Programs that respect your privacy

Author: Soren Stoutner

  • Privacy Browser Android 3.17

    Privacy Browser Android 3.17 was released on 12 February 2024. It adds Android’s download manager as an available download provider. Some historical context is helpful for understanding this change. When Privacy Browser Android was first released it used Android’s download manager for handing file downloads. This was nice because it is built into Android. But…

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  • WebView DevTools

    Privacy Browser Android uses Android’s WebView to render web pages. WebView provides fairly limited controls compared to the upstream Chromium source. However, there are small set of user-configurable controls that Google has baked into WebView. Users can tweak these controls using WebView DevTools. If you are using a pre-stable channel (Beta, Dev, or Canary) there…

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  • 2023 Financial Report

    REVENUE Total Revenue: $2,178.62 This compares favorably with last year’s total of $1,365.86. Google Play revenue comes from selling the standard flavor on Google Play. Stripe revenue comes from Liberapay donations. PayPal comes from Liberapay, sales on Samsung’s Galaxy App Store, and from direct donations. Patreon revenue comes from Patreon donations. Merch Store revenue comes from the Merch Store. Amazon revenue comes…

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  • 2023 Security and Privacy Canary

    BACKDOORS During 2023, Stoutner received 0 requests from governments, organizations, or individuals to insert backdoors into Privacy Browser Android, Privacy Browser PC, or Privacy Cell. During 2023, Stoutner inserted 0 backdoors into Privacy Browser Android, Privacy Browser PC, or Privacy Cell. PRIVACY During 2023, Stoutner received 0 secret requests from governments, organizations, or individuals to…

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  • Privacy Browser Android 3.16

    Privacy Browser Android 3.16 was released on 20 November 2023. It adds the ability to import and export bookmarks in HTML format, which allows importing bookmarks from other browsers. The bookmarks HTML format doesn’t include an option to store a folder icon (folder icons aren’t supported in any other browser that I am aware of…

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  • Privacy Browser 3.4

    Privacy Browser 3.4 has been released. It replaces the use of Android’s built-in download manager with a custom implementation. I didn’t start off trying to do this. Rather, I was building a feature to save a raw URL, and after I had done it I realized I could use it for all download purposes. As…

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  • Download Problems on Android 9 Pie

    There appears to be a bug in Android’s Download Manager on Android 9 Pie that causes it to periodically crash and refuse to download files. New downloads will show up as queued, but will fail to download. I’m assuming that at some stage Google will release an update that fixes this, but in the meantime…

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  • Privacy Cell 1.10

    Privacy Cell 1.10 was released on 30 October 2023. It adds an optional monochrome icon that follows the OS color theme if enabled on Android >= 13. Privacy Cell can now be included in system backups. Previously it was prevented from doing so by security flags in the AndroidManifest.xml file. These flags were copied from…

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  • Privacy Browser and Password Managers

    From time to time I become involved in conversations regarding the integration of Privacy Browser with password managers. The purpose of this post is to place all of my thoughts on this subject in one place, as well as to explain why I consider it insecure to integrate a password manager into a web browser.…

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  • Privacy Browser 3.5

    Privacy Browser 3.5 has been released. It switches to using Android’s relatively new Day/Night theme, which constitutes the largest UI change since the original Privacy Browser was released. This fixes a longstanding bug with alert dialogs in the dark theme, makes the app font colors easier on the eye in dark mode, and fights burn-in.…

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