Global Column | Reasons to Abandon Chrome

Chrome may be the most popular, but it’s the worst for users who value privacy.

Google launched the Chrome web browser in 2008, about six years after Firefox appeared. It still uses the open-source Chromium engine, and has received great response in terms of speed and ease of use.

There are many advantages to using Chrome. The way Chrome integrates with Google’s own services and the massive extensions are certainly advantages, but there are more downsides these days.

Chrome has long been the best chromium browser, but that’s no longer true. Chrome takes up a lot of memory, so if a Windows 10 user opens a lot of tabs, the computer can crash quickly. Brave and Microsoft Edge also don’t cause the same problem, despite being the same chromium-based web browser.

Worst in terms of privacy protection, there is also an alternative

Chrome’s memory problem is only incidental compared to its biggest drawback. Chrome is completely lacking in terms of privacy. This is not surprising. Google’s business is data-driven, and it collects as much information from users as possible.

With Chrome, the default search engine is, of course, Google. It’s the best in business, but both input and voice searches are recorded, and this data is used to increase relevance to personalized ads. You might think of it as an advantage, but most users don’t like their activity being tracked and advertisements for the product they just watched.

How about an ad blocker through Chrome? Google doesn’t let blockers block all ads. Block some, but not all.

What users may not be aware of is that many web browsers are designed with privacy in mind. Brave, already mentioned, is one of the best known web browsers for privacy. Brave’s argument is impressive. It’s three times faster than Chrome, uses up to 35% less battery on mobile, and provides better privacy than Firefox (in default settings).

Along with Brave, Opera is an underrated browser in my opinion. It blocks ads and tracking, and has a built-in VPN, so it’s great for public Wi-Fi, and it can unlock Netflix.

It’s very basic, but it’s free and as simple as turning it on in settings, so there’s little reason to complain about it. The Opera Touch browser for iOS and Android doesn’t have a VPN, but it blocks ads and trackers.

Another option is Avast’s Secure Browser, based on Chromium. It blocks ads by default, but you can choose to block only those ads that are the most disturbing.

There are additional privacy features, such as preventing websites from identifying users based on their web browser profile, and even alerts if a user’s email address is leaked online.

Basically, it also warns you about dangerous websites, but it reminds you once more before clicking on harmful links. It also forces websites to use encryption to protect their data. It’s integrated with AVEST’s VPN service, but it’s not free and requires a subscription. Gmail, Google Docs, and other Google services are still unavailable on these browsers. Because it’s not exclusive to Chrome.

Of course, there are many more great browsers, and there are many privacy browsers as well. It’s free, so you can use them all.

Tips to stay anonymous online

1. Don’t use Google search
As mentioned earlier, using a’privacy browser’ is a good start. However, if you don’t want Google to know what you’re searching for, you shouldn’t set Google as your default search engine.

2. Don’t rely on private browsing mode, use VPN
In general, users think that when they open Google’s new incognito window, their activities will not be revealed. Not like that. It simply means that the sites you search and visit are not recorded. Internet providers can still see that information, and if you’re signed in to your Google account, Google knows what you’re doing. Use a VPN that encrypts your data to keep your internet provider from seeing your site.

3. Don’t log in to your account
Some VPN services make users anonymous. However, by logging into any account, such as Google, Facebook, Amazon or any other site, you know exactly who the user is for that service. If you log in to your Google account, you don’t need to use a VPN. Once you log in, using a VPN doesn’t stop Google from recording your activity.

Obviously, being anonymous means you have to sacrifice some convenience, so if you want a high level of privacy, you should seriously think about using Chrome. [email protected]

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