Epic (web browser)
This article contains content that is written like an advertisement. (November 2019) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
|Initial release||July 15, 2010|
December 3, 2020
|Operating system||Windows, macOS, Android, iOS|
Epic is a privacy-centric web browser. It was developed by Hidden Reflex (a software product company founded by Alok Bhardwaj, based in Washington, D.C., US and Bangalore, India) using Chromium source code. The Epic Web site says that it is always in "private browsing mode", and exiting the browser deletes all browser data. During browsing as little as possible is stored. Epic developers removed all Google tracking code and binaries from the chromium source code to compile a clean executable, and blocks other companies from tracking users.
Epic's default configuration takes a proactive approach to ensuring that session data (such as cookies, history, and cache) are removed upon exit. The browser includes a proxy service that can be enabled by the user, and is automatically enabled when using a search engine. Other features, such as preferring SSL connections and always sending a Do Not Track header, further advance privacy.
Ad and user activity trackers are blocked by default by the Epic browser, which prevents users being tracked. The browser also blocks cryptocurrency miners from running on the user's system. The browsers' fingerprinting protection blocks access to image canvas, font canvas, and audio context data. WebRTC IP Address Leaking is also blocked by default.
The Epic Proxy service can relay connections through any of eight countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands, India, and Singapore. The company claims it to be encrypted, and also DNS requests through it.
Supplementary services found in the Chromium browser that send data to external servers, such as address bar suggestion and installation tracking, are removed in Epic to reduce the scope of potential data leakage.
Computer World published an article on Epic in July 2020. The article describes many of the features claimed by Epic, such as blocking of ads, tracking, referrer header data, and "fingerprint", proxy/VPN. As Google's servers are not used, functions such as auto-suggest in the address box and language translation are either handled by Epic locally, or not available. The article says that the Epic FAQ warns users not to sign into their Gmail account: "if you're logged into Gmail, then Google can track your searches". Very few Chrome add-ons are supported; the Epic FAQ points out that, while useful, many "represent a very large security and privacy risk, hence Epic only allows a few trusted add-ons". Some sites do not work with Epic; in those cases the IE Tab add-on will open the page in Internet Explorer. The article points out that the browser does not have a business plan, so, despite being launched in 2013, it may not last. According to owner Hidden Reflex, the company was working on a way to sustain itself, perhaps offering premium privacy services, sponsors on the new tab page, and private search sponsors.
While Epic is not open source software as such (although it uses open-source Chromium), the company says on their Web site that "All of Epic's code is visible and auditable by anyone ... If you would like to audit any files, please let us know. We have released many files to developers"
Other browsers claiming to be secure, not collecting data and free from advertisements and tracking, include:
- "Download Epic Privacy Browser for PC". epic-browser.en.softonic.com. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
- "Epic Browser Terms & Conditions". Hidden Reflex. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- "Epic Privacy Browser". Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- "Epic Privacy Browser Features. Epic is a secure chromium-based web browser that protects your privacy online". www.epicbrowser.com. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
- "Custom Chrome Browser Promises More Privacy, No Tracking".
- Sharma, Ojas (15 Jul 2010). "Indian Startup Launches Epic Web Browser". PC World. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
- PRWeb/Hidden Reflex. "Hidden Reflex Launches New Epic Privacy Browser To Confront Growing Anxieties About Online Privacy". Retrieved 2013-08-29.
- PTI. "Epic: first web browser for India launched". The Hindu. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
- "First Browser with an Indian Origin - Epic". Techtree.com. Archived from the original on 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
- "How Epic Protects You". Epic Privacy Browser. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- "Epic Privacy Browser Features. Epic is a secure chromium-based web browser that protects your privacy online". epicbrowser.com. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
- Gregg Keizer (3 July 2018). "What is the Epic browser (and what makes it different)?". Computer World.
- "Epic Privacy Browser FAQ. Epic is a secure chromium-based web browser that protects your privacy online". Epic Browser. Retrieved 21 August 2020.