Internet Security

4 Free Anonymous Web Browsers That Are Completely Private

Dan Price Updated 25-10-2018

Private information is big business and everyone is trying to watch you. The secret services, governments, Microsoft, cyber-criminals, and your creepy neighbor from across the street all want to know what you’re doing, all the time.


While it’s almost impossible to remove yourself from the global grid completely, there are some steps you can take to reduce your information footprint.

The best place to start is with your browser. It’s your main portal to the web, so using a more secure option will make a big difference to your privacy 7 Essential Privacy Settings for Chrome OS and Google Chrome Using a Chromebook, but concerned about privacy? Tweak these 7 settings in the Chrome browser on Chrome OS to stay secure online. Read More . Simply enabling private browsing in your current browser isn’t enough. You need a new browser to achieve true anonymous browsing.

Here are four private browsers that are (almost) completely anonymous.

1. Tor Browser

Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux

The Tor network has one simple goal: anonymous communication. It’s the best private web browser available and the best browser for using the dark web The Best Dark Web Browser for Your Device Want to access the dark web? You need to use a dark web browser that can take you there and protect your privacy too. Read More .


The network aims to protect a user’s location, browser history, personal data, and online messages from any person or bot that’s performing network traffic analysis.

How It Works

Network traffic analysis is arguably the most powerful weapon in a data collector’s armory. It can track your behavior and interests for advertising companies, it can lead to price discrimination on online shopping sites based on location, it can even reveal your identity to people who might want to silence or harm you.

Basic encryption techniques don’t protect you against traffic analysis. Data sent over the internet has two key aspects: the payload and the header.

The payload is the actual data (for example, the contents of an email); the header helps the data get to its destination. It includes information such as source, size, and timestamps. Encryption can only hide the payload, not the header.


And that’s when Tor comes in. It sends your internet traffic through so many individual relays and tunnels that the header is nonsensical to traffic analysis tools. In simple terms, instead of going directly from A to B, the network sends your traffic on a maze-like route through many locations.

A sniffer looking at a single point on that route has no way to tell where the traffic originated or where it’s going.

Browser Features

To access the Tor network, you need to use the Tor Browser. It’s so secure that the US Navy uses it for intelligence gathering. Tor is also used by law enforcement organizations who want to visit websites without leaving government IP addresses in the site’s log.

You don’t need to install any software on your machine; the browser is a portable app that can live on a USB stick. It means you can use the service regardless of what computer you’re working on, even if it’s in a public location such as a library or university.


The design of the browser will be instantly recognizable to Firefox users, but there are a couple of notable changes. The biggest difference is the integration of NoScript; it’s included by default. Unlike the regular NoScript add-on—which can be complicated to use—the Tor version has an easy-to-use slider to manage your privacy.

There are also some downsides to using the Tor Browser. For most users, the biggest issue is speed. Because your traffic is taking such a twisty route to get to its destination, your browsing experience will not be as fast. If you have a good connection, it might not be an issue, but if your internet speed is slow, Tor might become painful to use.

Ultimately, while Tor is the most anonymous browser option, it doesn’t guarantee anonymity. Taking online risks—such as downloading torrents or illegally streaming live TV—will still leave you vulnerable. But when compared to the mainstream browsers like Chrome and Safari, there is no contest.

2. Epic Browser

epic browser comparison


Available on: Windows, Mac

Epic Browser doesn’t use a specialized onion network, but it does immediately disable lots of the most common ways your privacy is comprised when you’re surfing the web.

For example, it doesn’t save your history, there’s no DNS pre-fetching, it doesn’t allow third-party cookies, there are no web or DNS caches, and there’s no autofill feature.

When you close your session, the browser automatically deletes any associated databases, preferences, pepper data, and cookies from Flash and Silverlight.

3. SRWare Iron

srware iron vs chrome

Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android

If you’re a Google Chrome user, SRWare Iron will be familiar; it’s based on the open-source Chromium project, so a lot of the on-screen visuals look very similar.

The main difference between Chrome and SRWare Iron is data protection. Experts have criticized Chrome for its reliance on a “Unique User ID”; every time you start a session, Google is alerted to your data usage.

SRWare strips out the usage of an ID along with other Chrome privacy concerns such as search suggestions.

4. Comodo Dragon Browser

Available on: Windows, Mac

Comodo doesn’t come close to Tor Browser, but it does have some built-in tools that’ll make browsing the web a safer experience.

