Privacy Browser

Privacy Browser is an open source Android web browser focused on user privacy. It is released under the GPLv3+ license. The source code is available from git.stoutner.com.

The standard version is available on F-Droid, Google Play, XDA Labs, and the Amazon Appstore. The free version has all the features of the standard version with the addition of a banner ad across the bottom of the screen. It is available on Google Play, XDA Labs, and the Amazon Appstore.

Privacy Browser protects your privacy by disabling features like JavaScript, DOM storage, and cookies that are used by websites to track users. Settings can be adjusted by domain and on-the-fly to enable these features when needed. In addition, Privacy Browser incorporates the EasyList block lists, which block many tracking technologies even when JavaScript is enabled.

Privacy Browser does not have tabbed browsing yet. This is a planned feature for the 3.x series.

Privacy Browser currently uses Android’s built-in WebView to render web pages. As such, it works best when the latest version of WebView is installed. In the 4.x series, Privacy Browser will switch to a forked version of Android’s WebView called Privacy WebView that will allow for advanced privacy features.

Due to limitations in the OS, Privacy Browser is susceptible to MITM (Man In The Middle) attacks when browsing insecure websites from devices running Android KitKat (version 4.4.x, API 19).

The Git repository can be cloned by running the following command:

git clone git://git.stoutner.com/git/PrivacyBrowser.git

There is also an Android.mk repository for integrating Privacy Browser into ROMs.

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  1. Many android browsers allow for a standard/wide viewport choice. See Habit, Atlas and Naked browsers as examples. I have a personal website with personal bookmarks that works best with a standard viewport. Also, the ability to turn off style sheets can be of use, as the seattletimes.com website won’t allow browsing if javascript is turned off. Turning off the style sheets does the trick, however. Further, having the Home and Clear and Exit icons right at the top of the left hand drop-down menu would improve convenience, IMO. Your browser is very good, and I am glad I discovered it. Keep up the good work. You have achieved something worthwhile.

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