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- Vivaldi 1.3 Released with Custom Browser UI Themes, Improved Privacy
The Vivaldi team released a few minutes ago version 1.3, which comes with support for customizable browser UI skins, privacy controls for WebRTC IP leaks, more customizable mouse gestures, and improved proprietary media support on Linux. If you have been reading Softpedia, none of these features is "news" to you, since we've covered all in previous articles when they were first added to Vivaldi's snapshot releases. Anti-WebRTC IP leak protection Our favorite feature is the improved privacy protection Vivaldi users get when using WebRTC-based services. WebRTC is a fantastically useful protocol that has made it easier for Web developers to support services that rely on real-time communications. Unfortunately, this protocol suffers from some problems and allows an attacker to leak a user's real IP address. Vivaldi 1.3 provides an option in its Settings -> Privacy section that lets users turn on a feature that
- Facebook Will Bypass Ad Blockers on Desktop to Show Ads Regardless
In a strong message against ad-blocking software, Facebook has announced today that it will implement code that bypasses ad blockers and shows advertising to users on its desktop site. The company announced this change in policy at the same time it revealed new advertising control features in its settings section. Facebook's Andrew Bosworth, VP, Ads & Business Platform, says the company has been proactive in identifying the reasons people use ad blockers and has addressed most of the issues via its new Ad Preferences section. He explains this feature will allow users to control the type of ads they see and also hide ads from companies they interacted with in the past or are still currently interacting and don't want to see their ads anymore. Facebook is not free, says Facebook Additionally, Bosworth also reminded users...
- Google Will Kill Flash in Chrome by the End of the Year
Google is delivering on its promise made in May to kill Flash and replace it with HTML5 by default. The company has announced today plans regarding Flash support in upcoming Chrome versions. Google's Anthony LaForge, the engineer tasked with managing Flash in Chrome, has said that, starting with Chrome's next version, Chrome 53, set for release in September, the company intends to block any Flash content that's "loaded behind the scenes." Google will block "behind the scenes" Flash content in Chrome 53 This term refers to Flash content not visible on the page, usually small pieces of code used to fingerprint users, in most cases employed by analytics firms. Based on Google's Chrome statistics, this accounts for 90 percent of all Flash files lo...
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