Secure browsers for iOS

Updated: October 08, 2019

2019. Opera Touch brought website cookie blocking to iOS



Opera Touch for iOS is getting a notable new feature - cookie blocking. It can block those annoying dialogs that ask you to accept the website’s cookies. These are particularly problematic on mobile, where they often entirely interrupt your ability to view the content, as opposed to on many desktop websites where you can (kind of) ignore the pop-up banner that appears at the bottom or the top of the page. Cookie dialogs have become prevalent across the web as a result of Europe’s GDPR, but many people find them overly intrusive. Today, it takes an extra click to dismiss these prompts, which slows down web browsing — especially for those times you’re on the hunt for a particular piece of information and are visiting several websites in rapid succession.


2017. Microsoft Edge comes to Android and iPhone



Microsoft announced the general availability of its Edge Browser (the followup to Internet Explorer) for iOS and Android. The mobile version offers many of its familiar desktop/tablet features, including Favorites, Reading Lists and New Tab Pages. The company’s also added some new tools. Roaming Passwords are now on-board, giving users the ability to sync passwords cross platform on mobile and desktop. There’s also dark theme. That’s basically what it sounds like, offering a black desktop instead of the default white/gray one, which should be easier on some eyes. The addition of Edge is an important piece of Microsoft’s new mobile strategy. At the very least additions like Edge and Cortana to iOS and Android will make it easier for Windows 10 users to have their existing smartphones play nice with their PCs.


2016. Mozilla launches Firefox Focus - private web browser for iPhone



Mozilla introduced a new mobile web browser for iOS - Firefox Focus, that puts private browsing at the forefront of the user experience. The mobile browser by default blocks ad trackers, and erases your browsing history, including your passwords and cookies. The end result is a simplified browser that may load web pages more quickly, the company claims, given that ads and other web trackers can bog down pages and impact performance.


2015. Firefox for iOS is now available



Mozilla has launched the first version of Firefox browser for iOS globally. It boasts intelligent search, an elaborate private browsing mode (which requires iOS 9), easy access to favorites and intuitive, visual tabs. Of course, its history, tabs and passwords will sync with your desktop Firefox — just like they do on Chrome and Safari. Firefox for iOS works on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and requires iOS 8.2 or later. For Firefox, reaching iOS has been a long and winding road. The company (somewhat inexplicably) shunned Apple's platform, relying instead on Firefox Home — a mobile app that let you access your Firefox bookmarks, tabs and history — but giving up on it in 2012.