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asked 2016-12-20 00:40:53 -0500

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updated 2017-03-27 08:26:40 -0500

I'm really disappointed with the current browser offerings, Firefox, Chrome, etc. No matter which FREE browser I choose, I have to completely castrate them and load them up with extensions to keep them from phoning home to Google, either with web searches, DNS requests, or "Safe Browsing" databases. By the time I'm done setting them up, they still have a distinct fingerprint, which can be checked at "". Of course there's always "TOR Browser Bundle;" but it's not that easy to use and since it's built on free browser technology, I'm not sure I should trust it. BTW TOR is as slow as...

So, I've decided I want to pony-up and fork over up to $50, $15-$25 would be better, for a browser that's designed from the ground up not to talk to anyone, other than the site I've decided to connect to. I've even researched using BIND "" to setup my own DNS server, so that the DNS queries only go to my own assets. I've even thought about setting this up on my host systems; but BIND seems to want to be attached to "localhost" and there doesn't appear to be a way to change this. Sometimes I need to use that port for other things. The sad thing is that once I decided I WANTED to pay for the mother of all browsers, I couldn't find one. In fact I couldn't find any offerings at all. I don't know if this is a market issue, or something else. There is the Astra Linux Special Edition OS, "" ( I assume this has a suitable browser) which is used by the FSB and the Russian military; but they require a request on STATE letterhead to order a copy. BTW, the installer on the "Common" edition doesn't work.

Is anyone aware of any alternatives $$$, thanks

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I just wanted to point out that the security of a software program is not related to is license.

darakus gravatar imagedarakus ( 2017-05-17 09:11:21 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-03-27 15:59:28 -0500

florian gravatar image

updated 2017-03-27 16:02:37 -0500

What? Neither Firefox nor Chrome are loaded with extensions, and by default they don't talk to google much. Just use the search engine (or duckduckgo, or ...)

DNS request are handled by the server your ISP provides, Fedora or the browser used in Fedora do not use google's DNS by default.

You're looking for a secure browser, just use the Tor Browser Bundle, it is the simplest thing to use in Fedora ever. Just download it from here, extract it and run it from there. It even includes a .desktop file that you can use as starter in Gnome. Plug 'n play.

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I believe most DNS requests go to, which is Google, especially if you live in the US.

Also, what I meant by castrating is covered at the link below, it has nothing to do with extentions:

graceful gravatar imagegraceful ( 2017-03-28 06:55:34 -0500 )edit

no, they don't mostly go there. You can easily change your DNS servers and use something like openDNS. This has nothing to do with fedora.

jlozadad gravatar imagejlozadad ( 2017-05-16 07:17:39 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-03-28 03:10:03 -0500

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Well; I like Brave browser.. no fools addons, no spam, no tracks etc... Maybe you can love it...

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OMG, thank you so much, this rocks.

graceful gravatar imagegraceful ( 2017-03-28 06:56:17 -0500 )edit

The only negative coment I have about the Brave browser is that, the bookmarks manger is a bit primamtive. You can't cut and paste bookmarks, you can only drag and drop them. Also, I have my bookmarks organazed in folders and this completely confuses Brave's bookmarks manager; and if you mess something up, there's no way to bulk delete either bookmarks, bookmark folders or all the bookmarks at once, so you can just start over. Also, if you use the bookmark toolbar in FireFox and you import bookmarks from there, almost everything just gets dumped on the bookmark bar in Brave.

graceful gravatar imagegraceful ( 2017-03-29 08:20:45 -0500 )edit

Epic privacy browser (currently, only available for Windows and Mac) does this perfectly. It recognizes bookmark folders and distinguishes between bookmarks in the bookmarks menu and those on the bookmarks toolbar. Regardless of whether you import from FireFox or from a bookmarks.html file, they get organized properly in Epic, with no manual configuartion needed.

That being said Brave browser is just as fast and easy to use as Epic and does everything else just as well. I WILL make Brave browser my default browser in Fedora 25 as soon as I feel comfortable navigating withing it.

graceful gravatar imagegraceful ( 2017-03-29 08:26:45 -0500 )edit

BTW, Brave browser handles YouTube videos lots better than firefox or chrome. They look really beautiful in Brave. The only recommendation I would give someone new to Brave on Fedora is to make sure you follow the wiki instructions for installing and activating flash player. After following these instructions, you WILL have to completely restart Brave for these to take effect. Then the enable Flash Player slider switch will be colored in and fully operational.

So far Brave is the best browser I've ever used in Linux. I highly recommend everyone try it!

graceful gravatar imagegraceful ( 2017-03-29 08:32:26 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-05-16 03:56:18 -0500

updated 2017-05-17 05:43:26 -0500

There are many alternatives available, we just don't see beyond the plethora of heavy marketing. I use Comodo Dragon Browser. You can find a list of compatible best secure browsers here.

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There are many other better alternative and privacy search engines. I personally love duckduckgo, you can choose whichever you like the most.

Ketty Mitchels gravatar imageKetty Mitchels ( 2017-07-16 14:29:55 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-03-28 06:57:56 -0500

graceful gravatar image

updated 2017-03-28 06:59:01 -0500

Here's a search engine that provides relevant, useful results blazingly fast, with NO ads:

The servers are located in the US however. You can verify this with FlagFox.

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I am prefer duckduckgo...

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2017-03-28 11:13:44 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-03-27 08:24:46 -0500

graceful gravatar image

updated 2017-03-27 08:33:32 -0500

I was able to install Comodo Icedragon, under "Crossover." It's a little buggy; but it works without crashing.

Under "Play On Linux," it crashes too much to be useful.

This is supposed to be a secure browser; but I'm not really sure how secure it really is?

"Epic Privacy Browser" will not install under Play On Linux or Crossover; but under Windows 10, it works like a dream and is absolutely bug free, unlike FireFarce and Chrumb. The privacy features seem to work really well; but it appears that the default configuration is "designed" to leave you vulnerable. Also the default VPN is located in the US, which is kind of suspicious to me; fortunately, however, you can change this. This is now my default browser in Windows.

I would really like to see an open source and peer reviewed version of this released for Linux; and in the meantime support for it under both Play On Linux and Crossover.

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I don't recommend install wine, also a browser working with wine, various risk of security...

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2017-03-28 03:32:27 -0500 )edit

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