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Privacy and security with UR Browser

Author: Jennifer P.

Personal and Secure Privacy Focused Browser

Technology has been advancing and evolving so rapidly like the speed of light. Since the 1980s when the Internet has been made known through the World Wide Web (WWW), the electronic devices that we are holding onto right now, have also become more compact and user-friendly as possible.

Uses of the Internet

These days, many are seen with their portable electronic devices when they are strolling around, walking, jogging, etc. Students will find the need to use the Internet to gather information for their research and assignments. Teachers and other professionals also require connecting to the Internet to collate and prepare the necessary documents for their work. Many of us have also replaced certain essentials like alarm clocks, wall clocks, watches, table calendars, notepads, and many more, with our mobile devices. Embedded with many functions in this compact electronic device, it not only helps us to sort our daily tasks and lifestyles accordingly and orderly. It also makes use of the Internet connection to link up with the connections through the virtual world and allows us to get to know more friends online.

Internet Norms and News

When comes to the idea of surfing online, many of us will just open a public web browser from Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc., regardless of the settings of the web browser being secure or unprotected. In fact, this is not highly recommended by the Information Technology security experts, as they have realized that most cyber threats and virtual crimes have been on the rise, as there is not enough public awareness on how to protect themselves from such new and virtual threats. In other words, the public like us, we are vulnerable to them.

Introduction on Private Browsing

To have ourselves and virtual data protected, security experts and professionals have often recommended and even educated to the public to make use of the private browsing tools that can be found in most of our web browsers. These tools on the web browsers are embedded with private browser enabled. Sometimes, we may find that the private browsing button is missing, or some web browsers do not have available private browser, the simplest solution is to replace the existing web browser to a new one, namely UR Browser.

How to Get UR-Browser Private Browsing?

We can search and download the private browser exe package file from the Internet. After the download is done, the exe package file can be extracted and run for installation. This does not involve any cost for downloading and installation, and UR Browser also has enabled the private browser to download for PC. Not only that, but it also allows users to download these private browsers for free for their phones, as their private browsers are compatible with Android and iPhone operating systems.

Why Use UR-Browser Private Browsing?

  • Personalized Settings

Unlike other web browsers, UR Browser creates its browsers, especially focused on security and privacy. They make sure that the private browser command is user-friendly to all their users and allows users to customize the browser according to their preferences, especially on the browser background and settings.

  • Security Optimization on Privacy

Being able to personalize to their users’ preferences is not their only feature, they also help to protect our electronic devices at the same time while we are surfing online. UR Browser private browser has Chromium in implementation, so this will help to strengthen the private browsing experience and block off all the in-built trackers by other software like Google. Such powerful private browser like this also heightens the security level and protects our online information while surfing through the Internet, as it is capable to cordon off unrecognized and suspicious cookies that come from third party websites.

  • UR-Browser Promises

UR-Browser sets its beliefs and values on allowing the users to have full control over the authorization of online information privacy. They even reassure as their commitments to all users that data on UR Browser will not be sold to anyone, but only collect a small amount of data for technical issues like crash reports or errors, for expedited repairs and to improve their browsers. This small amount of data collected will totally remain unknown and anonymous, hence even the technicians, who are proceeding with the repairs or improvements, will not know who the data belongs to and thus being protected from misuse. In addition, they are relatively picky about who they should embark their partnerships with. UR Browser will only select trustworthy partners to build relationships with, and these partners must have a credible background on the European Union (EU) privacy laws obligation.

  • First Impression on Homepage Screen

With UR Browser, users will never ever get to read any pieces of fake news or information anymore. Their private browsers’ homepage screen is displayed with all the recent news and information – all retrieved from well-known and reputable news publishers and companies. Most of these news reporting sites are from the European broadcasting agencies and their content quality is set to be showcased as the factual truth.

  • For Download Lovers

Downloading videos, songs, movies, and many other files or documents are not a rare sight any longer. It is sure that all of us is guilty of doing so. However, only a handful of us will mass download many different types of documentation and items simultaneously and often grumble that the downloading speed is so slow like a tortoise. Well, the existence of UR Browser is definitely a wonderful piece of news for all download lovers. With its state-of-the-art technology, users get to receive their downloads at least four times faster than other existing browsers. The files, that are meant to be downloaded, are said to be defragmented into small parts during downloading, hence increasing the speed for all the concurrent downloads. Not only that, after downloading, there are times whereby we are not able to find the downloaded files and must spend more time re-downloading them again. However, private browsers for UR Browser are so user-friendly that they have automatically these downloaded files into a Download Manager bar, for us to find and view all at a glance.

With UR Browser, everything will be done for you in an instant and most importantly, at the most secure privacy protection level.

Private Browsing and Apple Products – Everything An Apple User Should Know

Private internet browsing can vary with different devices and software, whether this is your typical Apple or Android and even, Mac or Microsoft Windows.

Now many internet users may not be aware of all the methods and ways that one can benefit in terms of private internet browsing and the protection of an internet user’s personal data and information online.

When specifically talking about Apple or Mac products, there may be different ways to access or download and install a private browsing software as well as virtual private network service. In order to help you distinguish between the ways and products of private browsing and virtual private networks in the cyber world.

