Step 3: Secure Browsing


Secure Browsing and Search

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Requirements

Skill Level: Self or IT Admin
Cost: Free
Time: 1 Hour



What

Secure browsers are ones that protect your privacy by using ad blockers, browser fingerprinting protection and its privacy focused nature. Brave is a chromium-based browser that blocks ads, blocks scripts, blocks third party storage and automatically upgrades all connections to HTTPS. Secure search engines help protect you from having your private data and search history tracked and collected.



Why

A secure browser that protects your privacy is a critical tool for staying safe online and keeping your data secure from third parties. In this guide we are going to be analyzing the most secure browsers that also respect your privacy. Third party companies attempt to collect browsing history, login credentials, cookies and trackers, and auto fill information. Secure browsers like Brave and secure search engines like DuckDuckGo protect your privacy against all of these.



How

Below are the steps to set up Brave and DuckDuckGo (there are other good platforms out there, just a couple of examples…).



Brave


How to set up a secure browser such as Brave:

  1. Go to www.brave.com
  2. Download Brave
  3. Go to machine settings > DefaultBrowser > select Brave > Save


DuckDuckGo


How to set up a secure search engine like DuckDuckGo:

  1. Go to https://duckduckgo.com/install
  2. Right click in the search bar
  3. Select ‘Edit Search Engines’ in the dropdown
  4. Find DuckDuckGo and click “Make default”
  5. Install and use on mobile devices as well