QQ Browser: Here’s what you need to know

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • When it comes to web browsers, there are several major ones that people usually use.
  • QQ Browser is a lesser-known browser, especially on the western market, and today we’re going to check out this browser and see what it can do.
  • Online security is important, and to learn more about it we suggest visiting our Security Hub.
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QQ Browser

There are all sorts of browsers on the market, and while Chrome and Firefox dominate the western market, QQ Browser has gained massive popularity in China.

So, what is the QQ Browser, how does it work and what features it has? Today we’re going to try to answer all these questions.

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What is QQ Browser and should I use it?

1. What is QQ Browser?

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QQ Browser was first released in November 2000 by Tencent, and it was called Tencent Explorer back then. What makes this browser unique is the fact that it uses two engines, WebKit and Trident.

QQ Browser is available on all major platforms including macOS, iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux.

The browser is available for download from the official website, but since the website is on Chinese, you might have some minor difficulties navigating it.

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2. Is QQ Browser safe?

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According to users, it seems that both Windows and Android version QQ Browser transmit your personal data to the QQ without encryption or by using weak encryption.

The Android version sends the user’s IMEI, IMSI, nearby Wi-Fi access points, visited URLs, Android ID, and your search queries.

The Windows version sends the list of visited websites, hard drive serial number, MAC address, and machine hostname to QQ servers.

In addition, the software updating process has vulnerabilities on Android and Windows versions that can be exploited easily.

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3. What are good QQ Browser alternatives?

QQ Browser has issues with privacy, and if you want a good alternative, we would recommend Opera.

The browser is available on all desktop and mobile platforms, and it allows you to easily sync your data across platforms.

As for privacy, there’s tracking protection that will block tracking scripts and cookies and make your web pages load faster.

In addition, there’s a built-in ad blocker so you won’t have to deal with ads anymore.

Opera also has its own free VPN with unlimited bandwidth for an extra layer of privacy. The browser is based on Chromium and it should work with Chrome extensions without problems.

Overall, Opera is a great browser that protects your privacy, so be sure to consider it.

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If you're sick of data leaks and want to go to the opposite end of the spectrum, then Opera is the most secure option for you.

QQ Browser offers decent features, but due to various privacy concerns, you might want to consider using a different web browser.

FAQ: Learn more about QQ Browser

  • Is QQ safe to use?

QQ Browser has privacy concerns and users reported that it sends unencrypted personal data to QQ servers.

  • What web browser does China use?

The most popular web browsers in China are UC Browser, QQ Browser, and Baidu Browser.

  • Is Google banned in any country?

Yes, Google is banned in China. Google also restricts some of its services in certain countries.

  • What is the safest Internet browser?

Picking the safest web browser is hard, but we would have to recommend Opera due to its built-in VPN and tracking protection.

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