6 Google Chrome Browser Alternatives With Increased Privacy


Google Chrome may be marketed as a secure browser, and we all know it’s more intuitive than Edge, but does it offer enough privacy for you?

Depending on your preferences and what you value most, such as security or speed, you might find a better browser in this list that suits your needs. You can still use your Google Account with any of these browsers.

And each browser has its flagship feature, which makes it interesting for a specific audience. But Chrome follows you even in incognito mode, so let’s find an alternative option that offers more privacy.

1. Epic

If security and anonymity are your main concerns, Epic might be the perfect choice for you. It has a built-in VPN that removes your IP address from searches, so you won’t receive localized results when searching for something.

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Epic is a Chromium-based browser. This means it’s based on Chrome’s technology but works differently. It uses Hidden Reflex, which removes all Google services from the browser. This means that your data and your searches are not filtered by Google, which allows you to remain anonymous. The problem with Epic is that it’s new.

The interface is pleasant and relatively fast, but it is sorely lacking in plugins. Epic might not be the ideal fit if you love your Chrome extensions and don’t want to give them up. Built-in security is a central selling point because there is no configuration on your end. You’ve just run Epic and you’re as secure as it gets.


Safety and security are the most important concerns for most users when searching the web. People are tired of personalized ads. Tor allows you to remain anonymous when connecting to the network and helps with security.

There is a bit of practical knowledge you need when you install it. You can’t just download it like you can with Chrome or Firefox and just run it as an executable file. You need separate installers to launch it on your PC. Tap or click here for our guide to using Tor.

Tor recommends installing the browser on a USB drive, claiming it helps with anonymity. Although it can be installed on most removable storage media, such as an SD card, you can keep it in your internal storage.

Although it loads slower than Chrome (meaning you have to use fewer tabs), Tor has security plugins that keep you protected and anonymous. Tor requires a bit more computer know-how to get started, but once you get it started it’s simple to use. Just be aware that Tor can be used to access the Dark Web, so have intention and be safe with your research.


Maxthon has been around since 2008, so it’s been in the game for a while now. Many browsers other than Chrome try to take a minimalist approach, but Maxthon encourages the use After add-ons and features to give you a rich and personalized experience.

With Maxthon, you can natively block ads in the browser. You don’t need to add anything else to your browser (although there are plenty of options). Maxthon can sync your passwords and cloud sync tabs, making browsing a seamless experience.

However, it has security issues. Although we don’t know if it was data in private browsing mode (the Incognito equivalent), a security analyst called Maxthon for sending data back to its headquarters. This goes against the message that your data is kept private, but this is unconfirmed at this time.

4. Ungoogled Chrome

This browser is exceptionally simple. Chromium is the open source engine on which Google Chrome is built. Consider Ungoogled Chromium, a minimalistic, stripped-down version of Chrome.

It always sends all your data through Google’s servers, which does not lend your privacy. There are some manual options you can enable to improve security, but you won’t have complete anonymity.

Ungoogled Chromium is designed to be better for Linux users. For Windows users, this is a lighter and arguably faster browser. It removes certain features from Chrome that can clog your processor and slow down your computer.

5. Opera GX

Opera GX is a purpose-built browser for gamers, built on the back of Opera. Although some features are difficult to access and the menu is not as easy to navigate as other browsers, it is easy to use once you are done with the setup.

With a built-in VPN and a fully integrated ad blocker, you have fewer privacy and security concerns than with Chrome. It even includes Twitch and Discord integration so you can stream and chat with friends without additional apps running.

While Opera GX is all about keeping CPU and RAM usage up while you play, it’s been known to have spotty performance issues in the past (usually after updates). Opera GX works on desktop and mobile, and both browsers sync with your settings across all platforms.

6. Torch

Based on Chromium, Torch looks and feels similar to Chrome. It has security features like a pop-up blocker and Incognito mode, similar to Chrome.

Torch makes it easy to “flame” your search history with just one click. Although the interface is lighter and easier to navigate than Chrome, it can consume more RAM and run slightly slower.

Using Torch requires disabling certain add-ons such as the built-in music and games tabs (which most people never use). It’s a Chrome alternative with a few stability issues here and there, but if you don’t want to support Google directly, Torch is a great secondary option.

There’s no harm in trying a new browser

You can still use Google Search and your Google Account with another browser. Some will be faster than others, and some may feel more comfortable. But at the end of the day, it’s about what you like to use while having great security features. Try each of them and see which one you prefer.

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