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The 4 best options for privacy-conscious people

Google Chrome users are not having fun lately. Earlier this year, people discovered they might no longer be able to use their favorite ad blocking extensions after Google confirmed changes dubbed Manifesto V3.

This week it emerged that more changes could be coming to an upcoming version of Google Chrome that would put web and app developers at risk to user privacy first.

Many people are fed up with this, but there are plenty of other browser options out there that care about your privacy. Here are four you can try right now.

firefox

Many people who have already quit their Google Chrome habit have gone straight to Firefox. You just have to search Firefox on Reddit to find many groups that have switched to this privacy-focused browser. There is even a guide for people who leave Google Chrome.

Because Firefox is a nonprofit, it doesn’t need to sell your data like some other browser makers. Moreover, the browser got a huge update this year which added even more privacy and security credentials.

Among Useful Firefox Privacy and Security Featuresthe browser now blocks third-party tracking cookies and cryptomining by default. There is also a bunch of extensions you can use to make your browsing even more user-friendly and secure.

Vivaldi

Vivaldi is built on Google’s Chromium engine, which means it’s compatible with the Chrome extensions you’ve been using before. There has been some confusion over whether Chromium-based browsers will take into account the Google Manifest V3 changes that cause ad blockers to break. Fortunately, Vivaldi has confirmed that he will notwhich makes it a valid alternative to Chrome.

by Vivaldi Privacy and Security references are strong. The browser does not track you and uses Bing as a search engine rather than Google. But if you don’t want to be one of the few people in the world using Bing, you can of course use something privacy-focused, like DuckDuckGo in place.

Opera

Opera is another browser option worth considering. It was one of the technical sites Tech Radar‘s best browsers of 2019, partly because of its privacy and security features. Opera comes with a built-in ad blocker to make your web experience safer and also alerts you to suspicious pages by checking your request against a database of known phishing and malware sites. Like Vivaldi, Opera has confirmed that it will not support Google Manifest V3 Chrome changes, making it a viable alternative for those affected.

Brave

Last but not least is Brave, the upcoming Chromium-based browser everyone is talking about. Like Vivaldi and Opera, it won’t support Google’s changes that break ad blockers, and it’s quickly emerging as the browser that cares about your privacy.

Brave officially launched in November, so it’s a new browser, but its credentials are quite impressive: the beta version attracted 8 million users. Among its privacy and security attributes, Brave blocks third-party ads and trackers. It also offers people an opt-in for advertising via Courageous Ads: A paid option to view advertisements while maintaining privacy and security.

Alternatives to Google Chrome: what to do?

Privacy and security are increasingly important to every web user, and your browser is at the heart of everything you do online.

There are many options and when you’ve been using Google Chrome for years, it’s not an easy decision. Personally, I’m a fan of Firefox, but I also like the idea of ​​Brave and will probably use it as a second browser.

Other elements such as speed will of course be part of your decision. But why not try a few options before making a final decision?