5 signs it’s time to replace your browser


  • Community Manager

    The browser you’re currently using might not be the best one for you, but you’re probably so used to its antics, you aren’t even looking for a new one.

    Click here to see the full blog post



  • The third point is not an argument towards Vivaldi, as Vivaldi may not track you but it does nothing to prevent it, either.

    Edit: to be more clear, it is the title that is misleading, not the content.


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    @madiso said in 5 signs it’s time to replace your browser:

    The third point is not an argument towards Vivaldi, as Vivaldi may not track you but it does nothing to prevent it, either.

    Ehm, it's not quite right, look in the privacy settings. Apart from this, that Vivaldi does not track you is more than what most other browsers offer.



  • @Catweazle I assume that is the DNT setting?
    In that case that flag does also nothing to prevent tracking, it only requests the websites to not do it (and some sites use that info to track you!).

    The only real prevention would be a content blocker.



  • @madiso An inbuilt content tracker will not come. See competitor blog comments that there are obvious holes left open in there, someone would complain for sure. Your responsibility to protect.



  • @kahukura I'm not requesting one to be added, my comment was more about rethinking the argument itself in the blog post.


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    @madiso said in 5 signs it’s time to replace your browser:

    @Catweazle I assume that is the DNT setting?
    In that case that flag does also nothing to prevent tracking, it only requests the websites to not do it (and some sites use that info to track you!).

    The only real prevention would be a content blocker.

    True, but you can't say that Vivaldi doesn't do anything to avoid trackers.
    It is clear that apart from this other extentions are needed, such as uBlock, Privacy Badger and Fingerprint Spoofer, to avoid too much curiosity of the web pages.
    But while you do not use VPN and TOR, I think that very few browsers can offer the degree of privacy that Vivaldi offers, nor the much-praised Firefox, as you can see in Panopticlick



  • @Catweazle "Ask Websites Not to Track Me" is useless because the websites are allowed to ignore it.

    "Block Ads on Abusive Sites" virtually useless too.
    This doesn't block cookies, neither does it block fingerprinting, the use of lockal storage, webSQL or indexedDB and it don't block the domains of the most notorious trackers of Facebook and Google and the like. No wonder, the blocklist is Google's blocklist that gets provided by Vivaldi so that we don't have to contact the Google service for it - which in return would track us if Vivaldi would do it otherwise.

    Cookies > "Session Only" and "Block Third-Party Cookies" alone does more to prevent tracking (at least if you close the browser when you sleep).

    Every Ad-/Tracker blocking extension that is worth its salt does much more to protect you from tracking.


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    @QuHno said in 5 signs it’s time to replace your browser:

    "Ask Websites Not to Track Me" is useless because the websites are allowed to ignore it.

    You know what really annoys me about GDPR? When it came to browsing the web we've had this setting which was built in to browsers for years which would automatically inform sites if we consented to be tracked or not.

    Did the legislators leverage this at all? Make it legally required to follow the simple tick box? No. They went with cookie warnings instead. They encouraged bloated UI clutter instead of a single one-sentence option in the browser settings.

    I really wish DNT had been made into a legally recognised form of (dis-)consent.


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    it is certainly possible to add functions that completely prevent tracking to Vivaldi. But I think, if it does not directly become a browser likeTOR with a good VPN service, any of the functions used to completely avoid tracking remain in partial solutions, 100% privacy on the network is practically impossible and cannot even be achieved with TOR.This also depends a lot on the user himself, Vivaldi also can not prevent the user from using Google for searches and posting on Facebook, so any non-track function is useless. Today I have enough to know that Vivaldi is one of the browsers that most respects privacy, this is already a lot.



  • I think you could have added something about making it your own.

    Are you tired of the same old look to your browser, or having to rely on themes/skins other people have created? All browsers allow some customization to the look and feel. Vivaldi stands out in customization due to the extent of things you can customize and the ease to make it happen. You can truly make it your own, or change it up to match the seasons or your mood. If you are not sure how to do something Vivaldi has great documentation and fantastic moderators and users who are very helpful in the forums.


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    True, it is the first technical support forum for a product, whose community makes you feel at home where it's nice to be. Great as the browser itself.



  • Already replaced the browser with Vivaldi two years ago😉😂



  • I'm the "geeky" friend in the 1st argument 😮



  • well, currently you satisfy the 1, 2 and 4
    maybe not exactly 1 cause I am the technical guy that cringes seeing how you pretend to give us choice, but definitely I get the creeps when I see how you mark feature requests as done while they clearly are not yet

    come on, stoop with this nonsense already and focus on improving the product instead of lying about it



  • @zakius Help improve the features you are missing but don't judge others by calling them liers in the first place.



  • "The company behind your current browser gives you the creeps"

    Today i got an email that creeps me (not that much because i am an old user) but:

    "To ensure we're protecting the Vivaldi Community from spam and bad actors as best we can, we'll now require SMS verification for new accounts using Vivaldi's webmail or blog publishing tools."

    Collecting phonenumbers is a bad idea in my point of view.



  • @lowlife The phone number is not required to use the browser, nor to use the forum. It is only required for using webmail or publishing blog posts. If you already have an account, then it is not needed either. Registering a New Account



  • @Pesala I know. but I generally don't like companies collecting such private data and passing it on to third parties (here to a company in england). I'm glad I'm an "old" user.


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    Posted on facebook. For some strange reason I don't feel the need to replace my browser. Could it be I'm satisfied with Vivaldi?


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