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Looking for a Firefox alternative? Then take a look at these forked versions of Firefox which all claim to have removed all telemetry. If you are worried about using a unique browser and being susceptible to browser fingerprint tracking, you could use a third party plugin to help mask your user-agent or this one. Because these are versions of Firefox, most third party plugins which are available for Mozilla Firefox are also available for these browsers. You can do a simple user-agent check here or a more in depth check using the EFF panopticlick website to check your browser privacy and user agent.

Waterfox is an open-source web browser based on Mozilla Firefox for 64-bit Windows, macOS, and Linux systems. There are no official mobile versions at the moment. It is compiled using various compilers and uses Intel’s Math Kernel Library, Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 and Advanced Vector Extensions. It is compatible with most Firefox add-ons and 64-bit NPAPI browser plug-ins. Waterfox contains modifications designed to take advantage of the 64-bit system architecture and provide speed improvements over Mozilla’s flagship browser. Waterfox also removes Adobe DRM, the Pocket feature and standard data telemetry collection of Firefox, and claims compatibility with Windows XP 64 bit. Waterfox is updated regularly incorporating bug fixes and security patches.

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GNU IceCat, formerly known as GNU IceWeasel, is a free software rebranding of the Mozilla Firefox web browser distributed by the GNU Project. It is compatible with GNU/Linux, Windows, Android and macOS. The GNU Project attempts to keep IceCat in synchronization with upstream development of Firefox while removing all trademarked artwork. It also maintains a large list of free software plugins. In addition, it features a few security features not found in the mainline Firefox browser. IceCat’s additional security features include such as the options to block third party zero-length image files resulting in third party cookies, also known as web bugs. GNU IceCat also provides warnings for URL redirection. The certificate of CAcert.org, a certificate authority, has been added to the list of trusted root certificates. The GNU LibreJS extension detects and blocks nonfree non-trivial JavaScript, this can be disabled. IceCat also has functionality to set a different user agent string each for different domains in about:config. For example, setting a non-mobile user agent string for a desired domain would make it possible in Android to visit a non-mobile version of a website. Icecat is updated regularly incorporating bug fixes and security patches. They also maintain a very useful list of security and privacy related add-ons.

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Pale Moon is an open-source web browser with an emphasis on customizability; its motto is “Your browser, Your way”. There are official releases for Microsoft Windows & Windows XP, Linux and Android. An unofficial build for MacOS, and contributed builds for various platforms are available. Pale Moon is a fork of Firefox with substantial divergence, especially for add-ons and user interface. They do keep a list of known incompatible add-ons. Pale Moon will continue to support the long-standing XUL and XPCOM add-on capability that Firefox has deprecated and will remove entirely in version 57. Pale Moon has also retained the fully customizable user interface of the Firefox version 4–28 era, while updating other parts of the browser with newer Firefox source code. Palemoon is updated regularly incorporating bug fixes and security patches.

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Cliqz is a web browser developed by Cliqz GmbH. It is a fork of the Firefox web browser with privacy-oriented changes, among which are a crowdsourced anti-tracking mechanism, and an in-house search engine embedded within the browser, utilizing its own index of web pages to produce suggestions within the address bar dropdown menu rather than on separate pages. The browser’s developers argued that other privacy-focused search engines may still pass the user’s IP address to third-party search providers where as Cliqz does not. Cliqz is available as a desktop and mobile web browser, as well as an extension for Firefox itself.

 

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Cyberfox is designed by 8pecxstudios, who’s goal is to make a fast, stable & reliable 64bit and x86 web browser accessible to all.C yberfox is powered by the  Mozilla Firefox source code and uses it’s own profile system and is compatible with Firefox extensions. Cyberfox has Removed features like Telemetry, health-report, sponsored tiles & other components that collected information and has many customization options to personalize the browser experience.

 

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Comodo IceDragon features privacy and performance enhancements over the Firefox core browser as well as additional features such as SiteInspector malware scanning, Comodo Secure DNS and improved social media functionality. You can uninstall their preinstalled add-ons if you like. Comodo also offers a Chrome version of this browser.

 

 

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