What would you recommend to beginners as an easy-to-use, easy-to-install privacy-conscious web #browser? (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?
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 https://get.findx.com/blog/findx-is-now-a-private-search-engine-in-the-brave-browser/ is an upcoming browser on both mobile and desktop.
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
NoScript or uMatrix
advanced-er and super paranoid:
@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 A little late, but I really like Vivaldi on computer. Using Brave and Firefox Focus on mobile. :)