Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine

Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine

Which is why using Ghostery’s new ad-free search engine and desktop browser, even in their pre-beta form, feels at once like a throwback to a simpler internet and a glimpse of a future where browsing that puts results ahead of revenue is once again possible.

The Anticlimax of the Google Antitrust Suit

The Anticlimax of the Google Antitrust Suit

Now Google is accused of forcing phone companies to install its apps on the Android OS—which it gives away for free.There’s no question that Google dominates search, but in 2020, there isn’t one company that rules technology but a cluster (including Microsoft).

How to Block Bad Websites—or Just Get Things Done

How to Block Bad Websites—or Just Get Things Done

David Nield via ChromeBlockSite is a free browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, and an app for Android and iOS, that does exactly what it says it will: block websites for you.

‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work

‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work

The idea is to create a technical specification that qualifies as a universal opt-out under the CCPA, so that exercising rights under the law would flip from being hopelessly complex to extremely easy.“This would provide a key component that’s called for in the California law, which is a simple way for consumers to invoke their right without having to go to each website and find the button,” said Ashkan Soltani, a privacy researcher who helped lead the effort.

The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking

The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking

(The consent preferences on WIRED are controlled by parent company Condé Nast).With the Do Not Tracking setting in browsers becoming increasingly useless , web browsers are increasingly flexing their privacy credentials Apple’s Safari browser has boosted its anti-tracking tech and Firefox has blocked trackers by default since 2018.Google Chrome is also planning on getting rid of third-party cookies.

You Have a Million Tabs Open. Here’s How to Manage Them

You Have a Million Tabs Open. Here’s How to Manage Them

Google recently introduced a new feature called Tab Groups that makes it easier to manage different bunches of tabs in Chrome.

Firefox Launched a New Android App to Lure Users From Chrome

Firefox Launched a New Android App to Lure Users From Chrome

Camp says that because Firefox is relying on Mozilla’s browser engine, it's able to use its Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) tool, which is turned on by default and blocks third-party tracking cookies that follow people around the web.

Incognito Mode May Not Work the Way You Think It Does

Incognito Mode May Not Work the Way You Think It Does

You might notice if you visit all your favorite sites in incognito mode, you won't get recognized, and are then asked to sign up for a whole load of newsletters and special offers all over again.

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

They’re options to “share computer sound” and “optimize screen sharing for video clip.” Make sure both boxes are checked.It’s a third-party browser extension that allows up to 50 people to watch anything on Netflix together.

Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features

Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features

"Chrome checks the URL of each site you visit or file you download against a local list, which is updated approximately every 30 minutes," Google explains in a blog post about the new setting.

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

Courtesy of Google via David NieldThe easiest and simplest way to browse the web with fewer digital footprints is to open up an incognito window, as Chrome calls it.

The Best and Worst Browsers for Privacy, Ranked

The Best and Worst Browsers for Privacy, Ranked

Microsoft Edge received the lowest privacy rating in a recently published study that compared the user information collected by major browsers.Edge also sends the hardware UUID of the device to Microsoft and Yandex similarly transmits a hashed hardware identifier to back end servers.

The Microsoft Edge Browser Features You Should Check Out First

The Microsoft Edge Browser Features You Should Check Out First

Open the browser menu, click Settings , then choose Privacy and Services to find the three levels of privacy Edge offers.Pick Focused for simple, clutter-free access to your bookmarks and a web search; go with Inspirational to add a background image; choose Informational to add some feeds from Microsoft News.

The Fractured Future of Browser Privacy

The Fractured Future of Browser Privacy

That existing model allows companies and advertisers at least some access to marketing data; one argument for preserving it is that if browsers become too restrictive, those parties will pull content from the open web and move it to mobile apps instead.

The Firefox Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

The Firefox Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

Open the Firefox menu and choose Customize ; from there, you can drag and drop shortcuts to certain features—including edit tools, your browsing history, and private browsing—into the toolbar, so they're always available to you.

