If there is a notable and growing trend among the world’s most popular smartphone and tablet browsers, it’s this. Privacy and security. Apple even allows ad blockers to work with Safari on iPhone and iPad.
Mozilla’s Firefox is everywhere these days, even if it does not get used as often as Google’s Chrome or Apple’s Safari, but here’s a Firefox version you might want, especially if you know everyone is out to get you, and a little paranoia just might save the day. This browser focuses on privacy.
Free. Fast. Private.
There once was a time when Apple’s customers didn’t have many browser choices. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer left the Mac when Safari arrived. Firefox came later, and Chrome much later. iPhone and iPad users had Safari, Chrome, and a few also rans for years. This year is different.
Even Firefox is getting into the privacy and security act with the new Firefox Focus for iOS, a lean and fast and uncomplicated new browser which is drop dead simple to use and is built to block just about anything and everything that can follow you online.
How simple is this to setup and use?
Settings are as minimalist as you can get, but the benefits to browsing without being tracked online are worthwhile. Whatever website you have visited can be erased from your Firefox Focus browser history by pressing the Erase button at the top.
Even web fonts, including those served by Google, Adobe and others, have a method to track who uses the fonts, and other information. Those can be blocked with a button on Firefox Focus.
Much of what makes mobile web pages slow is the technology used to track users on the web. Because Firefox Focus blocks these trackers, it is likely you’ll notice a performance boost on the many sites that track your behavior. When you occasionally see a site that doesn’t work because it is dependent on tracking, and if you don’t mind that kind of tracking, Firefox Focus makes it easy to open your current site in either Firefox or Safari.
In other words, a website that does not gather advertisements, ad trackers, analytics trackers, and other trackers will load much, much faster in your web browser, and that makes Firefox Focus a good browser to use if you worry much about who is tracking you online (hint: almost every website).
Please note that Mac360 stopped using ad trackers and analytics trackers early in 2016 thanks to an internal analysis of what trackers were being employed and what readers preferred instead. So, we don’t use ad trackers or analytics. If you would like to see who is tracking you while you browse the web, we recommend a look at Ghostery, also free.