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UC Browser: Popular but Security-Concerned, Alternatives Exist

  • Developer: UC Mobile Ltd.
  • License Type: free
  • Language: english
  • Platform: Android
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UC Browser is a free web browsing app with millions of downloads, mainly in China, India, and Indonesia. Though it has numerous features, the popularity is declining due to security concerns. Developed by UCWeb under Alibaba Group, this browser offers alternatives like DuckDuckGo and Mozilla Firefox for better privacy protection since it doesn't allow disabling tracking. Other browsers include Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Safari and more to try out.
UC Browser is compatible with Apple Mac, Linux, Microsoft Windows operating systems as well as Android devices and iOS electronics like iPad and iPhone. Installing the app involves downloading an APK file, tapping "Install," enabling special access if required, then waiting for it to install before using it.
Similar to other browsing services, UC Browser has a search bar for finding topics and displays recently searched websites on the page. A Top sites category enables easy access to favorite websites while Most visited keeps track of often-visited URLs, allowing bookmarks for convenient future use.
Incognito mode is available but it only hides your identity from visited sites; personal information remains logged in the app's database. UC Browser also includes a YouTube downloader for direct multimedia content retrieval, with files appearing in Downloads and History areas. Videos can be saved as Watch Later list items while viewing history is maintained separately in the History tab.
More features include expandable/collapsible main menu with additional categories like bookmarks, themes, and tools; night mode customization for user experience enhancement; built-in adblocking; horoscope and weather forecast previews on the browser's home screen. Online games can be downloaded from the game center, with support for multiple languages like Chinese, English, and Urdu among others.
Despite some security features present in UC Browser, it lags behind competitors regarding safety as the app automatically stores software and hardware data for faster browsing speeds. This compromises end-to-end encryption since online activity is unencrypted when using UC Browser. Additionally, the browser logs your IP address and network operator details which automatically records location after permission granted; sharing personal data like device model, language, operating system version also happens.
Though UC Browser offers convenient web browsing features and a downloader for multimedia content, security concerns make it less appealing compared to safer alternatives.