Many thanks to UWN Thesis for pointing me to the Vivaldi browser. I took an instant liking to it. The resemblance to the Opera browser is recognisable, and that’s because it’s developed by the same people that brought us the early version.
Like UWN Thesis, one of the first things I did was configure the browser for privacy. By the way, there is an incognito mode that can be enabled with Ctrl+Shift+N.
In the Privacy settings, I disabled the Third Party Services – whether that’s a good idea depends on how much you trust Google and confidence in your own security setup. I also configured the browser to block third-party and persistent cookies.
As UWN Thesis points out, Vivaldi uses several search engines enabled by default. I always remove most of them, using just StartPage and DuckDuck Go.
Then there’s the surprising amount of crap that gets loaded alongside the average Web page – trackers, ads, etc. As it happens, the Ghostery extension can also be installed for Vivaldi, which is definitely a good privacy measure. This prevents the usual trackers that enable a multitude of third parties profiling our browsing activities:
And I install AdBlock to prevent the browser pulling content (including malware droppers, autoplay videos, etc. etc.) from multiple ad servers:
Like Firefox and Chrome, Vivaldi has a hidden configurations menu that can be accessed by entering ‘
vivaldi://flags‘ in the URL bar.
I couldn’t find a lot here though, apart from the password saving features.