Epic Browser Review
By Paul Liu
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Epic Browser is one such tool which promises to keep your personal data and browsing sessions safe from the government, ISP, web service providers as well as online advertising companies whenever you connect to the internet. The browser is currently available for Windows and Mac platforms and is based on the Chromium open source web browser project.
Epic Browser uses a number of methods to protect user privacy on the web. The browser has the “private browsing” and “Do Not Track” modes enabled by default plus it doesn’t let users disable key privacy features that can jeopardize their privacy. The tool does not record or capture browsing history, caching data, passwords or any other details that can compromise privacy on the web. And although it is possible to accept third party cookies and enable ads, it needs to be done for each site individually since each browser tab is considered a separate process. Epic also deletes all traces of your browsing activities as soon as you close the browser.
Epic offers a one-click proxy feature which can help you to hide your IP address and browse the web without leaving any kind of footprint. The company has partnered with Spotflux to offer US based IPs to its users plus it also enables the proxy mode by default whenever users conduct searches through leading search engines. The browser even strips off header information to prevent service providers from keeping track of the search terms that lead users to their sites.
Apart from the above privacy features, Epic Browser also protects users against eleven different tactics that web service providers and tracking companies rely on to capture user data including URL checks, error reporting, address bar suggests, URL tracker, navigation errors and suggestions, error pages and reporting, installation ID and timestamp, auto-translate, alternate error pages, RLZ-Tracking number and software updates. The browser also blocks tracking scripts and pages and as a result, loads webpages significantly faster than usual. In addition, the software doesn’t update itself automatically every time there is a new update to the Chromium project. The Epic team checks every new update for backdoors and privacy compromising features and releases upgrades only when they are 100% sure of the usefulness of the new features.
While there are number of benefits of using the Epic Browser, there are some drawbacks as well. For instance, it is not possible to install add-ons or use features like auto-translate, spell checking or session restore that are standard in most browsers. And since common Password Managing tools are not compatible with the browser, you may have to type your passwords manually or enable the “Remember Password” feature once for each website that you wish to log into. The browser also doesn’t let you change its default search engine (which is epicsearch.in and happens to be a revenue generating source for the company) which is a significant drawback since the results returned by it cannot be compared to those fetched by search providers like Google and Yahoo.
Despite its drawbacks, Epic Browser is a useful tool that offers a number of privacy advantages over traditional browsers. If you are looking for a reliable tool that shields your online sessions from all kinds of surveillance and tracking, Epic Browser is definitely worth a shot. For more information, please visit: www.epicbrowser.com.