All countries of the world have the same issues with censorship and surveillance by their ISPs and Governments.
In some countries it is an inconvenience and others it is a matter of life and death.
There are tools that can help you to detect what (if any) interference is happening with your internet connection.
OONI Probe is available for mobile and desktop OSs.
The desktop version is more thorough and may take about 3 hours to do the main test for site availability.
@Pathduck said in Brave blocks CNAME tracking, what about Vivaldi?:
The use of CNAME aliases are very common for sites that use a CDN for their content, and it does not have to mean it's for tracking purposes.
Yes, CNAME is not new, it's just that some abuse it which can lead to fatal consequences, I don't remember if this is included in the links above https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/fundamentals/subdomain-takeover
It is a disgusting practice especially when you see it cheered for and being proud about it officially, https://experienceleague.adobe.com/docs/id-service/using/reference/analytics-reference/cname.html?lang=en , this is quite informational how it works, I am not in the position though to follow all details without an extensive study on the matter, which requires a LOT of time, and many many tests with inspecting all cookies involved as well, therefore I said that it should be looked and maintained by Vivaldi in the first place.
Do you know how this exactly works in uBlock (Firefox)? Where are the rules or settings to control CNAME blocking, are there special lists?
Unfortunately no, can't speculate on this, but if it's not being taken care I guess one should study the whole git of uBlock as well, argh...
I've used a lot of engines. I worked with Qwant for a long time, but dropped it for DDG. The reason, I'm in USA and Qwant was very European centric. I wanted my results more USA centric.
I also used Searx a lot. But gave up on it a couple years ago because the hosts I chose were problematic. They sometimes didn't come up or took too long to open the page. I didn't feel I was getting better results than DDG and it took longer. I try them again though.
Plus 1 for Newpipe.
You won't regret using it and it has some handy extra features like the ability to download the audio or video to a folder.
BTW. I have a 1-hit solution for the problem of advertising being out of control.
If those who show adverts are held liable for the content, and could be sued for giving you malware, displaying scam adverts or breaching your privacy, you would soon see webmasters and content makers suddenly become more involved in hand-picking their relationships with advertisers.
@TbGbe Yep i certainly noticed that. As a consequence of my eyes being opened wide [shut?] by this article, my new interwebz search policy is to ditch all the False Engines, & instead personally write to the owners of every server & pc [& slide-rule] in the world, each time i need to know something, & ask them to please post me back anything topical [or not] they might happen to have.
Have you confirmed that this only happens while the browser is running ?
Have you run the browser with all extensions and plugins disabled ?
If you have not recently installed a new extension or userscript, it is possible a compromised addon has been delivered as an update.
The linked video at the bottom of the article is very interesting.
Particularly when she discussed how URL highlighting and font choices doesn't help users who don't already know to look for the URL. I always thought that was helpful, but now we have evidence (though no link to the actual experiment/study I note), that this is not the case.
As far as I am concerned, anything trying to contact Doubleclick or Google Analytics is acting like spyware, however it does it, so I have blocked access to those sites from Vivaldi with the outbound firewall.