Vivaldi, Blink, And Privacy



  • [color=#000088][size=4]First of all let me ask your indulgence if I ask some noob questions. Are there specific privacy concerns related to Vivaldi's use of the Blink engine? For instance, what does it feed back to Google? Please more than a yes no answer. What steps can I take with Vivaldi to enhance what little privacy is left these days? Thank you for your knowledge and help, Bush[/size][/color]



  • Welcome to the forum Bush!

    Privacy is a frequently discussed topic on this forum. The keyword 'privacy' is bringing up more than 360 results searching this forum. First you can go to Menu - Tools - Settings - Privacy and change the defaults to your liking. Than there are the URLs chrome://settings/content and chrome://settings/search#c, where some switchings are possible.
    If you want to follow some discussions, searches in this forum are worth a try. For instance the discussion about WebRTC here.



  • @RJules3:

    Privacy is a frequently discussed topic on this forum. The keyword 'privacy' is bringing up more than 360 results searching this forum

    so may be one of the reasons users are trying new browsers in hope to find a better software not talking to anywhere not really needed? :)

    Is there any chance to make Vivaldi only talk to the sites I am connecting to (of course also the content the site is then loading, may be from other domains incl. revocation lists etc.) without special plugins, tricks, just from the core coding itself ?
    I tried to deactivate anything I found but Vivaldi keeps talking to Google. I do not like this, otherwise I could use Chrome anyway.

    Regards



  • @RJules3:

    Welcome to the forum Bush!

    Privacy is a frequently discussed topic on this forum. The keyword 'privacy' is bringing up more than 360 results searching this forum. First you can go to Menu - Tools - Settings - Privacy and change the defaults to your liking. Than there are the URLs chrome://settings/content and chrome://settings/search#c, where some switchings are possible.
    If you want to follow some discussions, searches in this forum are worth a try. For instance the discussion about WebRTC here.

    Guess I did the wrong search. I did "blink privacy" and didn't get any returns which were useful. I have the same concerns as SanMarco. I was excited thinking Vivaldi had its own engine and thus more like the old Opera. Disappointing as it was the switch to the Blink engine that caused me to quit using Opera more so than the UI changes. This 'phone like' minimal interface is also an issue, too minimal. Well, guess I will move on.



  • Hello Bush,

    this article is already old, but since then the 3/4 platforms current browsers are build on did not change:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2898509/10-obscure-highly-specialized-browsers-that-will-make-you-forget-about-chrome-firefox-and-ie.html

    May be you do not know all of them, depending how long you already investigating.
    And even browsers that were told to accept privacy needs are not what ones thought (e.g. Maxthon phoning home to Peking with a lot of personal payload from the client system).
    Wonder how good all the journals checked what this browser is really doing before writing good articles about it.

    best Regards


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