Tor privacy settings adoption on Firefox

firefoxRegular readers of TuxDiary might remember Panopticlick, an EFF effort to identify a browser uniquely using fingerprints. as we discussed earlier, Tor takes privacy to a higher level and makes it more difficult to track a browser. The good news is, Mozilla is working actively to bring Tor privacy settings to regular Firefox, sans additional plugins. Continue reading Tor privacy settings adoption on Firefox

Electrolysis: multi-process Firefox

firefoxFirefox will soon break out of its legacy architecture of a single process to a 2-process software. The project Electrolysis (aka E10S) team is working on separating out the web content rendering work in a child process of the main browser process. If you are a Firefox user you might have noticed that the ride gets bumpy after you open 8/10 tabs. With the E10S functionality the GUI tabs, buttons and menus are supposed to remain responsive. Continue reading Electrolysis: multi-process Firefox

Better Google Chrome fonts on Linux

Google Chrome font

If you have noticed, on DEs like XFCE and Unity, Google Chrome (and family e.g. Chromium, Opera, Yandex Browser, SRWare Iron …) do not follow font settings. In other words, even if you set the best fonts like Noto Sans or Open Sans in your browser settings, your gmail fonts still look curvy and crooked. The situation doesn’t change even if you use Infinality, because the problem lies with how the browsers choose fonts rather than the font rendering. Continue reading Better Google Chrome fonts on Linux

Brave: privacy-aware browser


Brave is a brand new privacy-aware browser from Andreas Gal, former CTO of Mozilla and JS founder Brendan Eich. Brave brings with it the privacy and security related capabilities you get from extensions in other browsers. Does the browser you are using right now have ad-blocker and HTTP to HTTPS conversion extensions? With Brave, you need not bother. Continue reading Brave: privacy-aware browser

Panopticlick 2: test browser security

eff_compPanopticlick from EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) got a new update in version 2. It’s an online service is to check how secure your browser is from online tracking. Our regular readers might remember, EFF is also the team behind Privacy Badger. Continue reading Panopticlick 2: test browser security

Opera includes SurfEasy VPN, not for Linux yet

opera-compHope you haven’t counted Opera browser out of the equation yet. While Firefox is focussing on browser security and tracking protection, Opera has just integrated SurfEasy, a VPN service it acquired recently. Using a VPN ensures that even your ISP can’t snoop into your browsing information. Continue reading Opera includes SurfEasy VPN, not for Linux yet