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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.

vivaldi-start-screen

Privacy Configuration
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.

vivaldi-privacy-settings

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:

vivaldi-ghostery-tab

And I install AdBlock to prevent the browser pulling content (including malware droppers, autoplay videos, etc. etc.) from multiple ad servers:

vivaldi-adblock

Moar Settings
Like Firefox and Chrome, Vivaldi has a hidden configurations menu that can be accessed by entering ‘vivaldi://flags‘ in the URL bar.

vivaldi-hidden-settings

I couldn’t find a lot here though, apart from the password saving features.

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