First let me say, I wish I had editing ability on my previous post 'cause sometime after I posted I felt not so confident about some of those remarks! Casually burbling things out.
TommyTran732 With how outdated it is right now and how often it falls behind on updates, there is no sensible reason to ever use it over Brave.
I do generally agree with you. But I feel the lack of updated-ness doesn't necessarily equate to a serious threat if you are visiting trusted sites (sites you frequent that you know are not malicious). Would you disagree with this? I'm interested to know for example how not having the latest updates could result in a threat? I'm not being sarcastic, I really want to know.
Also sometimes having another "fingerprint" to use is what is needed. So I always have multiple browsers installed. Though I admit this does increase attack surface against a very sophisticated direct attack, the extent of which I am not very aware of.
A browser without finger printing prevention and without ad blocking is of limited use in today's world, no matter how secure.
Not how it works. This entirely depends on the threat model.
So under which threat model would using a browser without any ad/script blocking and without fingerprinting be acceptable?
Ultimately dont browse the whole internet on your phone. Do that on the laptop. Keep your website viewing more specific on the phone.
Well my understanding is that every website you visit, specially the popular ones that people generally visit to "research" and get information, generally utilize sophisticated finger printing techniques borrowed from google and other analytics companies. As you visit these sites a history of your finger print gets accumulated and if you ever even ONCE log into an identity revealing account from a website that runs the same scripts, there goes your whole privacy. So in fact I NEVER log into any of these sites from the phone. Even if you log into non-identifying accounts then that account can get associated with the finger print history, IF that website runs the same scripts and most do. (Reddit, twitter, etc..)
Generally I visit "information" websites very mindfully, ensuring that JS is blocked in the first place if possible and if not possible, then I use heavy blocking capabilities using ublock and umatrix, and on top of that i am still mindful of the fingerprint. Umatrix goes a long way in preventing many fingerprinting scripts/objects from running in the first place, and its not available on mobile. So I simply don't visit information websites on the phone, unless on a DEDICATED browser only used for limited "information site" viewing in order to keep it identity free and anonymous.
I also never visit any pages or content that could give away my political or ideological aligning on my phone, for the same reasons.
If you have a different suggestion with an explanation of why its not a bad idea I am very interested in hearing it since doing it the way I've been doing it is pretty close to hell. haha