Some private browsing software and virtual private networks are designed for use on various different types of mobile and desktop companies. One of these may be the UR-Browser which is available for operation on Mac, Android (the beta version) and, Microsoft Windows.

Downloading Private Browsers In iOS

The well-known iOS is a mobile operating system which was developed by Apple Inc. in 2007. Over time there have been various updates with the most recent being the iOS 13 which has not yet been released to the public.

IOS operates the Apple iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch. 

There are various private browsers available on iOS for installing and downloading to the Apple product user. Private browser download iOS may include DuckDuckGo, Firefox Mozilla, InBrowser, Maxthon, Cheetah Browser and many more.

The downloading and installing process for these is generally all the same.

iOS 7

As the Apple Company is up to iOS 13 by now, needless to say, the iOS 7 is probably considered pretty old. It was released in 2013 and was succeeded by the iOS 8 which was released to the public in 2014.

Private browsers for iOS 7 can be found through the iTunes application.

Moreover, private browsing can be enabled by opening the safari app and further clicking on the “tab” option on the bottom left corner. Then, a new page will be opened in which you may see the word “Private” on the bottom right cornerwhich will then take the internet user to a private mode.

iOS 12 Beta

Beta versions of new Apple software and programs are test versions that are used by a limited number of Apple users in order to test if the software is in running and stable condition. During the beta stage, any changes, additions or subtractions are done to the software.

Private browsers on iOS 12 Beta may be limited as they are not available to the general public.

After the iOS 12 Beta, Apple released an update of this same software named as, iOS 12 Beta 3 or in other words, iOS 12.3 Beta or iOS 12.3 Public Beta 3. This was released in April 2019 so it is considered to be relatively new.

In terms of privacy, the iOS 12 beta 3 private browser is pretty much the same as previous iOS privacy systems. The built-in private browsing tab can be accessed, however, unlike special browsing software such as the UR-Browser, it does not prevent websites and third-parties from tracking the internet user’s search history and personal information and data.   

iOS 12

When talking specifically about the private browser for iOS 12, in order to enable the built-in private browsing tabs, the user must generally follow the same methods as the ones mentioned in the iOS 7 tab.

There have been some complaints of the private browser tab missing in iPhones and iPads following the iOS 12 route. Basically, private browser safari in iOS 12 is the only way to access private browsing without installing or downloading a third-party application.

 The fix, however, has also been explained. All the iOS user must do is click on the “pages” icon after opening the “Safari” application and then clicking on “Private” on the bottom left corner. This will result in the user being able to browse the internet without leaving any history and the screen will turn into a grey tone rather than the usual white.

Private Browsing and Safari in Apple Products

Safari is the web browser that comes built-in to all Apple devices. The original version was first introduced on the Mac desktop back in 2003. Later on with the introduction if the first iPhone in 2007, a mobile version was developed and has been used by Apple users ever since.

Private browser mode on Safari is available on all of Apple’s devices. Whether it be the MacBook’s, iPhones or iPads.

According to some resources, when private browsing on safari is enabled, the user’s browsing history is not saved, any passwords entered in private mode are not saved, search history is not retained, some websites are prevented from adding cookies to your device, however, it is important to note that not all websites can be stopped in this mode, unlike proper privacy software such as the UR-Browser, and, usernames are also not saved.   

Safari Privacy in Different Years

As far as private browsing Safari 11 and its update is concerned, the method to enable private browsing on safari by the built-in way is the same as mentioned above. There may, however, be some other or more updated versions of separate private browsing software that may only be available for installing and downloading on iOS 11 or higher updates.

Similarly, when talking about the private browser of Safari 2018, the web browser by Apple, again, accessing the private browsing tab is the same method.

When discussing the legal privacy policy, using Safari does not really offer complete privacy benefits like web browsing software that is specifically designed for privacy purposes. Therefore, it may be best to install third-party software in order to keep any personal information and data safe and secure. 

In recent times, many Apple product users have found the problem of the private browser gone from Safari. This does not generally mean that the option of private browsing has been discontinued but it is merely a glitch in the software. There are many methods and ways explained in detail on the web that allows users to solve this problem and re-enable the private browsing tabs on Safari.   

Popular and Effective Private Browsing Software and Internet Security Systems

As most internet users should be aware of, internet browsing is a very private matter and should be done within secure facilities in order to ensure that the internet user’s data is not at risk of being stolen at all.

In today’s time, there are many types of different private browsing and internet data security software available. Some may be free of charge whereas others may have costs varying from low to very high prices. Moreover, private browsing software and security systems for internet using individuals and businesses all come with different features, some of which may appeal to certain users.

Some private browsers such as the UR browser may be favored by a large number of users due to its extensive features such as a built-in virtual private network (VPN) and the option of using other search engines. 

In order to help users gain more knowledge on private browsing systems and which features to look for, we have compiled a list of some of the popular private browsing software used around the world.

DuckDuckGo Privacy Company

The DuckDuckGo private search software and internet security system was created in 2008 and includes the options of completely private browsing as well as has no ads that may disturb the internet user or company. Unlike the UR browser, however, the private search DuckDuckGo does not offer a browser nor a built-in virtual private network, so the user may have to separately download and install it for increased coverage and privacy.

