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Your browser is (probably) one of the apps you use most throughout the day. What can it do to protect your privacy online? Let's take a look.


#privacy #Security #YourBrowserMatters
Your browser:

1. Secures your connection to websites.

When you connect to a secure (https) website, your browser establishes a secure connection with that website. All data is encrypted so that only the browser and the website can see what is being sent over the connection. 🔒 The site info pane in Vivaldi browser
2. It checks for certificates.

Your browser checks the certificates sent by the website to make sure you’re connecting to the real domain. That stops attackers from pretending to be that website. Simply put, an attacker will not have the website’s certificate.
3. Doesn’t run untrusted code.

Your browser doesn’t allow websites to run untrusted code on your computer. If you take care to run an up-to-date version of a trusted browser, your browser will make sure no malware is installed on your computer.
4. Protects against malicious websites.

Your browser checks for known malicious websites – you know, the ones that pretend to be a different website and trick you into divulging your username, password, or other sensitive stuff, or websites that offer malware for download. Privacy settings options in the Vivaldi browser
5. Prevents you from downloading from attackers’ websites.

When you download a file, your browser will display the correct domain of the site where your file actually came from. It’ll do that to prevent you from downloading a file from an attacker’s website.
6. Asks you if a website can access your camera or microphone.

Your browser gets your permission when a website tries to access your camera or microphone (e.g. in order to offer a chat application or position you on a map).
7. Lets you disable permissions for untrusted websites.

Your browser lets you quickly change privacy settings if you want to disable any permissions you have given to a website. Settings site-specific permissions in Vivaldi
8. Makes it possible to browse in private mode

Browsing in private mode is useful if you are sharing a computer login. Vivaldi’s Private Window doesn't use the same cookie store or cache as when you browse in a regular window and won't store the history of addresses you visit. A private browsing window in Vivaldi browser
9. Lets you delete browsing history.

If you have forgotten to use private browsing mode, your browser lets you delete your browsing history. In Vivaldi, you can quickly either delete all your browsing history or just the history for a selected timeframe.
10. Puts you in control of cookies 🍪

Blocking third-party cookies usually works when trying to stop sites from adding tracking cookies; however, it does occasionally cause a website not to work properly if the website uses multiple domains for its content.
11. Lets you choose a trusted search engine 🔎

There are many search engines out there and the one you pick will make a difference to your online #privacy.

vivaldi.com/blog/search-en… Search engine settings in the Vivaldi browser
12. Disables search suggestions.

When you start typing in the address field, your search engine of choice may offer to autocomplete the search term. This allows the search engine to see what you type even if you don’t perform a search. In Vivaldi, you can disable this feature.
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