Programs that respect your privacy

Category: Privacy Browser Android

  • Privacy Browser 3.11

    Privacy Browser 3.11 has been released. There are now options to enable the default X-Requested-With header behavior. There is an entire blog post written about the X-Requested-With header, but as a summary Android’s WebView automatically sends the app ID as the value of the X-Requested-With header with each request, which in the case of Privacy […]

  • The X-Requested-With Header

    As mentioned is several places on this website and in the app, there are some negative implications of using Android’s WebView to render web pages in Privacy Browser. The purpose of this post is to describe one of these downsides, explain the mitigations that are currently being taken, and describe the permanent solution that will […]

  • URL Modification

    Privacy Browser includes the following URL modifications, which are enabled by default. Each of these queries are stripped out as well as everything that follows them. An example URL looks like this: Privacy Browser strips out anything from the first ?utm_ forward, turning the URL into: Tracking Queries Privacy Browser blocks all the trackers listed […]

  • Why I Insist People Use the Forums and Issue Trackers

    From time to time I come across people who are frustrated when I insist that they use the forums and the issue trackers to communicate with me regarding the project. Instead of having to explain my reasoning over and over again, I thought it would be valuable to post it here. When I first started […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]