E-Capsule Private Browser

Similar to other private browsing software, the e-Capsule™ browsing system ensures that users will have complete anonymity when browsing the internet and users will be protected from any types of viruses and spyware. Moreover, this system includes a 14-day free trial period, after which the user must buy a package including all the facilities provided.

However, this internet privacy browsing system requires a password from all users when they open certain websites, unlike other browsers such as the UR browser, which do not require any sorts of details. 

Kaspersky Internet Protection

Found in 1997, Russia, the Kaspersky Lab is formally known as a cybersecurity company and an anti-virus provider. Private browsing Kaspersky enables its users to block certain websites which attempt to collect information about the users for marketing or other purposes.

Private Browser for Ubuntu

Although not a private browsing software, Ubuntu is an operating system made for cloud computing. Ubuntu does not store or share any personal information about the user unless it is needed for service reasons.

As this is an operating system, there are some different private browsing systems that can be downloaded and installed in order to ensure maximum privacy. Some of these may include Firefox, Opera and, Vivaldi.

MacOS High Sierra

Just like Ubuntu, High Sierra is also an operating system released by macOS. It was released just a couple years ago in September 2017. Many users are concerned with private browsing on High Sierra, this may be due to the fact that operating systems are not specifically designed to protect user information and provide complete internet security. Therefore, many internet users and businesses look for private browsing software.

Jungle Private Browser

Another private internet search browser that allows the individual or business users to browse through the internet without the fear of their personal information and data being stolen and/or shared with other parties for marketing and other various reasons. This private internet browser is available on both iOS and Android.

Vivaldi

This well-known internet browsing software was released to the public back in 2016. According to its website, private browsing Vivaldi does not track its users, keeps user information private and, allows the users to choose between various search engines.

One thing to note, however, is that the options of privacy, not tracking and private search engines are only enabled when the “Private Window” is chosen by the internet user. Thus, if the user is browsing the internet in a normal or non-private window, these features may not be usable and the user’s data may have the potential of being seen by third parties.

Private Browser Veil

This private internet browsing software was researched and created by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is known to be a software for internet users who are extra paranoid regarding their data and personal information. The Veil private browsing software goes above and beyond in terms of privacy by hiding the user’s page from not only third parties but also its own operating system.

However, it is said by that even after such privacy and security measures, the device being used at the time is still left with a minimal trace of history.

Opera Browser

This web browser is available for use on Android, iOS, Mac OS, Linux and, Microsoft Windows and was introduced to the public in 1995. The Opera browsing software has the options of incognito mode to hide a user’s search history just like many other web browsers available in the cyber world.  

As far as Opera’s own privacy policy and terms are concerned, it does ask for an email address or some kind of social media account when a user creates a profile in order to use Opera. It also has access to the user’s location to which some specific ads may be targeted.

Opera does have a built-in proxy service, similar to a virtual private network service, that states it does not log any information that may be related to or involve the user’s browsing activity. Although, proxy connections are not all always secured, nor do they protect the full computer traffic, as UR browser does. Opera also checks specific websites before allowing the user to access them in order to prevent any chances of fraud and /or scams.

Private Browser Keepsolid

Developed and released in 2013, Keepsolid not only has a private browser but also two forms of virtual private networks. One is an unlimited virtual private network which uses powerful encryption technology and an unlimited internet connection. It also offers the VPN Lite which is simply a lighter version that takes up less space.

The Keepsolid software is available on Microsoft Windows, Apple, Android and, Linux.

How The Use Of Private Browsers Is Related to Privacy Laws in Varying Countries

Private browsing is an essential factor for everyone who uses the internet. There are many things that may seem like no one other than you are able to access, however, that may not always be the case. During your internet browsing session, your internet service provider is able to overlook everything that you search. Some third-party hackers may also be trying to get into your information for malicious reasons. Due to this, one should always use a safe and secure internet browser such as UR Browser that offers automatic scanning for viruses each time you open a new website, encrypted information and, redirection to the most secure website versions.

Internet Privacy Laws and Acts

Each country has different privacy and digital privacy laws and acts that all cyber entities are obliged to follow. Websites that use the personal information of a user must have a privacy policy that helps the user to understand each and every way that their information and data may be used.

The website that one creates may have to follow different circumstances according to the laws of the country it is operating in.

Digital Privacy Act Canada

Canada has a very extensive program on the general and digital privacy laws for all the websites and social apps that are being run in the country or collect the information of its citizens.

First and foremost, the digital privacy act S-4 was introduced in 2014 and was fully implemented in 2015 in Canada.

This act which is also known as the Bill S-4 digital privacy act is actually a set of changes made to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). These changes were put into effect in June 2015.

This proves that the personal data of users are not at risk of being seen by the government and any other third-party organizations.

The privacy acts in Canada are updated frequently according to laws and regulations changing such as the digital privacy act 2017 Canada.

The digital privacy act 2015 Canada ensures that all companies and organizations compile with the rules and regulations set by ruling a fine of $10,000 to $100,000 to those who do not adhere.

With the use of UR Browser, you have the ability to hide all your personal information from search engines which have the ability to share your data with other parties.

