As most readers here know, I have a somewhat tepid relationship with alternative internet browsers for iOS. I think Safari can be made reasonably private and secure (especially when coupled with Firefox Focus). For users who want maximum security from their browser, however, I have another recommendation. I have recently fallen for the SnowHaze iOS browser.
One of the developers at SnowHaze reached out to me and asked my if I’d heard of the product and gave me a few details. I admit to some inital skepticism. His pitch convinced me to check it out so I paid a couple of bucks for it and installed it. After almost a month of using it I’m convinced that this is a seriously secure browser.
SnowHaze iOS Browser Settings
Downsides to SnowHaze
Like most things, SnowHaze is not perfect, and I do have some minor complaints. Please note that I have addressed all of these with the SnowHaze development team. The two biggest are:
Search Engine: Currently DuckDuckGo is not included in the default search engines. The SnowHaze development team responded to this saying that they are working on getting it into the browser ASAP. In the meantime I have been using Startpage (which is beginning to grow on me).
Settings button placement: This is my biggest complaint and it’s a logistical one. Though I like that the global settings button is easy to locate, I don’t like that it is where the tab-switcher icon is in Safari. Though I have been working with SnowHaze for almost a month I still reflexively tap that spot to go to a different tab. Getting out of settings requires that I go to the opposite corner of the screen, a difficult on-handed task. After speaking with a developer from SnowHaze, the Global settings menu can be closed and you can return to the current tab by swiping to the right. Though this is a minor annoyance for me, I think these usability features are important for widespread adoption.
SnowHaze iOS Browser: The Bottom Line
Though I have a few complaints about the browser it is the best one I’ve yet seen for iOS. It has found a permanent home on my iPhone. Hopefully we will see this browser evolve. While we’re at it, hopefully we’ll also see iOS evolve to let us change the default browser from Safari. The SnowHaze iOS browser is available in the App Store for $2.99 and in my opinion is well worth it. For more information visit https://snowhaze.com/en/.