Programs that respect your privacy

Category: Privacy Browser Android

  • Mastodon Account

    A while back a user suggested I setup a Mastodon account for Privacy Browser, but at the time I didn’t feel that I needed anything in addition to all the existing communication platforms I was using. But, as is typically the case, over time my perceptions have changed, and I thought it would be nice […]

  • Privacy Browser 3.4.1

    Privacy Browser 3.4.1 has been released. It contains an emergency fix for some Android 10 devices that couldn’t access the public directories even when the storage permission was granted. This caused java.io.IOException:Permission denied errors when the storage permission was granted and the default download location was used on these devices.

  • 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 […]

  • DNS over HTTPS

    I received an email asking about implementing DNS over HTTPS (DoH) in Privacy Browser. As this is a fairly complex topic, and as there are likely to be other people with the same question, I thought it best to answer with this blog post. First, a little background about the problem. When DNS (the Domain […]

  • 2019 Financial Report

    Revenue Google Play: $335.27 Amazon: $136.63 PayPal: $71.68 Patreon: $29.61 Total Revenue: $573.19 Google Play revenue comes from selling the standard flavor on Google Play. Amazon revenue comes from selling the standard flavor on the Amazon Appstore. PayPal revenue comes from selling the standard flavor on XDA Labs and also from donations. Google AdMob ad […]

  • Privacy Browser 3.3

    Privacy Browser 3.3 has been released. This release took a lot longer than I expected due to a sudden increase in the business of my day job combined with the time constraints of having another child. There was a major reworking of the way Privacy Browser handles proxies. The underlying code was switched from using […]

  • 2019 Security and Privacy Canary

    Backdoors During 2019, Stoutner received 0 requests from governments or organizations to insert backdoors into Privacy Browser. During 2019, Stoutner inserted 0 backdoors into Privacy Browser. Privacy During 2019, Stoutner received 0 requests from governments or organizations to weaken the privacy of Privacy Browser. During 2019, Stoutner has made 0 changes to weaken the privacy […]

  • Privacy Browser 3.2

    Privacy Browser 3.2 has been released. The default search engine and homepage have been changed to Startpage. This is a big enough change that I have written a separate post explaining it. Recent changes in WebView broke proxying though Orbot, which is now fixed. However, this only fixes HPPTS proxying. HTTP proxying is still broken […]

  • Switching to Startpage As the Default Homepage and Search Engine

    Last year, with the release of Privacy Browser 2.12, I changed the default search engine and homepage from DuckDuckGo to Searx. With the release of Privacy Browser 3.2, I am changing it again. Of all the search engines I have seen, I like the structure and philosophy of Searx the most. It is open source […]

  • Minimizing Privacy Browser’s Attack Surface

    Every piece of software as complex as a browser that receives unsanitized information from the internet will eventually be compromised. How often that happens and how damaging the compromises are can be mitigated through a careful design process. Some information about decreasing the damage that a compromise can inflict is discussed on the Core Privacy […]