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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?

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@switchingsocial firefox focus / klar when one mobile.

will protect privacy of users.

firefox vanilla rest of the time. maybe icecat if available

@switchingsocial My comrade @grok can probably weigh in handily on this one.

@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 on android Firefox can still have all the good addons ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Unlock origin, privacy badger, and canvas defender

@switchingsocial Hi - On desktop I would add an extensions to the two browsers - like uBo, PrivacyBadger or Findx Privacy Control ๐Ÿ˜‡ get.findx.com/desktop/ -

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 get.findx.com/blog/findx-is-no 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"

@Igeljaeger @switchingsocial
I've never used it :shrug:
at a glance: Chromium based so it probably uses more RAM than Firefox Quantum and I'm short on RAM so I'll keep using Firefox

@grainloom @switchingsocial it is not chromium based and actually quite lightweight. There may be some chromium stuff in there (never heard of that) but both browser are quite incompatible

@grainloom @switchingsocial

And don't forget the HTTPS Everywhere extension!

@switchingsocial Brave Browser is underrated for phone, for desktop Firefox with extensions like uMatrix, uBlock, Privacy Badger, Decentraleyes etc. Brave for phone has pre-installed extensions (shields) for tracking, ads and more. Firefox Focus is lightweight but doesn't block ads better than Brave or regular Firefox with uBlock extension (I've tested them on few sites). Many people don't know that you can install extensions on Firefox on phone.


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. :)