It’ll automatically block all tracking, cookies, and web spies, it comes with built-in domain validation technology that’ll instantly segregate strong and weak SSL certificates What Is an SSL Certificate, and Do You Need One? Browsing the Internet can be scary when personal information is involved. Read More , and it uses the Comodo anti-virus suite to protect you from malware, viruses, and other attack vectors.

Like SRWare Iron, it’s based on Chrome, so it’ll be an easy switch for a lot of people.

Why Aren’t There Any Other Recommendations?

It’s surprisingly difficult to find high-quality browsers that focus on privacy as a primary feature. You’ll often hear Brave Browser recommended, but on the company’s website, it openly says that the app “anonymously monitors user attention, then rewards publishers accordingly with Basic Attention Token (BAT) cryptocurrency.”

Short of using a secure browser, watch out for secure websites using a root certificate What Is a Root Certificate and How Can It Be Used to Spy on You? A root certificate is an integral aspect of internet security. But what happens when a government misuses it to spy on you? Read More .

You might also look into the best free VPNs to use with Firefox The Best Free VPN for Firefox Want a VPN to stay secure with Mozilla Firefox? Several VPN services offer free VPN add-ons for Firefox, but which one is best? Read More , but remember that free VPNs are not trustworthy.

Note that if you want to truly stay safe and enjoy anonymous browsing online, you should definitely pair your anonymous web browser with a reputable VPN that cares about your privacy. Don’t know which VPN to use? We highly recommend ExpressVPN. If you use this link, you can get three FREE months when you sign up for one year.

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  1. Vinnie
    January 10, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    WTF good is a VPN when there's a payment trail right to your door? Even paying with gift cards is not secure because they're all running canvas fingerprints, or trying to, and you cannot get your card authorized until you allow it. I didn't allow it and my "anonymous" gift card was in the toilet.Get a freakin' grip, people. These companies will rat you out in a NY minute, and so won't the people who process "anonymous" payment. Until and unless they allow cash, forget it entirely.

    Even Tor isn't big time safe because of all the monitoring of the exit nodes going on.Most of them are now run by the NSA.

    • jonx
      December 5, 2019 at 4:23 am


  2. wiee
    January 10, 2019 at 9:23 am

    thank you i will download tor

  3. Zyntaxxx 3rr0r
    December 17, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Good read -- HOWEVER..... YOu left out a few key points here... Firstly...

    TOR Browser is built ontop of Firefox, which firefox is now adays a freankenstiend of Netscape, Internet explorer, Opera as it used to be about 10 years ago. and Chrome... But all in all for manageability of your privacy settings, Firefox and its children such as TOR, are far more easily set up to respect your privacy vs that of the Bull in this china shop... Chrome.... Chrome is based on Chromium, an Open source and yes and no in terms of privacy etc. Chromium flat out gives you the manual and says here... You wanna be all tyrannical about your privacy concerns... do us a favor, join the mailing list, read the dos, assemble this baby from source yourself, and add in whatever bells n whistles you want... the Iron browser... does have some Pros over its Parent. but not its grand parent... By the time Iron gets its access to the code, being that since it is based off of Chrome, which is based off of chromium, it is still behind the curve. it hasn't even received (or might have only just implemented them, since chromium is OPEN SOURCE, the code is available to hack away at,) the hot fixes and security updates from chromium by the time chrome is dropping their next point update; chrome isnt open source and therefor the current release of code isnt available publically(but it is in its ways, as there are the canary and beta releases etc)

    Chromodo i have a softspot for this browser asit was actually the one which got me to jump the fence from Firefox, aroujnd the time FF had some really shitty platform changes, such as the switch in how Extensions and apps were implemented. and all that jazz ... FF is regaining its luster with me, but also so is

    OPERA!!!! opera happens to be the only one of them that is actyually offering a VPN with theirs,, so thats ahuge win for them. and Opera has in the past been a ver PRO PRIVACY browser thats also light on the resources, and was also the basic model of our current generations ...

  4. A M
    December 15, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Only TOR from these recommendations is trustworthy
    Everyone please don't trust anyone that say oh we cut off google from the browser

    Tor has much more features that you don't see and arein background for pprotecting privacy!

  5. Alexander
    November 12, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Only 2 of the above browsers are actually anonymous. TOR and EPIC both hide your IP while the other 2 don't. Check your browser by visiting for proof.

  6. Roel Palmaers
    October 30, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    I use Avast Secure Browser which is also an anonymous web browser. Perhaps you could also review this browser.