Generally, the whole country of Canada follows the same privacy laws, however, the digital privacy act Ontario has also been separately created in order for an easier following. All this information is contained on the official website of Ontario and includes which type of data can be collected, stored and, released in the province of Ontario.

Digital Privacy US

In the United States of America, the laws of digital privacy are not including in the federal laws as done so in some certain other countries. Instead, this authority is given to each state where the officials of the state decide the strictness of its general and digital privacy policies.

The only law that has been introduced regarding digital privacy is the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) which requires all websites that collect personal information in the state of California to release a privacy policy.

The act requires such websites to include the following in their privacy policies;

  • Type of data the website will collect
  • Any and all third-parties that may be able to access this data
  • Updates to the privacy policy
  • How the user can change or update their personal information.

Digital Privacy UK

In the United Kingdom, the Information Commissioner’s Office has the responsibility to sustain digital privacy policies and laws. In the UK, websites who use cookies must also inform the user of how they will be used.

Digital Privacy Act New Zealand (NZ)

The privacy act of 1993 in New Zealand that entities who collect such information must seek this data from the individual. The user must be aware of the use of this data and the time of use.

If the user files any type of complaint, the website will be taken under investigation and may further be fined or even shut down permanently.

Digital Privacy Russia

The consent of the user is required prior to the collection of any personal information. This further applies to the modifying and destroying of the user’s data, however, if any such information is required by law, consent will not be taken into consideration.

There are so many acts made and used in Russia for the Protection of individual Personal data, 2005 and, the Law of the Russian Federation (in Personal Data). The latter also applies to those companies or organizations which use automatic tools or equipment for the purpose of gathering personal information of users. 

Digital Privacy Switzerland

The Federal Act on Data Protection of Switzerland only allows personal information to be collected for positive reasons and only if the user is aware that their information is being collected.

Moreover, all information should be taken directly from the subject.

Digital Privacy Laws in the European Union

As far as the UR Browser is concerned, using it will ensure that all your personal and private information is protected by the EU digital privacy laws.

The EU Data Protection Directive of 1998 states that personal information can only be collected for fair and positive reasons. Furthermore, the explanation of the purpose of the collection must be given to the user and the consent of the user must also be attained. Under the EU, it is compulsory for the website to inform the user if any of their data will be viewed by third-parties.

UR Browser also allows its users to delete their provided information at any time. It also has an updated privacy policy which ensures the users how and when their information will be used. UR Browser does not give out their user’s personal information to any search engines where they may be sent to third-party organizations.

Digital Privacy and Security In Various Work and School Sectors

Digital privacy is a very important matter that should be taken into consideration in every type of industry and sector of work or business.

Why Digital Privacy Is Important

Digital privacy is an extremely essential aspect of the cyber world. This is because data is considered to have a very high value in the world of the internet. It can be stored, analyzed, collected and sold to third-party companies that use individual’s data for marketing intentions.

Even if the intent of marketing is removed, any and all information about who you or the individual is still at risk. Some of the information may include, social security numbers, passwords, addresses, names, date of birth, phone numbers and, etc.

For all of these reasons, digital privacy should be taken very seriously whether it is on a mobile phone or a desktop and laptop.

In order to ensure that your browsing and other personal data is protected on both your mobile phone and laptop, one should use secure browsing software and application such as the UR Browser.  

Digital World Privacy Issues

Even though digital privacy and security are very vital in all systems of internet use, there are still many issues regarding privacy and protection of data in the digital world.

Some issues of digital rights privacy and security in the cyber world may include the following.

  • Cyberbullying

One of the most known forms of digital world issues is the infamous cyberbullying. Although this form mostly occurs with preteens, teens or young adults, it is not uncommon for the older age range either. Cyberbullying can be done by bullies gaining access to some personal information of a user from social media that can further escalate towards very deadly endings.

  • Stalking

Stalking is also a very dangerous issue of digital world privacy. Most stalkers can only gain information about their victims from online websites or social media.

  • Information Sharing to Third Parties

Many younger users on the internet do not realize the risk they are putting their personal information and data when they use websites that share data to third-party platforms. Not only this but many older users of the World Wide Web also fall victim to such scams. 

In order to avoid such a problem, it is best to install and download a reliable private browsing software such as the UR Browser which ensures that the user’s data will be safe and protected at all times.

How Digital Privacy is Important in All Sectors

Digital privacy in the cyber world is not only important in personal use for an individual, but also is of much concern in the workplace or in school for students.

Digital Workplace Privacy

Privacy in the workplace can be difficult to obtain in today’s time and age. One of the reasons for this is the use of security cameras that monitor the employee’s each and every move. Moreover, it is widely known that the user’s employer may have access to everything the user searches when on a work Wi-Fi connection and desktop. They may even take screenshots of the user’s desktop or PC and monitor keystrokes as well as record emails.

While it is true that an employer does have a right to make sure that the office’s devices and software are being used in the correct way and no misuse is occurring, the employee’s should receive some sort of information on the information that will be tracked and in what ways they may be monitored.

Various sectors and industries may have different ways of monitoring and viewing the employee’s steps and routine. The most common is the basic office work employees as the use of the internet is mostly involved in such jobs.

