Web browsers are multipurpose Web applications that include the ability to view websites as well as interact with other software and services.
Download a Current Browser
Use only browsers that are a currently maintained. These tend to be more secure, run faster and display current web content as it was intended.
Modern browsers offer improved security and functionality.
Keep Your Browser Updated
Whichever browser you use, it is important to keep all installed browsers and extensions updated.
Uninstall Obsolete Software
Uninstall obsolete browsers or those you don't use except where prevented by the operating system (e.g. Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari).
The Firefox Browser has built in tracking protection.
That makes it harder for politicians, advertisers, and disinformation disseminators to find you.
More privacy means more democracy. — IRL
- Download | Features | Addons | Support | Community.
- Refresh Firefox | Customize | Keyboard shortcuts | Tips & Tricks.
- HTTPS-only mode | Firefox Sync | Firefox Privacy | Data Collection.
- Supported: Windows, Linux and Macintosh | Firefox for Mobile.
- Firefox Developer Edition is beta software tailored for web developers.
Firefox is a family of browsers including versions for mobile devices, enterprise and virtual reality devices. It is the only major independent browser.
Replace Google for Privacy
- Download | Features | Extensions | Help | Community.
- Supported: Windows, Linux & Macintosh | Android | iOS.
Replace Google for Privacy
Google is experimenting with FLoC, Google's answer to the elimination of third-party cookies.
By gathering the information about a user's history and grouping them with users with a similar history, the advertiser could reach the intended market, supposedly without breaching privacy.
After all the pushback, concerns, and issues, the fact that Google has chosen to ignore the warnings is telling of where the company stands with regard to our privacy. — EFF
Besides the Chrome browser, Google owns a huge range of products, each of which dominate or are very competitive, including Google Search, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Drive, Blogger and YouTube.
Break up with Google. Use a web browser you have more control over, and which has more plug-ins that you can use for privacy, such as Firefox. — Windows Secrets
Google collects your surfing data. Google never forgets. See privacy concerns.
Microsoft Edge is a Chrome-based browser, replacing the original Edge that was launched with Windows 10.
- Download | Features | Help.
- Microsoft Edge for Android | Microsoft Edge for iOS.
- Microsoft Edge privacy. | Microsoft Privacy Statement.
- Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android are supported.
Replace Bing for Privacy
Safari brings robust customization options, powerful privacy protections, and industry-leading battery life to Apple devices.
- Downloads | Features | Extensions | Support | User Guide.
- Macintosh and iOS are supported.
- Windows support ended on July 25, 2012 with version 5.1.7.
Watch out for browsers that enhance Internet Explorer rather than build an independent browser. Such browsers inherit all of IE's vulnerabilities.
Opera is a slim yet full-featured browser.
- Features include VPN, ad blocker, messengers and battery saver.
- Windows, Macintosh & Linux are supported.
Opera is now a Chrome-based browser.
These archives are useful primarily to researchers, web designers and others wishing to see how older browsers display current content.
- evolt.org Browser Archive has many of the dozens of browsers that have come and gone over the years.
- Netscape Browser Archive.
- Browser Timelines shows the relative timeline of various key browsers.
Installation of these unsupported browsers can corrupt Windows settings (such as earlier versions of Internet Explorer) or not work properly at all.
They also lack any security improvements, so using them makes you much more vulnerable to malware and other hazards found on today's websites.
Internet Explorer: Do Not Use
While IE has been a part of Windows since Windows 95, it is no longer a suitable browser. It is a compatibility solution and no longer safe to use.
Microsoft recommends using Microsoft Edge as your default browser and supports Internet Explorer 11 for backward compatibility. — Microsoft
A Compatibility Solution
Windows 10 includes IE as a compatibility solution which is not intended to be used as your primary browser. IE's behaviour can be controlled by group policy (which is why it is common in corporate environments).
You see, Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution. We're not supporting new web standards for it and, while many sites work fine, developers by and large just aren't testing for Internet Explorer these days. They're testing on modern browsers. — Chris Jackson, Microsoft
Windows 10 Moving to Edge
New plugins in IE now redirect requests to Edge (which is now uninstallable).