Chromium: An Open-Source Chrome Browser

Chromium is an open-source version of the Chrome Browser by Google. While I recommend Firefox as the most reliable browser for privacy enthusiasts, Chromium is probably a reasonable alternative for everyday web browsing. Chromium does have the advantage of being a speedier than Firefox in certain areas. Here is a comparison chart and a technical discussion assessing the speed and privacy features of Chromium and Firefox. It seems that Chromium may make some behind-the-scenes calls to Google, but these can be blocked with a plugin or scripting.

Many of the privacy-enhancing plugins I recommend for Firefox are also available for Chromium, such as HTTPS-Everywhere, Disconnect and Ad Block Plus.

Chromium is available for WindowsOS XLinux or for ChromeOSAndroid, or iOS. You can find pre-built versions here.


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