What are the best private browser apps?

Have you ever felt like someone is watching you over while you're online? Well, let's thank Ashley Gerow for asking this on behalf of the internet community. Suggest the best private browsers for iOS and Android below and let's help her safely and securely browse through the internet.

asked by Ashley Gerow
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16 solutions
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    #1Tor Browser

    Tor Browser

    In terms of browsing privately, the Tor Browser features additional security by letting users surf anonymously and privately on the web. It prevents third-party apps from tracking you.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Amit Mittal
    Written on November 23, 2017
    "The tor browser will anonymize your traffic from web browsing so no one can snoop on it. If you are worried that someone is tracking you then using the TOR browser can help with that."
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    #2CM Browser

    CM Browser

    CM Browser, also known as Cheetah Browser, is a private browser that runs on both Android and iOS operating system. It features more security against malware and faster browsing.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Jean Parker
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "This browser eliminates some risk with the #1 antivirus. Also, it has an ad blocker, which is great since we all hate ads. Reviews are mostly positive. It looks like an interesting browser, although I have never heard of it."
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    #3Orfox

    Orfox

    The Orfox is a TOR-enabled private browser that stops third-party applications and websites from tracking the cookies and cache, and other internet activity you leave while browsing.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Brian Fuller
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "Orfox, which is a Tor Brower for Android is the best private browser you can find. It lets you use the web without being tracked by your ISP. It worked great on my galaxy 8. If you need more privacy you will want to check this app out."

WHAT'S THE MEANING?

Private browsers are useful tools to hide your identity online when visiting websites. When using private browsers, details you input into your browser are not recorded. Your IP address, browsing history, URLs, and other details will be confidential.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that whenever you browse online your data is open to third parties? These third parties can access your browsing history and use them for profit or their own gain. Did you ever notice that when you search for a topic online, ads related to it appear on your feed or browser? Social media sites like Facebook, Google, and others track you. These giants capitalize from selling their users' data--and that perhaps is one of most intriguing issues today. The data is then turned into targeted advertisements. The targeted ads you notice online come from your own browsing activity and IP address. If this alarms you, there are ways to lessen data tracking on your end.

Private browser apps can help prevent targeted ads. Some function like VPNs on Windows PCs that aim to keep your browsing data safe and secure. Away from prying eyes who use your information for profit. Chrome and Firefox are the best private browsers that have Incognito. But there are other private browsers to choose from as well. Since we live in a smartphone age, mobile apps for private browsers are the best go-to option. These browser apps are available for Android and iOS devices. The main feature of private browsers is blocking ads and sites from accessing personal information.

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    #4InBrowser

    InBrowser

    With TOR (The Onion Router) as one of its key features, the InBrowser prioritizes private browsing by saving no data, cache, history, and cookies. No third party ads allowed.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Bruce Simpson
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "InBrowser is a private browser for use on Android. InBrowser is much better than simply using incognito mode as the use of the TOR network with InBrowser makes it so that all of your traffic is hidden from your ISP as well."
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    #5Dolphin Browser

    Dolphin Browser

    Dolphin Browser is a lightweight web browser with a built-in Flash Player and an AdBlocker. It also features fast downloading, private browsing, and voice-operated commands which is available for Android and iOS.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Anna Henry
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "A fast browser designed for Android and found at the Google Store. The app blocks ads and let's you zip through the internet very quickly. It enables incognito browsing and flash player. Faster download times and multiple tabs let navigation be at your fingertips. Dolphin Browser is aptly named for its quickness. "
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    #6Brave Browser

    Brave Browser
    Brave Web Browser is a free web browser focused on ad blocking, security protection, data optimization and an enhanced battery experience for the user. It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android devices.
    Software

    Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    George Thomas
    Written on November 5, 2018
    "I dont want to become a victim of online breaching something so I'm glad for my IT friend recommending Brave for me. She said this is private so I believe her coz she's the expert."
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    #7DuckDuckGo

    DuckDuckGo

    DuckDuckGo is a search engine that focuses on assuring the privacy of the user and of the search queries. It is included as an alternative searcher on the Apple's Safari web browser and is the default search engine for Tor browser.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Gerald Rose
    Written on July 9, 2019
    "Well, to be honest, this is my top choice for the best private browsers because it is multiplatform and the app is fully functional on both platforms. Third party cookies are such a pain in my ***. One day I was looking for banks and suddenly all the ads on my facebook are about banks!! I hate that! My privacy is breached."
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    #8Orbot