Digital Privacy In Schools

First and foremost, the educational records of students are now stored online and thus, may be accessed by third parties. In order to avoid such acts of trespassing, the United States of America created the FERPA. This stands for, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act which protects the privacy of educational records of students.

Moreover, many students do not understand how their privacy and personal information may be at risk online. Digital privacy for students can be ensured by using applications and software that are reliable in securing the student’s and the school’s personal information such as the UR Browser.

Digital Privacy In Other Software

When considering all sectors of work, one must also keep in mind the privacy in online companies or software. For instance, the e-commerce platform “Digital River” also must attain a privacy policy.

The Digital River Privacy Policy states how the user’s data will be processed and when it will be processed. Moreover, it informs the user about the use of cookies and the collection of information.

Similarly, other initiatives such as the Google Digital Wellbeing also have privacy policies set in order to abide with certain countries’ legislation on digital privacy. The Digital Wellbeing Privacy Policy can be found on the policies tab in Google. Their privacy policy includes information about how Google manages, updates, exports and, deletes the user’s information. Moreover, it also mentions the use of Cookies and other tracking factors that may be available during the use of its software.

DigitalOcean, a cloud computing company also contains a privacy policy on their official website. DigitalOcean VPN Privacy is a topic that has been of concern to some users in more recent times. DigitalOcean has stated that all the information that it collects for its users including payment information, account registration information, and communications. Furthermore, it has stated in its privacy policy that some information may be obtained from third-party accounts that the user links to their DigitalOcean account.

This privacy policy also states all the ways that the user’s information may be used and how it may be processed if a legal matter occurs.

In conclusion, it is safe to say that digital privacy and a secure browsing network are essential in all sorts of workplaces and businesses whether they are e-commerce, educational or even, other technological software.

Digital Privacy – An Elaborate Study Of Security In The Cyber World

Many digital privacy questions have been asked around the internet, some regarding its benefits whereas others were more focused on its disadvantages. In order to give a better understanding of the whole concept of digital privacy, this article has been written to include all the digital privacy pros and cons, reforms, rules and, regulations.

Many digital privacy quizzes and tests are available on the internet in order to increase the knowledge of web browser users about how their personal information and search history may be at risk.

digital privacy advantages

Digital Privacy – Advantages

  • Protects Those Vulnerable To Exploitation

This may include children who are using the internet without any adult supervision or even any permission. With an increase in digital privacy not only will any suspicious websites will be opened but any inappropriate content may also be blocked. Such a private browser may be UR-Browser, this contains the ability to automatically scan any opened websites for viruses and later block them.  

  • Easier To Access All Websites

Similarly, many websites or applications may not be accessible in various countries. With the use of a private browsing system and a virtual private network, many of the said websites or applications can be obtained as these private browsers hide your actual location.

  • Creates A Balanced System

Many “special” users on the internet who are said to be conspiracy theorists always wait for the opportunity for the government to interfere into the daily lives of regular citizens. When internet privacy is being undertaken, these theorists have little to no ability to comment on any posts or blogs which may be abusive or rude.

Digital Privacy – Drawbacks

  • Creates The Potential For Abuse

Although digital privacy is very important and beneficial, there may also be some cons that come with it. First of all, the use of private browsers and virtual private networks creates anonymity amongst many users. This, in turn, results in the ability for users to abuse others as they have no fear of getting caught. VPNs and private browsing networks hide the location and IP address of the user and block websites from gaining access to the user. Thus, people may become abusive by using profane language and comments on different applications or software.

  • May Harm Businesses and Their Market Tracking

Many companies and businesses may use internet tracking in order to gain more information on potential customers by looking up their interests and likes on the different websites that they access and the pages and accounts that they have liked or followed on various social media applications.

Digital privacy protection may hide all this information from marketers which will make it difficult for them to verify whether or not customers may be interested in their products.

Digital Privacy Regulations

Different countries have different rules and regulations regarding digital privacy, however, most of them tend to be of the same concept with the majority of laws being similar. For instance, in 2012, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced as a set of rules and regulations in the European Union that was designed to protect internet users from the tracking and unfair data collection of any kind.

The user must be sure that the certain browser or virtual private network (VPN) that they use is in line with the laws of their country. The UR-Browser follows all the laws and regulations set by the EU regarding digital privacy which ensures its users that their data and personal information will remain safe and secure at all times.

Digital Privacy Risks

Another very important reason to use a private browser and/or a virtual private network is because of the risks involved with the concept of digital privacy.

Internet privacy threats and risks are a massive problem in the cyber world and they should be taken very seriously.

  • Public Wi-Fi

Although it may be slightly shocking, public Wi-Fi is actually extremely dangerous in context to digital privacy risks. This is due to the fact that public Wi-Fi networks have little to no encryption available, resulting in hackers and dangerous third parties being able to easily access the data going through your device and the World Wide Web.

However, through the use of private browsers such as the UR-Browser, this risk may be reduced.

  • Social Network Risks

Although many people use all social media applications, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., they all do involve a very high-risk level.

Facebook includes the user’s location, pictures, phone number and, name, this makes it very easy for potential hackers or stalkers to gain a victim.