    • Alexander
      November 12, 2018 at 8:02 am

      I tested it at It also reveals your IP address just like Comodo and SRWare Iron. The only 2 that actually work is EPIC and TOR.

  7. Eric
    August 26, 2018 at 5:51 am

    .... browser comes with duckduckgo search page. On Every website its possible to enable java, first party cookies and 3th party cookies. By default nothing is enabled. It Can work together with tor. Available only on Android. No adds as far i Can see or other sneaky things. The name of THE browser? Search yourself. Otherwise its baught by government very fast I think

  8. sozet
    July 28, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    anyone use duckduckgo browser it also claims to not track you (EVER) and has a burn all tabs button

  9. Concerned
    April 18, 2018 at 1:49 am

    How can SRWare Iron be considered a private browser when they have embedded Bing search engine as the default that cannot be removed even when Bing, Google and other chosen search engines are removed from the settings. Bing remains when a new tab is opened and cannot be changed. Surely this should raise concerns about this browsers privacy claims. The issue is on their own forum and has by and large been ignored by Iron.

    • Aghast
      May 10, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      I second that. SRWare ignores most forum users complaining about having BING as the default search engine in newly open tabs, even if the default search engine in the address bar has been changed to something less privacy invading. SRWare has sold out its users to Microsoft via their continued insistence of using BING. There have been complaints about BING in SRWare Iron in their own forums for more than two years since 2016. Strange that anyone could recommend it for privacy, when the two-faced developers obviously couldn't give a monkey's about user privacy.

    • LionsMane
      June 18, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Even Epic has Bing as the search engine. If one tries to ascertain privacy issues with Bitdefender clean up facility,there is hardly any seen as against Firefox--even with DDG search engine integration.

      • Valrobex
        January 25, 2019 at 10:17 pm

        I've been using Epic for several years now with absolutely no complaints other than it has limited add-ons which is no real issue for me. If you're concerned about search engines then simply delete the ones you don't want. I always delete them all except DDG and add Startpage. Those are the only two I use.

  10. mar
    February 21, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    UK is very protected, the internet here is censured, YouTube, pirate-bay, everything it is monitored. i used tor before, but it is slow, do not allows downloads and is complicated, now i use epic browser, you press epic encrypted proxy button and set on canada or singapore and the censorship evaporates. is way better and faster than tor, you become invisible. the internet its how it should be FREE, for mostly 70% of my webbing i use epic. hope will not change. the best browser, by leaps and bounders. i don`t do nothing illegal, but i don`t like to be monitored, i like my privacy to be respected, with epic you do not need other privacy browser. it is from india, no complain. i have 3 years using epic, took me days of research to discover this information, government censure sucks a lot.

    • Alexander
      November 12, 2018 at 7:46 am

      I have and use both TOR and EPIC. They both work unlike the other two mentioned browsers but EPIC constantly crashes during the day. Tor allows me to add a tab refresh extension but EPIC doesn't. TOR is more useful to me.

      Comodo and SRWare both reveal my IP address when checking on

  11. dragonmouth
    February 6, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Nowhere on the Comodo site is there a mention of a Linux version of their browser. In fact, there isn't any mention of Linux.

  12. Simar
    January 11, 2018 at 11:24 am

    What if i use Orbot VPN with Firefox on my Android? Is it secure?

    • Bazoonga
      March 24, 2018 at 12:31 am

      Most free VPNs are leaking and gathering data.It's better to purchase one such as PROTON ,Avira or Bitdefender vpn.

    • Meh
      April 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Linux (or in a vm) + Vpn (of your choice) + Tor

  13. Kate L Umlah
    December 8, 2017 at 7:54 am

    is there a private browser I can use for my Lenovo Chromebook? Research ") thanks

    • dragonmouth
      February 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Can't go wrong with Tor.

      • TA
        May 21, 2018 at 2:21 am

        Tor is funded by the government.

        businessinsider (dot) com (dot) au/claims-tor-funded-by-us-government-agencies-2018-3

      • TAllen
        May 21, 2018 at 2:23 am

        Tor is funded by the government.

    • Bazoonga
      March 24, 2018 at 12:32 am

      Have you tried EPIC?

    • LionsMane
      June 18, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Have you tried Epic Privacy Browser?