    Orbot
    Orbot is a free proxy app that empowers other apps to use the internet more securely. Orbot uses Tor to encrypt your Internet traffic and then hides it by bouncing through a series of computers around the world.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Teresa Perez
    Written on July 9, 2019
    "I am not really sure if this is a browser. The description says it is a proxy app idk how that works but based on the interface, i think it is entirely dedicated to preventing other websites to track my internet activities. Ideally recommended for private browsing."
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    #9Firefox Focus

    Firefox Focus

    Firefox Focus: Private Browser is a free mobile browser for both Android and iOS users. Firefox Focus blocks all kinds of online trackers for a secure web browsing. The app is available in English, French, and Spanish.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Ankita Kapur
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "So is it true? Is Firefox Focus an incognito browser? Does that mean that I can already watch explicit content freely on my Samsung android mobile phone?"
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    #10Savy Soda Browser

    Savy Soda Browser

    Savy Soda Browser is a free private browser that boasts with their full-screen browsing. It features portrait and landscape mode with an interface similar to Apple's Safari. This browser is available for iOS and for Android.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Jaime Delgado
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "I am really glad that Savy Soda Browser is already available for Android. I remember the days when this app is only available for iPhone. Thank god for this browser! 🎉"
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    #11Puffin Web Browser

    Puffin Web Browser

    Puffin Web Browser is a mobile browsing app created by CloudMosa, Inc. It offers cloud protection for safe browsing, regularly updated Flash player, and bandwidth management. Only works in US.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Abhinav Tata
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "Installed this when I went to NY for a convention. But when I came back home in India, I cannot already use this app. Sad that this only is available in the US. 💔"
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    #12Aloha Browser

    Aloha Browser

    Aloha Browser is a free browsing application created by Aloha Mobile. It is designed with free VPN, adblock, download manager, video recorder and player, and private tabs. It is available in both iOS and Android devices.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Heather Medina
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "This is the best browser that focuses on privacy as it has a built in VPN on the browser. I would really like to recommend this app for all!"
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    #13Maxthon

    Maxthon

    Maxthon Browser is a free web browser released in 2005 for Windows, Mac, and more. It features built-in note-taking took, password manager, email addresses manager, ad blocker, night mode, multi-tab management, and so on.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Peter Bowman
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "I got Maxthon on almost all my device. This is the most private browser that I ever know that's why I had it on all of my handheld mobile gadgets."
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    #14Ghostery

    Ghostery

    Ghostery is a private and security-related browser extension and mobile browser application developed by David Cancel. It aims to help users spot and block advertisements from a webpage.

    Apps

    Web, Chrome Browser Extension, Firefox Browser Extension, Opera Browser Extension, Android, iOS

    Free

    Amber Hou
    Written on July 9, 2019
    "Fellas, this is a chrome extension. It speeds up my browsing experience. I am not really sure how smart blocking works but I am guessing it automatically flag suspicious websites. I am confident in my private browsing experience."
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    #15Red Onion

    Red Onion

    Red Onion is a full-fledged Tor-powered browser that offers you a real solution, with multiple tabs, customizable start screen, built in ad-blocker, history, bookmarks, and much much more.

    Apps

    iOS

    $1.99

    Ryan Gutierrez
    Written on July 9, 2019
    "Aside from the Cheetah Browser that I have tried several weeks ago, I think this will pass as one of the best private browser apps for iphone just because it automatically resets my browsing data upong restarting the app itself, no need to manually delete all cache."
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    #16Dolphin Zero

    Dolphin Zero

    Aside from the cloud sync feature, the Dolphin Zero browser also features secure browsing through its built-in AdBlock feature that prevents tracking of personal information.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Henry Bradley
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "Dolphin Browser should be ranked down and this version of the app should rank higher on this list. This is definitely the better private web browser application on top of the others."

Summary

Best What are the best private browser apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Tor BrowserSoftware 11 Free
2CM BrowserApps 6 Free
3OrfoxApps 3 Free
4InBrowserApps 3 Free
5Dolphin BrowserApps 3 Free
6Brave BrowserSoftware 2 Free
7DuckDuckGoApps 1 Free
8OrbotApps 1 Free
9Firefox FocusApps 1 Free
10Savy Soda BrowserApps 0 Free
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