Twitter, on the other hand, includes the location of its users on their pictures and tweets.

Many social networking applications have introduced a measure to increase privacy such as including the options for sharing photos, videos and other information with only selected people. However, some other applications are still proving to be a risk to social media users.

Digital Privacy Solutions

The solutions to digital privacy may be too long to discuss. However, when considering software for solving the digital privacy problem, one should look for an application or software that is compatible on both the mobile phone and PC or Mac, has ensured safety policies and, follow legal rules as well.

Many websites and applications nowadays already include a digital privacy statement or privacy policy to make sure that the users are satisfied prior to use.

Digital Privacy Reform

Digital privacy has had many improvements over the last few years in various countries around the world. For instance, many countries have changed or updated the definition of “personal information” in privacy laws in order to make it more appealing to daily factors.

Furthermore, in the United States, the digital privacy Supreme Court case gained popularity in June 2018 when the Supreme Court announced that the Fourth Amendment will be applied to digital privacy matters as well. In more general terms, authorities will need a search warrant to trace and access the mobile phone and other electronic devices during a criminal investigation.

Just as so, many digital privacy reforms have taken place in Japan over the years. The most vital year being 2014, where many changes were bought to the Information Protection Act.

Digital Privacy And Its Relationship With Ethics – A Complicated Affair

One thing about digital ethics and privacy is that many businesses and websites may not be sure of what should be labelled as ethical in terms of privacy. However, in the European Union, the GDPR helps to ensure the guidelines of protecting the data and personal information of users. As the world of technology expands, there may be even more ethical rules and regulations about digital privacy that one should be careful about.  

What is Digital Ethics?

Digital ethics is a field of study that is concerned with the shape of technology in current times and how it will affect the social, moral and, the political existence of human beings. Many various terms can be found on digital security, ethics and, privacy on Quizlet.

Some popular topics in the context of digital ethics and privacy 2019 are the following;

  • Digital monopolies and how to overcome them
  • Digital Democracy
  • Can code and speech be considered similar?
  • Cloud Computing
  • Autonomous Machinery.

Many a time, ethics and digital privacy have not exactly gone hand in hand. This may be because some companies only gain profit by selling their user’s data to third party companies and businesses for marketing reasons.

This may be where digital privacy acts and regulations come in. These are created in order to ensure user privacy, thus, compiling with ethical factors. Private browsing software such as UR-Browser keeps an updated privacy policy which informs users how and when their data and personal information will be used.

Digital Privacy Acts Over the Years

Although there are different digital privacy acts for different countries, most of them tend to have the same concept and similar rules and regulations.

The Canadian digital privacy act 2015 includes rules of personal data collection. Some of which are, the fact that the user must consent to the whole process prior to the gathering of personal data, the collector must state the purpose of the personal information and when it will be used, protection from financial abuse and, protection from the fraud of any kind. The digital privacy act Section 10 was also amended in 2015.

Privacy acts as such are continuously updated for more efficient information each year. The digital privacy act 2017 was updated for various countries including Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, France, Germany, Israel, the United Kingdom, and, Italy.

Some of these updates consisted of, prevention of invasions of privacy for both online and offline matters, privacy principles for both government and private sector companies that collect the user’s personal information.

Canada

For the privacy act of Canada, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) was updated in 2017 to include specifically what kind of consent is valid for the collection, distribution and, destroying of personal data and information.

The European Union

As for the European Union, one update to its privacy act was the right for the controller to delete all personal data and information if the individual demands so. Moreover, when the purpose of the data has been completed the party who collected this information must remove it permanently.

UR-Browser compiles with all the privacy laws of the European Union, thus proving that it is a perfectly safe browser to use.

Japan

In Japan, privacy laws are from the Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) which was also updated in 2017. Some of the changes included updating of the definition of “personal information”, the introduction of criminal penalties for the misuse of information databases and, the right to privacy has been recognized in the official courts of Japan.

Digital Data Privacy in 2018

2018 is said to be the year that digital privacy and security got extremely real. Its importance increased widely in all types of industries. Digital privacy in 2018 began to receive many new updates and software. Different types of private browsing software and applications were introduced in 2018 as well as improved virtual private networks to hide the location and search history of a user.   

Digital Privacy 2019

The time of writing, also 2019, is the most advanced year for digital privacy browsers. Many new and improved digital private browsers and VPNs have been introduced in the market with a very extensive range of features in each one.

For instance, the UR-Browser is not only a completely safe and secure browsing software but also comes with a built-in virus scanner and a virtual private network alongside many other amazing features.

Although technology has increased to extreme heights in 2019, there is still a sense of doubt among many users of the World Wide Web. So much so that around half of the users on the internet believe that complete and utter digital privacy is impossible and cannot be attained even with the use of the best private browsing applications or virtual private networks.

Digital Privacy in The Near Future

It is said across the internet that digital privacy in 2025 will be completely different than what users have seen up until now.

Many users believe that until 2025, a whole privacy rights infrastructure will be created. On the other hand, others believed that by 2025, the concept of privacy in online life will become a taboo subject and will not be understood nor appreciated by further generations.