  14. JP
    November 20, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    I use Firefox but usually now go to Tor to mad things happen someone will delete results if you surf normally.
    When I want to listen to music or watch movies online Tor a must, otherwise they will block search results (Sweden)
    But if you want to use other browsers on Linux then you install Vin that enables instalation of any browser good luck good people:)

  15. Dick
    September 30, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    How safe/secure is, say, Firefox's Stealthy extension combined with private browsing?

    • dragonmouth
      February 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Not very.

  16. Obama Care
    August 16, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Russian Yandex and Amigo. For not leaking to US servers my data.

    • LionsMane
      June 18, 2018 at 10:48 am

      Won't the Ruskis spy on us too?

  17. aleksander
    July 17, 2017 at 10:21 am

    comodo desn't exist in linux or I'm serching it wrong.

  18. Saurabh Ghuge
    June 13, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    You are successfully done! You have crack cicadian code.

  19. Eileen
    June 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm total privacy, no logs. You are in complete control of your servers, they are not shared. When you are done using the internet, click Burn and there is no digital footprint. Everything is wiped clean!
    Burner Browser is the most private browser.

    • Anonymous
      October 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Have you ever tried using the Tor Browser yet?

    • Bazoonga
      March 24, 2018 at 12:33 am

      How does this compare with EPIC? This one is evolving further.

    • Matthew G Zatkalik
      September 17, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      $15 a month / $180 per year for perpetuity. BurnerBrowser seems similar to burning currency IMHO.

  20. Kojugart
    May 31, 2017 at 4:35 am

    How about Opera (normal, private window, VPN)? I realized that google and some other sites keep flagging Opera as an unsupported browser, while recommending Firefox, Chrome, IE, etc.
    How secured is Opera's privacy?

    • Wilson
      July 13, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      I wouldn't use opera browser. They were bought by a Chinese company.

    • Mr Anon
      August 29, 2017 at 1:05 am

      Good morning,

      I would not use the Opera browser since they have servers in countries to which data retention regulations exist so data such as log will be stored.

  21. Sérgio
    May 31, 2017 at 3:57 am

    great article, but I would like your opinion on Brave Browser. It uses a chromium, has phishing blocking, scrip blocking(good to bypass paywalls) and for last finger printing protection.
    It works great(I am even using it right now), however I am not a tech savvy, so I have my doubts about Brave.
    Care to share your toughts??


  22. Kidddas
    March 28, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I use Google Chrome's incognito web browser.

    • M. Strain Jr.
      July 4, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      That prevents data from being stored on your system, but both your ISP and Google (and therefore the government as well) can see everything you do online.

    • k
      June 5, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      it's only good if you have like 2 facebooks that you need to check all the time

  23. Ren
    March 6, 2017 at 9:44 am

    sr ware Iron, just work good. it´s a really nice browser, it don use a onion network, but, you know, it beter than chrome.

    tor is great, but only i use it when just is needed, not all the time.

  24. AnonMe
    February 21, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Give Tails a try.It's a varient of Linux you download and burn to cd or usb.Plenty of info on the web site and updated frequently.

  25. glen
    February 21, 2017 at 1:18 am

    opera 43 with built in vpn works for me

    • Jerry
      February 24, 2017 at 6:42 am

      Every site you visit goes through Opera servers first VPN or NOT.

      • ME
        April 12, 2017 at 2:45 am

        And Opera was bought by a Chinese company...

      • Dru1D
        July 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm

        Read Opera's latest Privacy Policy. They track you and then act as "Data Controllers", deciding which 3rd party or government agency they share YOUR data with. I have switched to SlimJet for now.

        • Yoop
          November 6, 2019 at 1:31 am

          This is clearly not the same Opera as we knew.

  26. Mark
    February 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    The expression is "free rein" not "free reign".

    • Dummy
      June 16, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      That depends whether you are a King or a Horse...

  27. bettedavis
    September 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    how can i torrent moies, tv without ISP and services finding out

    • Jr
      August 31, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Your local ISP knows everything and they can see and record EVERYTHING you send over the internet, even what websites or web pages you visit or connect to... but if you have a secure connection (https: encrypted web page), they will have a very hard time trying to decrypt any information passing between you and the other secure website.

  28. davsmith
    July 25, 2016 at 5:38 am

    I wouldn't trust anyone that suggests using incognito mode lmao.

    • white wizard
      February 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      U R just a sheep...
      so who cares about your opinion...

