Alternative browsers you may not have heard of before

You’ve probably heard of the popular web browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Edge, Safari – but are there any others? If you want a unique web browser that not everyone else is using, you have options.

We think you will be surprised by the number of “unknown” browsers. Some of them have unique features and others are quite basic, but you might like one of these alternative browsers instead of the popular one.

Check out our selection of more interesting alternative browsers that you can install right now on a variety of devices.

Epic (Windows and Mac)

If you like Chrome but want something more secure, Epic might be for you. It is based on Chrome and therefore looks very similar to it, but there are several built-in features that make it much more secure.

  • Supports encrypted proxy server to hide your traffic from prying eyes.
  • Easily find out which trackers Epic blocks on the web pages you visit.
  • Disable plugins and block ads in just a couple of clicks.
  • Blocks address bar suggestions.
  • Zero error reporting tactics.
  • Does not store history, DNS cache, web cache, autocomplete data, passwords, or third-party cookies.
  • Deletes a lot of data on every exit: settings, shortcuts, history, visited URLs, databases, icons, login data, indexed databases, most popular sites and cookies.

Ghost Browser (Windows and Mac)

Ghost is marketed as an alternative web browser that improves productivity. Aside from that fancy shift focus that you won’t find in popular browsers, this one also has premium tiers that you can purchase if you want more than the free version offers.

  • Extremely simple installation; only takes one click.
  • Classify tabs by workspace for easy management.
  • Import extensions from Google Chrome.
  • Quick access links to settings, history, downloads and bookmarks.

The free version of Ghost Browser is limited to three sessions and three workspaces, doesn’t support incognito browsing, doesn’t allow you to create browser profiles, and forces you to create a user account to get started.

Torch (Windows only)

The motto of “Torch”: “get more from the internet”, so this alternative browser might not be the one you are used to. Right off the bat, you’ll notice that it installs with several tools that focus on media files.

  • AND Download media button grabs streaming files from sites like YouTube and downloads them to your computer.
  • The built-in torrent client allows you to search for torrents and even stream them while downloading.
  • Web App Shortcuts bring online gaming and music streaming to just a couple of clicks.
  • A personalized start page button that you will be taken to when you open a new tab.
  • Change the way you view your Facebook page with the built-in facelift button.

Brave (Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS)

An alternative web browser faster than Chrome and Firefox? This is what Brave promises out of the box, so if your current browser is too slow, you might want to give this one a try. In fact, Brave advertises acceleration to eight times faster on mobile devices.

However, this is not the main purpose of Brave as a unique web browser. This mainly concerns privacy and security. That’s why when you open a new tab, you immediately see several statistics: how many trackers were blocked, how many ads the browser stopped, and how much time you saved by using Brave instead of another browser.

Brave Browser also features Brave Rewards, which you earn by viewing privacy-friendly ads. You don’t have to use the rewards system, but if you do, you’ll get a cryptocurrency wallet where your Brave tokens (called BAT coins) are collected. Your coins can be used to support the websites you visit.

Here are a few more notable features:

  • Updates pages to use HTTPS when possible to support encrypted data transmission.
  • Automatically blocks malware, malicious ads, and phishing attempts.
  • Supports most Chrome extensions.
  • Has a built-in password manager.
  • Allows you to reject a site’s request for your location.
  • Blocks automatic media playback by default.

Advice: Check out these browser tools to protect your privacy online.

Midori Browser (Windows, Android and Linux)

Midori Browser is advertised as a “lightweight, fast, free, open source web browser,” and it is. Here are some of its defining features:

  • Privacy; uses DuckDuckGo as the default search engine.
  • Supports browser extensions.
  • Uses a clear interface with easy-to-access menus and buttons.

Min (Windows only)

Min is a browser for minimalists. There aren’t many extra features here, and the user interface is extremely simple, free of unnecessary icons and distracting menus.

You can open new tabs like in most browsers, but since this tab is designed to keep you on task, additional tabs can be organized into groups called task.

Here are some other features:

  • Focus mode hides all other open tabs except the one you are currently viewing
  • DuckDuckGo is the default search engine in Min, but you can change it to a number of others, including Google, Yandex, Wikipedia, or even your own.
  • Third party ads and trackers are blocked by default, you can also block images and scripts.
  • Dark mode is supported.
  • Several customizable keyboard shortcuts make navigating the browser easier.

Flash (Windows and Mac)

Web application developers rejoice! There is a web browser made just for you called Blisk. Ideal for both freelancers and teams, this browser focuses not only on browsing the web like your regular browser, but also on development, meaning you can use the Blisk toolkit to debug and test websites.

Here are some more features:

  • View desktop and mobile versions of apps simultaneously.
  • Display the page on your phone, tablet or desktop device.
  • There is a dark and a light theme.
  • Turn device scrolling or syncing on or off.
  • Easily rotate the simulated device directly in the browser.
  • Based on Chrome, so the interface may be a bit familiar.

You can review your payment options to decide if you want more features.

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