If you’re interested in gaining more privacy online without all the hassle, Epic Privacy Browser is a solid option. Let’s take a closer look.
A Browser Focused On Privacy
Epic Privacy Browser is based on Chromium (which also powers Google Chrome, be it beta or stable), and is designed to protect your personal data / privacy by blocking tracking cookies and scripts which might collect personal data about you while browsing websites or doing searches on Bing or Google. For example, Do Not Track is enabled at all times and Epic will notify you each time it blocks tracking software from a website (normally advertising cookies etc…).
Sound interesting? Let’s hit the Epic site and start the download.
By default Chrome tracks you by giving each install a unique ID and timestamp. Epic removes this process making even the initial install more secure. The default updater is also removed, and so is error tracking. Details and features aside, you shouldn’t notice many other changes vs. the standard Google Chrome install with the exception of Epic Privacy Browser telling you the number of trackers its blocked as you surf the web.
For example, when I hopped over to CNET, no less than 11 trackers were blocked by Epic.
Another thing you’ll notice from the beginning is the proxy button on the address bar. If you want to hide your IP address from the websites you’re visiting, this makes it very easy. Click the button and you’re all set! No extra software to install.
Additional privacy options can also be set by clicking the Umbrella Button next to the proxy button. Very convenient with all the options just a click away.
Epic also uses its own search engine, which encrypts your searches and routes them via https which is a huge benefit when it comes to protecting your privacy online. And speaking of search, although normally search engines will pass on the keyword(s) used to find a website, Epic does not further locking things down from a privacy perspective.
Along with all the features during your internet surfing, Epic also clears any data it may have collected automatically once you close open tabs or the browser itself.
If your online privacy is important to you, groovyPost highly recommends you check out Epic Privacy Browser. While nothing is 100%, Epic does an excellent job protecting your online privacy and is leap years ahead of a basic install of Firefox, Chrome of IE (from a privacy perspective).