They say there is no free lunch. Even when something is free, often there’s a catch. Most of Google’s apps are free. What’s the catch? Loss of privacy. Facebook is free. Catch? Privacy. See how that works.
Browsers are free, right? Almost. Even Safari, Chrome, and Firefox are free but all have a default search engine– usually Google– which helps to pay the freight. The trend in browsers these days is, well, privacy and security. How is that working out?
Zero Is Free
One can argue that all major browsers and most minor browsers are good these days. We live in The Golden Age of Browsers. So be it. Browsers are free. All do much the same thing. Display webpages. All have a slightly different feature set, yet not all browsers are created different.
Safari is about convenience. Chrome is about taking information from users. Firefox focuses on privacy and security. Yet, there are a dozen new browsers which make for a good browsing experience and make it easy to not be tracked while online. Here’s another one.
This one is the Trend Micro Zero Browser. It’s free. It’s more privacy oriented than feature oriented. It fits somewhere between Firefox and Firefox Focus and works a bit like Brave.
What you see is what you get. Zero Browser displays what it blocks on each website, yet it’s fast and simple– and devoid of some functionality we love and respect like synchronized bookmarks.
One tap to the Trash can icon and your browser history is deleted. I like that. Tap to open the URL search field and get a bunch of search option icons above the keyboard. I like that.
Compare the Mac360 home page stats above with another Apple-oriented website below.
That’s plenty of blocking going on for just one website. Now, multiply that kind of privacy with all the websites you visit. In the end, you save time, you save bandwidth, and you save a bit of your browsing privacy.
Zero Browser blocks ads and trackers and makes it drop dead simple to kill your browsing history in an instant. Plus, you get details on each website you visit so you can compare those that track you incessantly (as above) with those websites that do not track you at all (Mac360 comes to mind).
As to features, there isn’t much to write home about. You can save website bookmarks but not import or sync between devices. Zero Browser runs on iPhone and iPad but not on macOS. It does not capture history and blocks almost everything and anything worthy of blocking.
While there is much to like in Zero Browser there isn’t much to the settings which are drop dead simple to use. Yes, I like Safari’s preferences but the name of the game these days is privacy and security and Apple could do a better job with less cohabitation with Google.