Everyone cares about internet privacy, especially those who live in the land Down Under. Privacy and protection are the few things that people all over the world can agree upon.
Australia’s cybersecurity infrastructure isn’t the best in the world. According to a government report, the country is in dire need of cybersecurity professionals to come in and give the country a much-needed boost.
Their internet speed is actually pretty good as it currently sits at 15th place, according to Speedtest. All that speed is good for nothing if your internet is not protected which is what this guide will be going over.
Which browsers are most used in Australia?
Unsurprisingly, Chrome is the most web browser in Australia. This information comes from Stat Counter which released a report on web browser market share in the country from May 2021 to May 2022.
As you can see from the image, Chrome is king with over 50 percent of the market share. Chrome is the world’s popular web browser so it stands to reason that the situation is the same in Australia.
Apple is second with over 30 percent due to it being the premier browser of macOS. And then you have Edge, Firefox, and Samsung Internet because of its prevalence in Android phones.
That said, just because a browser is popular doesn’t make it the best in privacy. The following 10 browsers are all recommended for having good privacy features, but they’re not made equally.
What is the best browser to use for privacy in Australia?
1. Opera – Ad blocker already installed
The cool thing about Opera is that you can install Chrome extensions on it. You will need a special extension to do so which is the aptly named Install Chrome Extensions. So all the great security extensions Chrome has can be moved over to Opera.
Aside from the Chrome extension support, Opera does have some pretty security features. For starters, it comes with an ad blocker already installed on it. This protects you from malware and ensures browser speed stays high.
The browser can also prevent third-party websites from tracking you with its patented tracker blocker. This ensures your privacy. And to top it all off, Opera comes with a free VPN, one of, if not the only browser that does this.
The browser’s security settings are easy to access and easy to configure, You can change them without having to open a new window.
- Opera Turbo compresses web pages to make browsing faster
- You can access recently closed pages
- The browser also comes with a password manager to save log-in information
OperaHave the most secure navigation and secure your digital presence with cutting-edge tracking adblocker and VPN protection.
2. Chrome – Various extensions at your disposal
Google Chrome is next on our list. Credit where it’s due, the browser is consistently getting new security updates that boost its protection. It’s certainly a great choice in the world in this regard.
But the problem with Chrome is that developers frequently find holes in Chrome’s security and it makes you wonder whether or not Google actually has good protection for its browser.
You can always supplement Chrome’s security with a wide variety of browser extensions, but it should be great from the get-go. You shouldn’t have to fix Google’s work. Plus, Chrome has been known to track users.
You can turn off tracking features, but it’s a little difficult to trust Chrome completely.
- Sync Chrome profile across multiple devices and share passwords
- Keep accounts separate with different profiles
- Control media across different tabs with the media hub
3. No Script – Blacklist websites you want to exclude
This guide is going to be breaking the rules a bit of what can be considered a browser. The fact is that No Script is actually an extension that you can download from the Chrome Web Store.
But it fundamentally changes how a browser operates that you can consider it to be a completely new web browsing app. It’s that powerful, so what does it do?
For example, you can prevent a news site from showing you annoying ads and videos as they’re disabled but you can allow a banking page to work just fine. No Script is a great tool to pre-emptively protect yourself against malware and suspicious links.
It does cause some conflicts on certain sites, but you can always put them on the whitelist.
- Blacklist websites you want to exclude
- Press the Ctrl and Shift keys to allow top-level site permissions
- Right-clicking on the domain copies it to the system clipboard
4. Microsoft Edge – Great Password Monitor feature
Microsoft has come a long way since the days of Internet Explorer. The old web browser was finally put to rest as Microsoft will no longer support it. Instead, it’ll focus its efforts on Edge.
Internet Explorer had security problems for its entire lifespan with government organizations telling people to get rid of it. So what’s different? Basically, Edge is now on par with other mainstream browsers.
You can now open private browsers and add extensions to them that can be used to enhance their security. Its main security feature is Microsoft SmartScreen. This is a feature that protects people from malicious websites and downloads.
With SmartScreen, Edge will actively scan whatever you download to make sure it’s okay. If not, it’ll reject the file. Plus, it has a robust tracking prevention feature with various levels of protection.
- Organize search results with Collections
- Know if passwords are compromised with Password Monitor
- Browse and search privately with InPrivate
5. Safari – Safety Check included
The premiere browser of Apple device just had to make this list. Safari doesn’t have any unique privacy features that other browsers don’t have. You can create private windows and prevent websites from tracking you on Safari.
But what makes Safari so good is how it incorporates macOS security features. The browser’s security features work best when used in tandem with macOS or iOS. Let’s look at the recent Apple WDCC event.
WDCC showed off a bunch of new features coming to Mac computers. For example, Apple wants its users to move away from passwords and use passkeys instead. These keys utilize biometric identification to create a unique login for Macs.
