Programs that respect your privacy

Author: Soren Stoutner

  • Privacy Cell 1.8

    Privacy Cell now includes the status of the voice network when determining the overall security of the cell network. The overall network security level is set to be lowest of either the data or the voice network. Previously, it was set just on the status of the data network. With this change, both the voice […]

  • Mojeek Blog Post

    Mojeek recently wrote a blog post about Privacy Browser Android. I thought it would be interesting to share some thoughts both about Mojeek and about how that post came to be published. I have joked before that selecting a default search engine in Privacy Browser is like trying to find a good Defense Against the […]

  • WordPress Twenty Twenty-Two Theme

    The website has been updated to the recently released Twenty Twenty-Two theme. By default it wanted to use JavaScript to open and close the navigation menu, like in the past, but because this theme is more configurable that any of the previous official WordPress themes, it allowed me to redesign the site so that it […]

  • URL Modification

    Privacy Browser includes the following URL modifications, which are enabled by default. Google Analytics Google Analytics has the option to add campaign parameters to URL for tracking purposes. Each one of these parameters starts with utm_. An example URL looks like this: https://www.example.com?utm_source=news4&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=spring-summer Privacy Browser strips out anything from the first ?utm_ or `&utm forward, […]

  • WebView

    As part of the Android, Google ships WebView, which is used to render HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This is one of the standard views in Android Open Source Project (some others being TextView, EditText, Spinner, and ImageView). Privacy Browser uses WebView to render websites. If you do not have WebView on your system, Privacy Browser […]

  • Incognito Mode

    Most of the security in Privacy Browser is designed to protect against remote entities compromising your privacy. Incognito Mode is designed to protect against a different threat: a malicious actor gaining unlocked access to your physical device. For example, consider the situation of a human rights worker arrested by the police under a repressive regime. […]

  • Search Engine Syntax

    Privacy Browser has the ability for the user to select a custom search engine. The purpose of this page is to explain the search engine URL syntax. Privacy Browser expects to be able to append a search term to the search custom URL. What this URL looks like varies based on the search engine, but […]

  • Proxy Syntax

    Privacy Browser 3.3 introduces the option to select a custom proxy in the format of scheme://host:port as described in the ProxyConfig.Builder documentation. There are two preconfigured options, one for Tor which uses socks://localhost:9050 and a second one for I2P which uses http://localhost:4444. Selecting the Tor or I2P options produce an error message if the official […]

  • Privacy Cell 1.7

    Privacy Cell 1.7 has been released. It includes a new, more serious warning, when connecting to older, antiquated networks. Almost all 2G networks have been decommissioned. There is also an option to consider 3G networks to be antiquated, as they are in the process of being decommissioned. There is also a new Protocols Activity, which […]

  • Privacy Browser 3.10.1

    Privacy Browser 3.10.1 has been released. It fixes a bug that caused the Import/Export activity to crash on start because it was looking for a TextView that no longer existed which explained encryption limitations on Android KitKat. Another bug was fixed that prevented custom user agents from working correctly because the number of user agents […]

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