Users are increasingly concerned about privacy, not only on desktop but also when browsing online on the go. Privacy is a concern that Android users should also take seriously. It is advisable to maintain online invisibility, not just due to big-name corporations collecting your data, but also because of gaps in security and data leaks. The options for this range from VPN solutions to Tor browsers and incognito mode. This raised the question of how these methods can be implemented and what degree of anonymity they guarantee.
Why is it recommended to browse anonymously on Android?
Privacy concerns apply to mobile browsing as well: anyone active on the Internet almost inevitably leaves traces behind. These traces include data and information that can quickly fall into the wrong hands. It isn’t just companies like Facebook and Google that are interested in the collection, use and analysis of this data. Complications can also occur in the form of security gaps or hidden data collection; data theft and misuse are ongoing problems.
Among the data left behind are IP addresses (which offer unique identification of computers on the Internet) and cookies. These small files enable anyone who has access to them to gain insight into their own browsing behaviour. When browsing online with Android, security-conscious users therefore attach importance to certain tools that allow for greater anonymity.
How can you browse anonymously on Android?
There are a number of ways to increase online invisibility. First of all, the basics start at the browser level. Before trying out apps, Tor-Browser or VPNs, its a good idea to clear ones search history regularly. Just like on the desktop, the browser and search history can be deleted from Smartphones.
If you want to go a step further, you can delete or block all cookies. If these are no longer traceable, visited pages and browsing behaviour no longer offers any information. However, consider the fact that certain websites will only function in a limited capacity without cookies. In which case, these can be temporarily permitted and then removed again.
VPN on Android
We recommend using a VPN client that doesn’t create log files, such as our Shellfire VPN, so as to keep your true IP address hidden from others.
Some time ago, we published another article where you can get a general overview of the main advantages and disadvantages of VPN.
At the moment, Shellfire VPN is available for the following operating systems:
With Android, all you need to do is download our app from GooglePlay, follow the on-screen instructions and then you are set. Our Shellfire VPN is available as both a free and a paid premium version, which is available for around 5 E per month.
Private Browsing on Android
Devices and browsers also provide options for anonymity with their internal incognito modes. The incognito mode ensures that search queries and browser histories can no longer be traced by other uses of the device. It is also possible to use two accounts on platforms or in an email service in parallel with the incognito mode.
Anonymous browsing is also recommended for anyone who wants to check their messages or log into accounts on public devices. Activating incognito mode differs from one browser to the next. In Chrome, it can be found in the search bar at the top right under the three dots and the New Incognito Window tab that appears afterwards. In Firefox, the option is called New Private Window.
It should be noted that even using incognito mode, traces will remain on the Internet. Nevertheless, it does contribute to your devices online anonymity.
Tor Browser on Android
An alternative or supplement to the VPN option’s anonymity is the Tor browser. These browsers have been available for PCs and Macs for years and are now available for mobile use with Android devices. The Tor browser is based on Firefox and can be downloaded for free from the Android App Store.
The principle of Tor is based on a network of encrypted servers. The logic is similar to a VPN. The encryption of the servers serves to prevent or disguise the IP address of the user. The Tor network is distributed across the world. When connecting to this network, visiting websites is safe and anonymous. It is also sometimes possible to access content that is blocked in certain countries. Tor also automatically deletes all cookies once the browser is closed. Furthermore, the Tor browser blocks any tracking tools.
Is it legal to use VPN on Android?
The legality of VPN use depends on the state where the VPN is being used. In Germany, as well as most other countries in the world, VPN use is legal and problem-free. Examples of exceptions to this are China and Russia, where only very specific, state-regulated VPNs are permitted. Turkey also has strong and growing restrictions on the use of VPNs.
It should be noted that everyone remains responsible for their activities on the Internet. This also applies if they occur under an existing VPN connection.
What streaming advantages does a VPN offer on Android?
When it comes to streaming, a certain performance level is essential. The Tor Browser, for example, is too slow for most streaming services to operate smoothly. High-performance VPNs, on the other hand, allow for smooth content streaming. Another decisive advantage is that VPN software allows online content to be streamed from almost any country.
Films, television series and other content that is normally not available in your country can be streamed with a VPN. The VPN service fools the target site into thinking its dialing into the target country. The VPN can also pretend to be active in any country, without geo-blocking restrictions. It simulates IP addresses and thus circumvents geographical restrictions.
Today, a large part of all online activities are mobile, with the Android operating system having a huge market share, especially in countries like Germany. The data transferred in this way is dangerous in the wrong hands, not just the large corporations who are interested in it. Therefore, secure browsing on mobile devices is of great importance. Those who value anonymity and data protection can implement this in just a few simple steps.
By regularly deleting the search history and cookies, and using VPN, Tor Browser or private browsing, surfing the net on Android is anonymous. A combination of these measures and frameworks guarantees a particularly high degree of anonymity.