The Referer Header

The referer header is an optional header that informs the website you are visiting of the URL of the previous website (assuming you clicked a link to get to the current site instead of typing the URL into the address bar). It has no good reason to exist, but those who want to track you… Continue reading The Referer Header

Privacy Browser 3.6.1

Privacy Browser 3.6.1 was released with fix for a bug that caused View Source to crash on release builds. Because most of my devices are running debug builds it took a while before I was able to reproduce the bug. The root cause was that ProGuard, which removed unneeded methods in release builds to make… Continue reading Privacy Browser 3.6.1

Privacy Browser 3.6

This release fixes a bug that allowed buffered audio to continue to play when a tab was closed. There is a similar bug that I have a hard time reproducing that has similar symptoms, but includes the favorite icon for the closed tab being displayed on a remaining tab. If anyone is able to reproduce… Continue reading Privacy Browser 3.6

Let’s Encrypt ISRG Root X1 and Privacy Browser

23 December 2020 Update: Let’s Encrypt decided this wasn’t a smart idea, and extended the expiration date until 2024. So, for this immediate scenario, these instructions are no longer necessary. However, I will leave them up for people who are interested in the details of how to add a certificate authority to Android. On January… Continue reading Let’s Encrypt ISRG Root X1 and Privacy Browser

Saved Instance State

Beginning with Privacy Browser 3.5, the app now saves and restores the instance state if killed in the background by the OS. For those who might not be aware of the abomination that is memory management on Android, I would point you to the picture below, which was taken from the official Android Lifecycle documentation.… Continue reading Saved Instance State

Privacy Browser 3.5.1

Privacy Browser 3.5.1 contains two important bug fixes relating to the the new Day/Night theme and how Privacy Browser now handles being restarted by the OS. The first fixes a problem with the intents (links from other apps) not opening if Privacy Browser was restarted in the background by the OS. Privacy Browser would restore… Continue reading Privacy Browser 3.5.1

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.… Continue reading Privacy Browser 3.5

Privacy Browser Will Never Monetize the Default Search Engine

This morning I received the following email. Hi Soren, I hope all is well. I’m Chris – CMO at Startpage and I came across your Privacy Browser as I was looking into F-Droid. I saw Startpage on the screenshots on https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stoutner.privacybrowser.standardI assume you’re a fan and wanted to reach out to hear what you think… Continue reading Privacy Browser Will Never Monetize the Default Search Engine