How your browser protects your privacy

With the launch of the latest version of Edge, a new race for browsers has started, and one of its main goals is privacy. Some browsers offer a wide range of privacy tools, while others only offer certain types of protection. The differences might be worth choosing (or deleting) a browser.

In the following articles, we provide a browser-by-browser breakdown of the types of tracking protection that each offers, based on the information provided. We have tested each browser and looked at how it handles first-party cookies (which are typically used for things like remembering your login information and what’s in your cart) and third-party cookies (which are often used by advertisers and others to collect information and track your online behavior).

We also explain how to adjust the settings of each browser to maximize protection against cookies or eliminate them completely. (Keep in mind that blocking all cookies can cause some sites to break, which is why we also explain how to adjust your settings to allow certain cookies.)

Of course, there are other factors to consider when evaluating a browser, including speed, compatibility, and how you use it. And you may already have a preferred browser or should use the one provided on your work system. But your personal data is important to protect, and if you’re not happy with the way your browser treats it, you may want to try a different one. Even if you don’t plan to change your browser soon, it’s not a bad idea to learn to maximize your privacy as much as possible.

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