Want more online privacy? Brave, the ad-blocking browser, has a new way to get it on the web.A new version of the browser released Thursday adds technology called onion routing from the Tor Project as an option to its private tabs. Tor helps keep you anonymous by shuttling your internet communications a network of computers that obscures your true address on the internet, making it much harder for a website to know you visited. Now playing: Watch this: Brave browser gets more private with Tor 1:32 You might think the Tor Project is the kind of thing that appeals mostly to criminals, tinfoil-hat paranoids and spies. Indeed, the US Naval Research Laboratory came up with the onion-routing technology, and the project says, "A branch of the US Navy uses Tor for open-source intelligence gathering, and one of its teams used Tor while deployed in the Middle East recently." But as the Facebook scandal over Cambridge Analytica's data harvesting has shown, privacy is something … [Read more...] about Brave advances browser privacy with Tor-powered tabs
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If you want to step back from Chrome, the Vivaldi alternative browser just grew up a notch with the addition of cross-computer sync and other improvements in version 2.0.Vivaldi, with about 1 million people using it each month, doesn't have anything like the visibility or clout of Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox or Apple's Safari. But if you're looking for something different -- especially lots of customization -- it can be worth a look with the new version released Wednesday.Vivaldi lets you fine-tune tabs, set mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts, peer at the details of images, and eventually will even have built-in email software."Anyone who spends a lot of time on the internet will have a significant benefit from using Vivaldi," said Chief Executive Jon von Tetzchner, who helped launch another alternative browser, Opera, in the 1990s.When Chrome launched a decade ago, the idea of making a competitor to incumbent powers like Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Mozilla's Firefox was … [Read more...] about Vivaldi 2.0 browser brings sync, themes and new Chrome-conquering ambitions
Like an operating system reinstall, resetting your web browser can fix all kinds of problems and improve performance at the same time—squash annoying bugs, clear out dodgy and outdated extensions and get a browser that’s good as new with a hard reset. Here’s how to carry it out on all the major browsers. Typically, this doesn’t affect your saved bookmarks or passwords: All the information you rely on to get stuff done on the web. Some browsers let you clear all of this data as well (usually associated with a linked user account), but we’ll explain where that’s the case. Google Chrome If you’re a Google Chrome user, you need to open up the Chrome menu (via the three dots icon in the top right), then choose Settings. Click Advanced to open up the second panel of options, then click Restore settings to their original defaults and Reset Settings. The startup page goes back to the default, Google becomes your search engine again, and all pinned … [Read more...] about How to Reset All of Your Browsers Back to Square One
You need to keep your Internet browser updated to access all the Web has to offer. Gregor Schuster/Getty Images For most Internet users, your browser is your window to the Web. You use it to navigate to Web sites, and it displays those sites for you, allowing you to follow links and explore everything the web has to offer. There are many different browsers available, but four of them account for over 95 percent of all browsers in use today: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari [source: StatCounter]. The programmers who design browsers are constantly updating them, adding new features, improving their performance, changing their looks, and improving browser security. That last part is especially important. Malicious hackers and Web sites can exploit security flaws in browsers and infect your computer with harmful programs, trojans, and viruses. Regular updates to your browser fix security problems when they are detected, and make your computer safer from those types of … [Read more...] about How do I update my Internet browser?