Safari will be getting the ability to translate images from the internet via Live Text plus Shared Tab Groups as a new way to collaborate with friends. A lot of nice quality of life changes are coming to the browser, but that’s really it.
The interesting new privacy features like greater Hide My Email support and Safety Check are for the overall macOS environment.
- Built-in sharing feature to share websites with others
- Will soon switch to secure HTTPS protocol completely
- Enhanced tracking prevention coming soon
6. Firefox – Enhanced tracking protection
Next, we have a personal favorite in Mozilla Firefox. Compared to something like Chrome, Firefox blows it out of the water. Natively, Firefox will block third-party websites from using cookies to track you.
It’ll block trackers from social websites. It can prevent annoying videos from playing automatically. The browser has DNS over HTTPS to prevent internet service providers from selling your data.
It’s available in over 90 languages and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. There’s a version for mobile devices so you can take high-quality security features on the go.
Firefox has a built-in password manager so you don’t have to remember any of it. Mozilla also included a cryptocurrency blocking feature to prevent minors from using your computer for crypto tokens.
There is so much to Firefox that it’s difficult to go over everything. On top of that, you have an entire suite of extensions to enhance your browsing experience.
- Private browsing tabs now have enhanced tracking protection
- SmartBlock will prevent common tracking scripts from working
- Sync profiles across different devices
7. Vivaldi – Useful backup encryption key
Now we have Vivaldi. This browser has multiple security tools laid out in an easy-to-understand menu. Approachability is a major factor that some tech companies tragically overlook.
It’s not enough to have a secure browser with lots of cool features. You have to display them in such a way that people instantly understand them. People don’t want to dig through menus just to find one thing.
According to Vivaldi, the browser will protect you from websites and itself trying to track you. The app doesn’t collect data on its users, which is quite refreshing to hear. It comes with an ad block pre-installed.
And like other browsers, it comes with private browsing. But Vivaldi takes it one step further. The browser lets users change the search engine used. Plus, if you forget your password, you can download a backup encryption key to recover data.
People have complained in the past that Vivaldi is a little slow and may freeze. So do be aware of that.
- Visual Tabs let you preview what’s in a tab before clicking it
- Trash Can can restore closed tabs or block pop-ups
- Adaptive Interface lets you customize aspects of the user interface
8. Brave – Brave Shields included
Brave well deserves a high placement on this list. It’s built on Google’s Chromium browser engine, the same as Chrome, but greatly improves upon it. Because of the Chromium base, some users are suspicious of Brave.
Chrome has had a reputation for tracking users in the past. First, Chrome gives people the option to opt out of user tracking. And second, Brave doesn’t do anything as close to what Chrome did in the past.
Brave has a suite of protection features which is called Brave Shields. In this suite, you have a built-in ad blocker and can stop websites from tracking you. It also boosts fingerprint protections.
Fingerprint protection doesn’t refer to literal fingerprints. It’s a type of online tracking where a third-party entity creates a profile of you based on your browsing behavior.
Things you click on, things you like, the sites you visit; all of this can be collected. Brave prevents this from happening making it truly unique.
- Can import bookmarks from previous browsers
- Security features are simple and easy to understand
- Has a VPN, but you’ll have to pay
9. DuckDuckGo – With HTTPS protocol
In case you didn’t know, yes DuckDuckGo has a web browser but it’s only for mobile devices. It came out in late 2021 and has seen a ton of positive reviews for its security features.
DuckDuckGo markets itself as the anti-Google search engine. Google Search is known to track its users which the company claims are a way to better serve people. Others see it as an invasion of privacy.
DuckDuckGo keeps zero track of your information while you use its search feature. The browser will protect you against websites and apps from tracking you, although the latter is still in beta so it isn’t perfect.
Also in beta is an email protection feature that, as you can probably guess, stops people from hiding trackers within your email. And then there’s the Fire button which clears out your browsing data with a single tap.
No other browser, mobile or desktop, has these features. It’s unknown if the developers plan on creating a desktop version besides the extensions but we hope they do.
- Automatically uses HTTPS protocol when possible
- Lots of features for developers to play with
- App has a simplistic design
10. Tor – Total anonymity to websites
Arguably, the best and more secure browser for Australia has to be the infamous Tor browser. Tor got famous for the ability to access the dark web which is a series of hidden websites on the internet.
Certain websites may be tucked away for a variety of reasons, usually for security purposes. It was created by the U.S. Navy for totally anonymous online communication and that’s exactly what you have.
It uses Tor’s wide-reaching network to hide your IP, then secures your connection. The browser does this by jumping through multiple nodes in order to make it incredibly difficult for anyone or anything to track you.
Tor is mainly used by journalists to hide their information. Other notable features include the same anti-fingerprinting feature that Brave has and the ability to browse blocked websites.
That said, using Tor to browse the internet casually is a bit overkill. You probably won’t be actively using all the features it has, but it’s still one of the best.
- Automatic data decryption on client-side
- Provides total anonymity to websites
- Possible to visit locked websites
⇒ Get Tor
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