The Chrome Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

The Chrome Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

Right-click on the site's tab at the top of Chrome, then choose Mute Site .You can right-click inside any text box in Chrome on Windows or macOS, then choose Emoji & Symbols to quickly access a gallery of icons and pictures.

The Safari Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right now

The Safari Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right now

From the Safari menu, choose Preferences then Tabs , and then tick the checkbox labeled Show website icons in tabs to apply the change to the browser.

A Mind-Boggling Uber Oversight, a Firefox Scam, and More News

A Mind-Boggling Uber Oversight, a Firefox Scam, and More News

Firefox users are gettin' scammed and Uber is gettin' slammed—but first, a cartoon about not liking what you see in the mirror .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

It's Time to Outsource Your Passwords to an App

It's Time to Outsource Your Passwords to an App

Features like Travel Mode, which automatically deletes sensitive data from devices before you go on a trip, and Watchtower, which identifies weak or reused passwords, help justify the cost: $36 a year for one user, $60 for the whole family.

The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks

The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks

Reuters reported this week that the US carried out cyberattacks against Iran in response to the September attack against Saudi Arabian oil production.The latest: Thieves tricking people into thinking they're updating their Tor browser, when in fact it downloads malware that changes the victim's browser settings, enabling thieves to steal from their payment service accounts.

7 Cybersecurity Threats That Can Sneak Up on You

7 Cybersecurity Threats That Can Sneak Up on You

The right browser extensions are able to add useful functionality and features to your daily window on the web, but these add-ons need to be vetted like any other piece of software—after all, they have the privilege of being able to see everything you're doing online, if they want to.

Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Also, much as WhatsApp and Instagram employees and users might not like it, merging the three brands also allows Zuckerberg to say that he’s doing what the world is asking of him.

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin brings the news of a major new privacy failure recently unearthed by security researchers: widely used Chrome and Firefox browser extensions scraped and sold the data of more than 4.1 million people, until the researcher alerted Google and Mozilla.

10 Productivity Tips and Tricks From WIRED Staff

10 Productivity Tips and Tricks From WIRED Staff

I use Death Clock, a Chrome extension that calculates your life expectancy and then displays your waning days, hours, and minutes every time you open a new tab.

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Throws the Doors Open Ahead of Build

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Throws the Doors Open Ahead of Build

Not only that it has changed, but that Microsoft has evolved its strategy during a time when some of its top competitors are selling you on software that locks you in—platforms that are so closed that “AOL will feel like a very open world compared to the kind of worlds that both Android and iOS have built,” Nadella says.

Tesla's Robotaxi Pledge, a Browser That Pays You, and More News

Tesla's Robotaxi Pledge, a Browser That Pays You, and More News

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says there will be a million self-driving Tesla taxis on the road by next year. You can finally make money surfing the web, and Elon Musk says you could be picked up by a self-driving Tesla taxi as soon as next year.

The Brave Browser Will Pay You to Surf the Web

The Brave Browser Will Pay You to Surf the Web

Today, ad networks pay sites like for ad space and web browsers like Brave and Chrome deliver content from those publishers to users. Eventually, the company plans to offer a service that will replace any blocked ads on a publisher's site with ads placed by Brave and give those publishers a cut of the ad revenue.

HTTPS Isn't Always As Secure As It Seems

HTTPS Isn't Always As Secure As It Seems

Vulnerabilities that are full-on "leaky" involve more deeply flawed encryption channels between browsers and web servers that would enable an attacker to decrypt all the traffic passing through them.

An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

But Toshin points out that attackers could also use the bug to gain inappropriate device access by tricking users into clicking a malicious link that would then open through Android's Instant App feature.

Turn On Auto-Updates Everywhere You Can

Turn On Auto-Updates Everywhere You Can

Turn On Auto-Updates Everywhere You Can Alyssa Foote This week, Google announced that it had patched a wicked vulnerability in Chrome, by far the most popular browser in the world.