Security and privacy are not the same in the world of browsers. But the two concepts are tightly intertwined.
How browsers enforce privacy?
A private browser protects you from data harvesters and pesky advertisements. In-built adblockers usually solve the problem. But extra measures won’t hurt. In Sidekick, for example, we have deactivated a bunch of different trackers, making you invisible to data harvesters. One of them was the notorious FLOC TRACKER that helped advertisers target you in groups of people with similar interests.
Another great privacy feature is the Incognito mode. With incognito mode on, your browser won’t save search history, and login data and will disable cookies. Still, your browsing history will be visible to internet providers and the websites you visit will know who you are.
How browsers enforce security?
A secure browser is a web browser that prevents unauthorized third-party access to your PC while you are surfing the web. It has anti-malware filters that scan and block suspicious files, anti-phishing features that inspect links in search results or websites, and plugin security to evaluate and block add-ons. Some browsers also have a sandbox feature that isolates browsing processes so they don’t affect the operating system. Web browser vulnerabilities can be minimized by keeping browser software updated.
How vulnerable you are when browsing?
DNS servers, the bridge between the browser and the website, as well as browser plugins are very vulnerable to attacks and exploits. By targeting DNS servers, for example, attackers can redirect the browser to a malicious website, and by planting exploits in plugins, cybercriminals can perform all kinds of harmful actions with your device and personal data.