Privacy Browser has two primary goals.
- Minimize the amount of information that is sent to the internet.
- Minimize the amount of information that is stored on the device.
In contrast, privacy sensitive features are disabled by default in Privacy Browser. If one of these technologies is required for a website to function correctly, the user may choose to turn it on for just that visit. Or, they can use domain settings to automatically turn on certain features when entering a specific website and turn them off again when leaving.
Privacy Browser currently uses Android’s built-in WebView to render web pages. As such, it works best when the latest version of WebView is installed. In the 4.x series, Privacy Browser will switch to a forked version of Android’s WebView called Privacy WebView that will allow for advanced privacy features.
Warning: Android KitKat (version 4.4.x, API 19) ships an older version of OpenSSL, which is susceptible to MITM (Man In The Middle) attacks when browsing websites that use outdated protocols and cipher suites.
- Integrated EasyList ad blocking.
- Tor Orbot proxy support.
- SSL certificate pinning.
- Import/Export of settings and bookmarks.
Changelog and Downloads
Security and Privacy Canary
Privacy Browser is available on XDA Labs. There is also a free version of Privacy Browser with a banner ad across the bottom.
An Android.mk repository is provided for integrating Privacy Browser into ROMs.