Recently I wrote a full review of Wire Secure Messenger. One of my complaints in the article was the lack of support for integrated browsers other than Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. I am happy to report that based (at least in part) on that article Wire now offers support for both Brave and Snowhaze.
What This Means
Brave and Snowhaze are my two recommended browsers for iOS devices. Both offer excellent privacy and security options, especially when compared with Chrome and Safari. Chrome is a Google collection platform and Safari is not a security-focused browser and shares information with Apple. Firefox is my unequivocal recommendation for desktop, but it does not offer the same security functionality on mobile devices. Brave and Snowhaze were both designed from the ground up with privacy and security in mind. Both offer the ability to block scripts, ads, and fingerprinting. Both give the user excellent control over how history is stored.
On iOS devices, users have no control over the default browser. However, Apple does allow developers to set default browsers to work with their applications. This means that when I click a link in Wire, I can now choose to have it open in a more secure environment.
Setting It Up
Implementing this feature is very easy. First, open Wire. If you are in a conversation, back out of it. Tap on your avatar in the upper-left of the screen. At the bottom of the next screen tap “Settings”. In the Settings menu tap “Options”.
In the Options menu scroll down to “Open With”. Tapping this setting will allow you to choose the browser you would like to use as your default for opening links from Wire. Important note: Brave and Snowhaze will only appear as options if you have them installed! Select the browser of your choice. The first time you open a link from this browser you will be prompted by Wire to allow this action. This will not happen when you open successive links.
I really appreciate companies that are willing to listen to user feedback. Wire certainly doesn’t have to respond to this sort of thing, and many companies don’t. I also appreciate cooperation between the three companies that support security, privacy, and open-source software. These are companies that should get your business and support, and this is the type of cooperation that will improve the security community generally.