Digital Privacy Rights – Christian Perspective

Digital privacy rights and ethics are also considered in the Christian religion. Some Christians may believe that the internet is a place of evil while thinking about the questionable material that is available on the World Wide Web. From a Christian perspective, some may accept technology and the internet whilst keeping in mind the positive uses of the internet.

In some cases, some people may believe that privacy was not a big issue in previous times just as it should not be now and that the government and other authorities have the right to access the private information of all internet users for legal purposes. 

However, as time goes on, more and more religious perspectives on digital privacy updates are changing in order to meet the changing world and technology.

Preserving your digital identity means using a secure browser

When Leonard Kleinrock wrote his “Information Flow in Large Communication Nets” paper, back in 1961, he probably couldn’t have imagined what he was starting. The bold idea of this famous visionary put the wheels of history into motion, so today we have this glorious web of information and entertainment that connects us all. In between 2000 and 2009, the number of active internet users went from 194 million to whopping 1.858 billion all over the world. This huge network of networks called the internet has quickly become an integral part of our every-day lives.

The vast majority of people have at least some kind of online presence. Even the smallest specs of information on the internet, leaves a virtual footprint that can eventually point in the direction of the person who made it. Needless to say, preserving personal data and saving your digital identity from misuse is of utmost importance. The ability to interact online without endangering or sacrificing your personal privacy is vital to the future of the internet as a network that connects the world. Whether you keep your digital privacy or disclose your personal information with anyone, should be your own conscience choice. This issue raises more issues, such as the matter of the level of conscience of children whose parent let them use the internet freely and without any control. It has become very easy for anyone to use the advantages of the internet for malicious purposes. From identity thefts to social security frauds, it is clear that we should all start giving more thought to secure browsing and safety of our privacy in general. It may sound silly, but a proper privacy focused browser could save your life.

Secure browsers, the modern solution to a modern problem

Secure browsers, such as UR Browser, offer an array of carefully thought and developed features. Proper security browser doesn’t use third-party cookies and trackers that could collect your information for advertising purposes. Unsecured browsers are prone to sneaky advertisement and pop-up ads, that could ultimately ruin your internet experience completely. Most of the secure browsers also offer advance private browsing features. With already mentioned UR Browser this particular feature is called the Ninja Mode. These features basically enable you to surf completely incognito, so the passwords, browsing history or searches don’t get saved. Furthermore, the secure browser will always alert you to potentially malicious websites and redirect you to a more safer internet environment. In addition to this, all of your downloads are checked against know threats as malware and viruses and you can usually count on a variety of interesting features that can make you time spent on the internet even more carefree and enjoyable. Options such as personalization of your browser and quick accesses to your favorite websites are just an icing on the cake when it comes to useful traits of the secure browsers.

Each of these secure browsers has a mission to keep you and your precious information safe. Most of them are built as special ecosystems, with incentives and handy features. Though all secure browsers differ among themselves, their mutual aim is to “heal” the current state of the web. The best you can do is to thoroughly protect yourself and your family. Now that we’ve mentioned family, it is very important to consider that not all members of one household are equally tech-savvy. That is why it is also important to think about the appearance of the browser. Everyone should be able to use it easily and without difficulties. UR Browser, for example, has a very “clean-cut” look, without flashy and distracting colors, so it is convenient and easy to navigate. Elegant design and concise instructions make it a perfect fit for everyone, and that should be one of the main features too look for among privacy focused browsers.

The internet, one for all

Because of its numerous uses, the internet has become virtually all-encompassing. It is the largest knowledge database and ecommerce hub, but most importantly – it is where we connect. Our Email accounts have seemingly endless storage capacities, and the number of information exchanged there, as well as their value, can’t be measured. On the same note, identity protection comes to mind once again. The internet offers some of the most efficient means of communication, through apps, social networks, instant messages, blogging websites and more. Basically, whether you just want to chat with someone while you sip your morning cup of Joe, or you want to express your inner self, internet is the perfect place to do it. As far as the communication goes, it offers a platform for any kind of communication imaginable. Every platform we ever visited through an unsecure browser, has kept some kind of trace of our visit. Yet somehow, we still dear to disregard the benefits of our browser security and surf the web unprotected.

Aside from being an unlimited source of all kinds of information and making our lives easier, the internet also brought new kinds of perils which we are now forced to face. Loads of illegal and inappropriate material circulates through the internet every day. The number of computer viruses and their intricacy has been worrisome for a while now. The addiction to social networks is also becoming a prevalent problem among young people in recent years. In addition to all of these problems, illegal download of music and other copyrighted content for free, has set back the music industry severely and lead to a large number of serious lawsuits. Keep in mind that this is a minority of the consequences that the unsecure usage of the internet has led to.  Secure browsers, such as UR Browser, are a necessity. The internet is intertwined with all of our daily activities, and it is our job to protect ourselves and the people we love.

Maybe the best indicator of the prevalence and power of the internet, is the existence of cyber psychology. The development of a completely new branch of psychology speaks volumes about how all-consuming and potentially dangerous the internet can be. Revise your online identity protection today, so you don’t have to worry tomorrow.

Small team, great achievements and even bigger ambitions for 2019!

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2018: Guerrilla Anti-Tracking and Embedded Virtual Private Network Shielding

We are still a start-up and even though we are a small team, and do not always get to address all your messages and needs, they do concern us and we do listen to them! Thank you for that!

