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What would you recommend to beginners as an easy-to-use, easy-to-install privacy-conscious web ? (This covers both computers and phones.)

How worrying is Chrome's tendency to scan users' computers and/or phone home to Google?

Is there anything in Firefox to worry about?

@switchingsocial firefox focus / klar when one mobile.

will protect privacy of users.

firefox vanilla rest of the time. maybe icecat if available

@switchingsocial I really do love firefox! I used Chromium for some time, but Firefox got me back, because it's so incredibly convenient and fast.

@switchingsocial Hi - On desktop I would add an extensions to the two browsers - like uBo, PrivacyBadger or Findx Privacy Control 😇 -

For mobile I would go with our own Findx browser, it an alternative to a native Safari or Chrome - very simple, but with tracking protection and private search.

Besides that Brave is an upcoming browser on both mobile and desktop.

@switchingsocial Firefox/Fennec with some extensions like uBlock, Privacy Badger, HTTPS Everywhere, Cookie Autodelete, etc.

How about GNU icecat or google chrome fork - Iridium?


Chrome free for the last 3 years, and will probably never go back unless its binary blob free. I use a wide variety of browsers on the desktop, but the daily driver is usually Firefox DE with uMatrix installed at the very least, and Tor Browser for general search engine use. Still using Otter for FB due to its incredible cookie mgmt which really has no peer for any vanilla browser, despite Fx having containers nowadays.

Firefox is pretty good, use Tor-Browser if you are more paranoid, otherwise just install a few addons and you're more or less safe.
A few I recommend/use:
Cookie Auto Delete
Firefox Multi-Account Containers
Temporary Containers
uBlock Origin

NoScript or uMatrix

advanced-er and super paranoid:

@grainloom @switchingsocial That last link is superb. Is there some way to automate those steps? Syncing profiles somehow?

@cbowdon @switchingsocial
You could probably write a script that modifies whatever config file Firefox uses, but I'm not aware of any.
There are also Firefox derivatives that might have those preconfigured.

@grainloom @cbowdon @switchingsocial
The wikipedia page mentions that it consumes fewer resources than Firefox but the citation is 6 years old so I doubt that it still holds post-Quantum.

@grainloom @switchingsocial "Service workers provide no user benefit"
"This prevents people using bullshit alphabets" uuuuhm okay

@charlag @switchingsocial
Yeah, take it with a grain of salt. It did lead me to disable autoplay and I love that, so IMHO it's worth picking some ideas from.

@grainloom @switchingsocial I agree, some things are useful, it's just radiates techbro-ish whiteness and "I know what you need"

@grainloom @switchingsocial firefox also has a few dark patterns in it.

IceCat is by far the best browser, endorsed by the FSF. It's available on android too


Both #Chrome and #Firefox/#Mozilla have #security issues. Right now I'm using the #beta-test of the #Brave browser. It's Chrome-based at the foundation; but it is being built from the ground up otherwise: with #privacy and security as its MAIN focus -- aside from dealing with the issue of #advertising (the basis of privacy intrusion, after all) up-front, with a cryptocurrency payment system the user chooses to implement...

Frankly, I wish I knew more than I do.

@switchingsocial you can use tor both on your phone(Android at least) and desktop. You can worry about the decline usage of firefox and hence website becoming "incompatible with it"

@switchingsocial A little late, but I really like Vivaldi on computer. Using Brave and Firefox Focus on mobile. :)

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