Friday, 04 December 2020 10:31

Vivaldi adds privacy features in new version for Android

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Norway-based Vivaldi Technologies has released a new version of its browser for the Android mobile operating system, which it says has added WebRTC leak protection and auto-clearing of browsing data upon exit.

In a statement on Thursday, the company said version 3.5 would enable users to turn off WebRTC (Web Real-Time communication) which will avoid leaking IP addresses when using a VPN.

WebRTC is used mainly for peer-to-peer Web applications and can be used for voice and video chat and also for file-sharing applications without the need for plug-ins.

But the downside it that it leaks IP addresses to websites when using a VPN.

The update also allows users to sort their Notes and Bookmarks, a feature which is also available in the desktop version of the browser. Notes can also be re-ordered according to a user's preference.

“Many of you want to browse with more privacy. Our features represent what our users want – privacy and efficiency,” Vivaldi chief executive Jon von Tetzchner said.

“We continue to provide convenient solutions that our users appreciate.”

Vivaldi has versions for Windows, Linux (both.deb and rpm), macOS and Android. There is no version for iOS because Vivaldi is built on the open-source Chromium browser and Apple does not allow browsers that do not use its Webkit browser engine that is used by Safari.

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