March 1, 2020

Take Care of Your Little Browsers

The elephant in the room

It’s 2020 and mobiles are the most used devices:

Desktop vs Mobile vs Tablet Market Share Worldwide

It’s even more pronounced in some regions:

Desktop vs Mobile vs Tablet Market Share in India

Though, if some people take a lot of time customizing their desktop browsers, few of them do the same thing on their every day mobile devices.

It’s understandable: customization takes a lot of time and understanding.

Impact

Tracking on the web is stronger than ever before.

Mobile user tracking is not only about apps. Since mobile browsers are evolving quickly, the gap with their desktop counterpart is not that big anymore. As a matter of fact, lots of clueless users went directly into the trap of tracking through their mobile browser.

Ideas and solutions

I would recommend to avoid using stock browsers (Android stock browser, Samsung Internet…). They might be outdated, are not privacy oriented and lack basic features such as plugin support. Instead, a much better solution would be to use Firefox. Depending on your expectations, it might not be the best tough.

Another interresting alternative is Privacy Browser. It is more restrictive, but will protect you from many intrusive trackers. Finally, there’s Bromite, a Chromium fork with ad blocking.

Hard to handle automatically

Installing applications on a mobile device is a bit hard to do automatically. You have to know how to install developer tools to do it well. At least on Android, but if you’re using iOS, you’ve already lost this fight. Maybe other less popular platforms have nice tools to deal with this. Let me know if you know one that offers this kind of feature.

Sources

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