    • David S
      September 30, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Google. #DoEvil

  29. DavidH
    May 16, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I would recommend you using VPN like Hide My IP from My Privacy Tools Inc. They offer excellent service for a fair price. Forget about Tor, Tor is a thing of the past...

  30. Joe
    March 28, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Epic Privacy Browser is the best...TOR is too slow & SRWare is not very good about privacy.

  31. gerry
    February 15, 2016 at 5:37 am

    There is no privacy in Google. .read their policy. Not even in incognito!

    • David S
      September 30, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Incognito is Google for, we know w& sell your data. #DoEvil

  32. millicent
    January 1, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    what is the best browser apart from tor

  33. Mr.Ri8x
    December 12, 2014 at 2:34 am

    i cannot find any useful proxy or any VPN which will alow me to view https websites because my ISP doesn't allows me to open https websites and most of vpn use this secure protocol to connect to their services :(

    • Beta.Guy
      January 1, 2015 at 12:11 pm


      Stop using your internet now and find a new ISP. If they are truely blocking HTTPS then that is just fishy. Just my 5 cents.

      • AppleMacViking
        July 8, 2016 at 2:30 pm

        I agree this sounds fishy that your ISP does'nt allow https sites...... very fishy!!!

    • davsmith
      July 25, 2016 at 5:40 am

      Throw your computer off a cliff

      • Sandinista
        February 22, 2017 at 1:16 am

        Like you did?

  34. Ian Lim
    December 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I agree. Did you also know by using a VPN Service your ISP wont even know what you are doing online. Find the best ones at

  35. Ian Lim
    December 10, 2014 at 9:07 am

    This info has been awesome. To find the most useful tool to make yourself anonymous then you need to check this out.

  36. Ken_jk67
    June 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Ultrasurf is the BEst!

    • Jessica Cam W.
      June 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      I haven't used Ultrasurf, but hmm, there are usersthat say that their antivirus programs flagged UltraSurf.

      • Brian
        February 21, 2017 at 2:18 am

        I am a network administrator and UltraSurf flags antiviruses and other flags that end up causing bans from the carrier. We were having all sorts of temporary bans on our public IP because of UltraSurf. Once we disallowed the use of UltraSurf in our firewall, all stabilized.

  37. Lotdn
    May 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

     Can Tor be used to watch Hulu from Canada? 

    • Tina
      May 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm

      Yes, that can work if Tor creates a connection for you that uses a US IP address. That's not guaranteed, though. Besides, the transfer rates might be too slow to watch streaming video.

      I would recommend other means to watch Hulu, for example Hotspot Shield or Ultra Surf. Check out this article.

  38. Baracki Lasshot
    May 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    whoops, sorry about that one folks....posted wrong place, what the heck happened to my browser window just then.........whoaaaaaaaa! 

    • Tina
      May 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      I gladly removed that comment for you.

      • Jessica Cam W.
        May 21, 2011 at 3:31 am

        Thank you, Tina. :)

  39. ibemedia
    May 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

     it's slowing down my internet connection...

  40. Jasonked2
    May 18, 2011 at 12:24 am

     Using Incognito mode has nothing to do with surfing the net anonymously...

    All it does is prevent storing your browsing history on the local machine. It's still possible for companies inc. your ISP to see exactly what you're doing unless you take further measures as you do explain, although you do give the wrong impression saying Incognito mode is like a half step towards anonymity.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      May 18, 2011 at 2:02 am

      You got me there. Thanks for noticing the distinction. :)

      When I was writing that portion, what I was trying to say is that using Incognito mode can help protect our information FROM Google's scrutiny, but this would actually require a few more steps, like installing the Google Analytics Opt-Out Addon, and pausing Google Search Web History.

  41. Cell Travis
    May 17, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I prefer the Tor bundle when it comes to anonymity online. It's been actively maintained over the years and has a very credible development base.

    • Guest
      May 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      tor FTW! 

  42. Electronic Cigarette
    May 17, 2011 at 4:27 am

    thanks for this post, only use the firefox and chrome~~~

  43. AZB
    May 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm

     I just started using the MagusNet Public Proxy. It uses Tor with OpenVPN and seems to be pretty good so far.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      May 17, 2011 at 1:30 am

       That's an interesting find! Is it easy to use? I can't seem to find a lot of blog coverage on it on Google.

  44. Chloe Austyn Holley
    May 16, 2011 at 11:37 pm

     Thanks! I'm totally addicted to Chrome, but I've always been a little suspicious of it knowing what I want seemingly before I do.