. Aviator, developed by WhiteHat Security Labs, describes itself as the “most secure browser online.” Unlike most browsers, it comes complete with several security and privacy plug-ins already installed. It’s optimized with the most secure settings possible so you don’t have to do anything but open the browser. 

It’s compatible with any Chrome extensions since it’s built from the same source code. Unlike Chrome, it helps block tracking cookies, ad networks, hackers and viruses. Even though it does all this, it’s still fast and doesn’t get in the way of viewing your favorite sites.




Maxthon Cloud Browser

Maxthon Cloud Browser is available on nearly every platform, including mobile. It’s designed to help you browse securely wherever you are. While you can utilize their cloud services to store files, favorites and form information, their security features are what really sets this browser apart from the rest. It automatically blocks malicious sites and phishing attempts and even scan sites before opening them to ensure they’re safe.

Maxthon has its own set of extensions which help add functionality to the browser. To avoid storing any history, you can enable a private browsing session. Many users also love the snapshot, new session (multiple logins on a single site) and Ad Hunter ad blocking features. 










Opera Browser

Opera Browser, much like Maxthon is available for desktops and mobile for optimal browsing security everywhere. It’s designed to prevent excessive tracking from search engines and social networks while boosting overall browsing speed. For areas with a slower connection, the Turbo feature helps speed things up. For mobile users, there’s also a data saving feature to prevent you from going over your data cap.

Opera has numerous extensions to help you customize the browser. While it’s not as secure as some of the others on this list, it’s still far more secure than the major four. One downside is some sites aren’t compatible with Opera just yet.





Comodo Dragon Internet Browser

Comodo, creators of the popular Internet security software, went a step further to help keep you safe online. They developed the Dragon Internet Browser which is built on the same Chromium code as Chrome and Aviator. It has numerous privacy controls and enhancements and automatically stops web tracking and cookies. It scans all SSL certificates to determine if sites are really secure or not.

If you’re a Firefox user, Comodo also created IceDragon which is just as secure, but has the look and feel of Firefox. Both browsers have ample extensions. They’re also designed to be faster than all other browsers. The only major con is Dragon is only available on Windows currently.







Tor Browser

Tor works differently than other browsers on this list. Privacy is the driving factor behind this browser. It uses a network of computers throughout the world to prevent any online spies or hackers from tracking you. These “relays” are run by volunteers who are dedicated to keeping the Internet a safe, private place. It’s compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux and can even be installed on a USB drive so you’re secure no matter where you browse.

This browser is more for privacy than straight security. The developers recommend still only using sites you trust and always checking for “https” on secure sites. They also recommend using anti-virus and firewall software in addition to the browser.

Additional Tips

No matter which browser you use, you should always use caution while online. Never submit any personal or financial information on sites you don’t trust. Only browse the Internet when your anti-virus and/or firewall software is running. If you suspect you might have a virus, disconnect from the Internet until you can remove the threat.



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13 Responses to “Top 5 Most Secure Browsers”

  1. Joyce Hansen says:

    Thanks so much for this info Crystal. Tor can be used on Linux/Ubuntu/Robolinux? What about the other three browsers? Can they be used on Ubuntu/Linux/Robolinux?


  2. James says:

    Good ‘Tip’ Crystal however security and privacy are not all the concerns with a browser. Nowhere do you address how these browsers handle ‘favorites/bookmarks’. Explorer ‘favorites’ are sourced to the individual computer as opposed to the cloud. I for one like that.

  3. Betty Lou Stout says:

    Security is a top concern of mine. Thanks for the info.

  4. susieQ says:

    Husband’s renewal for his security (McAfee) I have Webroot…any others that can be topped? Pricy for these actually.

    • mikey says:

      McAfee and Webroot of course are not browsers, but since there are many very good free security programs available for the common user – Avast, AVG, Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials, etc., it seems silly for you to subscribe to paid versions then complain about it.

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  6. Ernie white says:

    I don’t trust any of them for the hackers now days will figure out the code or what ever it’s called.

    • Bert says:

      You’re absolutely right, Ernie. The safest thing to do is never use any browsers. Don’t even get on the Internet. In fact, don’t even own a computer: the hackers will break into your home and put a virus on your computer.

  7. Ernie white says:

    What happen when some one breaks the code or what ever it’s called & put in a virus or what ever???

  8. jacemace says:

    I’ve used them all – I would just like to report a problem with Whitehat Aviator – clear browsing data does not clear content settings and search engines (it tells you this) – I’m not sure if there is a way to clear these – without a chrome extension or another way – like deleting the search engines, which is probably not a good idea. I also can’t find a flashblock extension for chrome that works – and click to play does not work on youtube. I don’t want to do full uninstalls every day – But I might. I don’t use tor much because it’s proxies make it slow – but I would like to use it more. (PS – thanks worldstart, for nor accepting temporary email addresses – especially on an article about security.)

  9. jacemace says:

    If you press the customization and then the about whitehat aviator button, it will automatically update without permission. And the update deleted all the extensions. It was probably related to this statement in settings “Aviator detected that some of your browser settings were corrupted by another program and reset them to their original defaults.”

  10. Randall says:

    I have used Opera for several years now and have never had any trouble with it at all. While I also like Safari, Opera is my favorite by far and I have never had any security issues with it either.

  11. ann says:

    if you use tor a lot of the sites like fb and few others wont let you log on plus even though your just useing it for a browser its heavely monitor by police and other goverment people

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