5 most secure and private browsers for Android

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You must be aware that companies and third parties are using our data without consent. That is not only unethical but illegal. But these companies are so powerful that we cannot do anything about it – no, we can. We can completely secure our data and our browsing habits and interests.

Remarkably the process is quite simple. All you have to do is download a secure browser app. A VPN app encrypts your data, your IP and all your internet surfing activities. You can completely hide your digital footprint.

There are dozens of companies that are offering secure browsing options and if you are concerned about them, you should take a look immediately. For this can be important. Your data is sacred,

it is private, and no one has the right to it and certainly not the big companies. Data gathering is as good as spy. Let’s stop this menace once and for all.

If you have some recommendations about these apps, do not hesitate to let us know in the comment section or through our contact page. Thanks to Steve Clarke from No Hassle Mobile Phones for recommending Brave Browser to us, we are currently reviewing the browser and will be posting a full review soon.

Until then, you can see what we have got here. We searched and researched meticulously to bring you the best of the best. And believe me, it was no easy task. Here are five most secure browsers for Android. Enjoy.

  1. Firefox Focus

The Focus browser is another masterpiece by Mozilla – a giant browser company. Like all the other browsers of the company, it comes filled with features and options.

Focus is a standard private browser application. It is simple but it does the job perfectly. It erases all your data from your internet sessions the moment you close your browser.

In case you have a session open the browser will send you a notification alerting you to the fact. This means that you will completely aware of any activity and when handing over your phone to someone, you can close it.

  1. InBrowser

InBrowser is in a perpetual state of incognito mode. It has a cloaking mechanism that won’t even recognize your device. With further settings, the browser won’t be able to tell whether you are using a mobile or not, thus mobile sites won’t be shown and you will get a full site.

Upon exiting the app, everything including your data, logins, browsing history will be cleared. And the app would store nothing. It would be a clean slate when you open the browser next time.

  1. Firefox for Android

Firefox browser for Android might not be a privacy browser strictly speaking, but it is still worthy of being included in this list. It is a solid browser that is feature packed and with some great settings for privacy.

Using some add-ons you can make your Android browser completely secure. The reason we recommend this browser is because it is wholesome. With few tweaks, you get airtight privacy and one of the best browsers, if not the best, in the world.

The reason we included Firefox for Android is that it is an all-purpose browser. Whilst it is highly recommended that you use it for your ‘regular’ browsing, why not use the same thing for private browsing as well? – it is doubly convenient.

  1. Frost Incognito Browser

The Frost Incognito Browser is quick, swift and to the point. It is completely free and all it does is that it deletes your cookies, surfing activity, and browsing history simultaneously as you use the internet.

Frost Incognito Browser is always in incognito mode. It also comes with a default app for ad blocking. You can browse with multiple tabs and switch between them. Another plus for incognito mode is that you can open separate activities,

Even private from each other. For example, if you are surfing two websites, no technology will be able to track even your fake IP to those two websites. Incognito mode was invented so that multiple people can use the same browser and not walk over each other’s bookmarks and saved passwords.

  1. Privacy Browser

Privacy Browser is a great app, it says right there in the name that it focuses on privacy. It hides your data and history while you are browsing. The company says they do not store or keep any of your data.

The Privacy Browser supports TOR as well. It automatically blocks all your ads. Although you are given extensive preference and customization options, the default settings are quite strong and focused on privacy.

You can find the browser app on Google Play, XDA Labs, Amazon Appstore, and F-Droid. Privacy browser has some paid add-ons but other than that it is completely free. Lightning fast, secure and free.

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Best Android developer tools

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Android offers a ton of opportunities for developers: it is a versatile, open platform used by millions of users worldwide with a fantastically easy distribution platform to help reach a large audience. Fortunately,

There has never been a better time to create your own Android app!

Top Android developer tools

In this post, we’ll run down a selection of the best tools for Android development, from IDEs and game engines to emulators and design tools.

Android Studio

No list of Android development tools would be complete without Android Studio. This is the official IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for Android, making it the number one choice for the majority of developers looking to make basic apps in-keeping with Google’s Material Design and with access to all the advanced features of the platform.

android developer tools

The IDE is where any developer will spend most of their time: it acts as an editor for the chosen programming language (Android Studio supports Java, C++ and now Kotlin, though Java is the official language of Android), a compiler that can create APK files and a file system for arranging your project.

It also includes an XML editor and ‘design view’ for arranging elements on the screen. Android Studio offers an entire suite of additional tools too – some of which we’ll examine in this post – and thankfully most of this will now come bundled together as a single download. In fact,

AVD Manager

The AVD Manager tool is bundled with Android Studio. AVD stands for ‘Android Virtual Device’, so essentially this is an emulator for running Android applications on your PC. This is useful because it means that you can test your apps quickly without having to constantly install them on physical devices.

More importantly, the AVD Manager allows you to create lots of different emulators with different screen sizes, specifications and versions of Android.

 

avd manager android development tool sonic the hedgehog emulator

Android Device Monitor

Another built-in Android development tool, the Android Device Monitor allows you to monitor your device or virtual device during runtime and get access to information such as how many processes are running on what thread, network stats, the LogCat and more. It’s great for testing the performance of your apps and seeing what’s going on under them.

Android Debug Bridge

The ADB shell is a useful little command-line tool that you can use to communicate with or run commands on a connected Android device (virtual or physical).

It comes with Android Studio and for the most part, you won’t need to worry about it. Every now and then though, you’ll be following a tutorial and find you need to open it up. To do so, navigate to the platform-tools folder of your Android SDK installation or whichever folder adb.exe is located and open up a command line (Shift + RMB > Open Command Window Here).

Unity 3D

Unity 3D is the first of our recommended Android developer tools that don’t come pre-installed with Android Studio. It is a game engine and IDE for cross-platform game development. Unity is easy to learn and comes with a large variety of features for game development.

 

B4A

B4A (or Basic for Android) is a lesser-known Android development tool from Anywhere Software, focused on ‘rapid’ development. As the name suggests, this is an IDE and interpreter that allows developers to create apps using the BASIC programming language.

For those that aren’t familiar with BASIC, it’s essentially a much simpler, procedural programming language that reads closer to regular English. Despite essentially being a one-man project,

 

adam sinicki author at androidauthority working with B4a

You can do pretty much anything that you would do with Java, but a lot more quickly and with less boilerplate. Any performance penalty seems minimal.

That said, it’s still worth learning the official method for creating apps and especially if you hope to use specific libraries (though that said, Java libraries can be wrapped for Basic4Android). This is especially important if you ever hope to sell your IP to another publisher. Interested, then check out our full introduction to Basic4Android.