The bottom five of the Top 10 are shrouded in mystery. Camino (no longer developed). SeaMonkey (Firefox with old Netscape Communicator tools bolted on). What else? It’s a short list because all the rest of the Mac browsers combined make up about one or two-percent of total usage. Add this one to the list.
Epic: Fail? Or, Success?
Among the tens of millions of Mac users around the world there are some who are fully paranoid about security.
The Epic browser for the Mac is aimed at those users. Think of all the basic security features you’d prefer in Safari, and Epic comes close.
Almost every website and advertiser uses tracking tools to monitor which sites you visit, which articles you read, and which advertisements you see and click on when browsing the web.
That means your browser is likely cluttered with cookies, Flash cookies, HTML5 storage files, IP addresses, and everything else that monitors you while you’re online.
Epic strips away all the security clutter. There’s no address bar with URL tracking. No URL checking. No URL suggestions. Epic won’t even display alternate error pages, errors, or navigation error suggestions.
When you close Epic there’s no history, no sync, no spell-check, no cookies, no web cache, no DNS cache, no passwords, no extensions, no login data, no certificates, nothing. Zilch. There’s even a one-lcik proxy which can hide your IP address from the world. Even advertisements are blocked (so please visit Mac360 using Safari instead).
It’s like the DuckDuckGo of browsers for the Mac.
Otherwise, Epic looks a bit like Safari, and because it doesn’t have all the tracking goodies going on, loads and renders website pages a little faster than the major browsers. The pages may not look as good, but at least Big Brother can’t see you and your whereabouts as quickly or easily.
Epic looks and feels much like Google’s Chrome browser, but without all the settings and options. Will Epic matter to most Mac users? Probably not, but the paranoid may prefer to be less visible while online.
What scares me is that Epic is based upon Google’s Chrome, and Google doesn’t exactly have a good track record when it comes to user privacy. In fact, the Epic developers are so proud of their browser and so sure you’ll love the experience that it automatically changes your default browser selection to Epic (easily changed back in Safari’s Preferences).