Firefox Focus vs. Cake Browser

Just as people have often asked me if DuckDuckGo is a dark web search engine (which it isn’t), I’ve also been asked if Firefox Focus can “access the dark web.”

Technically, if you’re using a proxy, any browser can access the so-called dark web, but let’s not get into that. Firefox Focus is merely a mobile version of Firefox with enhanced privacy tools (and therefore, speed).



Just as it says in the screenshot, it has such options as blocking ad trackers, analytic trackers, and social trackers. In addition, you can block web fonts, JavaScript, and cookies, or hide webpages when switching apps. So, too, it doesn’t save your browsing history.

As a result, Firefox Focus is not only more private but much faster than the standard Firefox. Of course, it’s possible to do such things on the “normal” Firefox too, but you have to change those settings yourself.

When it comes to “accessing the dark web,” I’d still just recommend the Tor Browser (or if we’re talking mobile devices, Orbot and Orfox). Yes, I know they’re slow, but that’s the price you pay for anonymity – or as close as you can come to it.

Icing on the Cake


Cake Browser, while a bit different on the surface, has some things in common with Firefox Focus. It’s designed for speed, efficiency, and ease of use.

Like the former, by default, it blocks ads and pop-ups. Also, it has a feature called “Search and Swipe,” through which you can just swipe left to navigate through search results. That’s not really a privacy feature, but it definitely makes the whole search process easier (and more mobile-friendly, of course).

Psssst….yeah, I know – this blog needs to be more mobile-friendly; I’m working on that.

So, I bet you’re wondering – can Cake Browser access the dark web? Well, sort of – with a Tor2Web proxy, just like any other browser. In that sense, it’s not all that different. Shall I illustrate?

Screenshot_20180829-100445_Cake Browser

This, of course, doesn’t work with all onion sites, and even though I used the proxy for this example, I still don’t suggest doing it in most cases. Oh great, now they know who I am and what I want. /me puts his hands up

It’s not that much different from how I2P or Freenet are able to access their sites from a “normal” browser like Firefox or Chrome, although that’s a subject for a different article.

Cake Browser, like Chrome and Firefox, also has a “Privacy Mode,” which is similar to Incognito Mode on Chrome or Private Browsing on Firefox. All this refers to is that Cake Browser won’t remember your browsing history. Sound familiar?

Screenshot_20180829-101641_Cake Browser

All in all, I would say that these are just very different ways of achieving a faster, more convenient web browsing experience – although the two browsers’ interfaces could not be less alike.

Still, if it’s not the dark web you’re concerned with, I’d suggest either Firefox Focus or Cake Browser. Depends on what kind of cake you like.

I prefer chocolate.



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