If you are looking for extreme levels of anonymity and privacy online, then you need to drop all the mainstream browsers and start using the Tor browser. This is a modified version of the Firefox ESR and comes with privacy tweaks and extensions that give you enhanced privacy and anonymity online.
The Tor browser comes highly recommended by anyone who doesn’t want their online digital fingerprint traceable. And for that reason, the browser is common with hackers, whistleblowers, investigative journalists, spies, espionage perpetrators, and just about anyone who doesn’t want to risk their online perambulation being monitored.
However, what makes this browser so good is the Tor connection. That is to say when using the Tor browser, your internet traffic is passed through several servers located across different geographical locations around the world before connecting to the intended destination.
Can you do away with the Tor connection?
Well, without the Tor connection, the Tor browser is still not your average browser. It still comes with an advanced level of out-of-the-box privacy and security settings of any mainstream browser. Even without the Tor connection, the Tor browser still gives you better privacy and security than say Firefox EST, Firefox Stable, and definitely Chrome.
However, by not connecting through the Tor network, you lower down your anonymity and security some considerable notches lower. On the other hand, that move is likely to bump up the Tor browser speeds, given data is now traveling through fewer servers to reach you.