So why is the internet free? Sure you might pay your Internet service provider to connect to it, but most information on the internet is free. Everywhere you might get a load of eyes you will also get a opportunity to slap a product or a service in someones face. It’s called advertising, and it’s the main reason the internet is free. Now you know all websites are taking advantage of your attention in exchange for the information you crave. So what browser should you use? Well the main competitors on the market are “Firefox”, “Chrome”, “Safari” and “Edge”. Now you might have noticed that three out of the four main browsers are made and maintained by corporations which is a smart thing they did. Now they can monitor your activity even more and sell that statistic to the highest bidder (advertiser). So nothing is really free!
Firefox – Build and maintained by Mozilla with the motto: “Mozilla is the not-for-profit behind the lightning fast Firefox browser. We put people over profit to give everyone more power online.” This is a community build and maintained project. You might also have a look at “Thunderbird” while you’re there if you want a hassle free way of getting all your emails in one place.
Google Chrome – As the name implies it’s build and run by the Google corporation. It’s a very efficient browser but in combination with being signed into a google account a major internet tracker. You might have noticed everything you google out there sooner or later appears in ads on random websites. The aim is to dangle as many carrots in your face to spend your money.
Microsoft Edge – Honestly Edge is cute but most users will switch away from it as soon as they can. It seems to only serve the purpose of downloading other browsers after you get Windows set up. Has no real highlights and the security is even worse. It picks up pretty much all malware it can find.
Apple Safari – Same as Edge but mostly for Apple computers. Maybe a bit more invasive as Apple likes to monetise as much as possible. You might have noticed you can’t even back up your phone in Itunes without it trying to sell you music or movies.
Internet browsers do pretty much the same thing, show you your requested websites and pages as fast and as reliable as possible. And no, most services out there do not track individuals for governments. That just doesn’t make anyone money (sure there might be some organisations tracking criminal activity but that’s not targeting most of us).
Well there has always been a way to control what information you share when browsing the internet but it’s not advertised enough. You can make your browsing faster, download less crappy data that you don’t care about and take a cut of that money advertisers are making of off you. So here are your options:
Brave Browser – So this is definitely our best recommendation. It’s based on the Chrome platform but with all tracking crap stripped off and a ad blocker integrated. It’s faster, safer and you get to control the ads that pop up in your face. It also supports all extensions that you already use on Chrome. If you already use Chrome the “Import bookmarks and settings” will bring you up to speed on using it in seconds. Also some of your favourite content providers and youtubers rely on ads for their living, so a easy switch is available within the Brave browser so you can let your guard down for those sites and videos.
BitTube Air extension and browser – Comes in both browser and extension format if you don’t feel like switching to a new browser. It offers a similar ad blocker as the brave browser however some have pointed out that it may do a bit of tracking on it’s own just not as invasive and browsing with a regular browser.
You can also use pretty much any adblocker out there but it’s usually a unreliable solution and doesn’t really stop tracking.
I’ve personally tested all of the above products for at least two weeks of normal usage. And the recommendation comes from that usage. If privacy and ads are of no concern to you then both Firefox and Chrome are by far the best browsers out there with a decent security already built in. Using these browsers also makes life easier for your anti-virus software.
Now it’s fair to mention that we do not have any affiliations with any of the above products however we do get a reference bonus from the Brave browser. This does not influence our recommendations and in all truth it’s the opposite, we chose to support the Brave browser after using it and testing it and found it to be the best option for us. The Brave browser can also earn users some money for every ad they watch in the for of BAT tokens (Basic attention tokens are a form of crypto currency). They can donate that crypto to creators they appreciate or cash it out by exchanging BAT for $ at a exchange like Coinjar.
BitTube has a similar function however we found the payouts to be much much smaller for hours of browsing.
I hope I enlightened you on internet browsing at least a little bit so you won’t have to dig through articles to find answers.