We are sharing all of them with our product team who is prioritizing each of those along with our planned features and improvements, so that they will be eventually addressed.

For the past year, we had to reduce the communication efforts in favor of focusing more on the product and achieving some major milestones:

  1. Improve stability and security with UR 61 release, (do we want to link to an old version in this post vs. just having a reference to it in plain text?) adding anti-fingerprinting capabilities and improving the HTTPs enforcing;
  2. Introduce a unique feature in the browser: a full VPN client with UR 62, not only to protect the browser traffic but all your device’s traffic;

We will not talk about the first one as we already have on the blog and it’s already too old, we are already working to bring UR to Chromium 71.

We do want to share with you more about the latest VPN feature and why we considered it such an import part of the puzzle.

Why does a browser need a VPN?

For those of you who are not aware of what a VPN is and why you should use one here is a short intro.

By its’ meaning a Virtual Private Network is an internet security service that allows users to access the Internet as though they were connected to a private network. This encrypts the Internet communications as well as providing a strong degree of anonymity. Some of the most common reasons people use VPNs are for location anonymity, the right to online privacy, to protect against snooping on public Internet connections, to circumvent Internet censorship, or to connect to a business’s internal network for remote work purposes.

Generally, when users create an Internet connection to visit a website or to access an online service, most Internet traffic is unencrypted and very public. The device that initiates the request through a browser or another app, will connect to their Internet Service Provider (ISP), and then the ISP will connect to the Internet to find the appropriate web server to fetch the request website or service. Information is exposed with every step of the Internet request. The IP address is exposed throughout the process, the ISP and any other intermediary can keep logs of the user’s browsing habits and interests. Moreover, the data flow between the user’s devices and the webservers is unencrypted, which creates opportunities for malicious actors to spy on the data or perpetrate attacks on the user, such as a man-in-the-middle attack.

When using a trusted VPN service to connect to the Internet, users gain a higher level of security and privacy by:

  • The VPN client connects to the ISP by creating an encrypted connection
  • The ISP connects the VPN client to the VPN server, maintaining the encrypted connection
  • The VPN server decrypts the received data from the user’s device and then connects to the Internet to access the web server in an unencrypted communication, exposing only the IP address of the VPN server and masking users’ IP

How VPN works. What is a VPN.

This is known as a ‘VPN tunnel’ the encrypted connection between the VPN Client and VPN server passes through the ISP, blocking the ISP and/or malicious actors from seeing a user’s activity.

 

Beware, VPN and Proxy extensions are not enough!

In the past UR explored, as did other competitors, the so-called ‘VPN extensions’ or ‘proxy-extensions.’ They offered a similar service as a VPN but with a few important drawbacks like: not fully encrypted communications and solely browser request protection, excluding by its tech limitations the requests issued by any other apps running on the device.  A potential negative effect of this lack of coverage could be – the location was masked while surfing websites w

ith UR, yet other local apps/services would expose user’s location when communicating with their servers on the Internet. To avoid such scenarios users would have had to subscribe in addition, to other VPN services, requiring the installation of an additional software: a VPN client.

We stopped that type of service a while ago when such weaknesses surfaced.  However, many players in the space continue to proposes ‘proxy-like’ features advertised as VPNs, while not offering true VPN protection.

Leveraging open-source, with the power of Open VPN and a great partnership (don’t want to promote another solution and took out the links), we have built a powerful and multi-faceted privacy took that combines the utility of a browser with the protection of a VPN.

In addition to standard private browsing features, UR Browser now offers the same level of protection as other stand-alone VPN clients. And as usual, we’ve made it extremely simple to use so that not only tech savvy users can benefit from it.

If this solution is appealing to you, check it out now ! (currently available only for Windows)

2019: Let the real privacy battle begin!

Still in beta but improving rapidly, here are some key updates you can expect from UR in 2019:

  • The latest Chromium patches (on Windows, and as soon as possible on Mac too)
  • Upgraded privacy and anti-tracking features
  • An improved browser anti-fingerprinting technology (more on browser anti-fingerprinting here)
  • A bunch of under-the-hood and functional fixes (for example online streaming services and translations services had been disabled due to privacy concerns, now will become optional)
  • A VPN build for Mac
  • New features like secure account synchronization, improved bookmarks and offline web content management
  • Integrated private Search engine

We are considering opening our source code too while mobile and Linux versions are in planning as well, and should go into development later this year.

These are some of our resolutions for 2019, wish us good luck to achieve the most!

 

 

May you have a happy, successful and more private year!

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We should all be aware by now that 2018 was a watershed year for digital privacy and data protection, marked by one Facebook or Google scandal after another.

Leading with Facebook Cambridge Analytica fiasco, Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony, a massive hack, and revelations of corporate smear campaigns were only the tip of the iceberg. (Refer also to: A bug may have exposed the unposted Facebook photos of millions ; Facebook is using your two-factor-authentication phone number to target ads ; Facebook has been collecting call history and SMS data from Android usersUK Parliament publishes Facebook secret documents showing ‘whitelisting’ firms in return for access to data)

The Facebook privacy issues revealed last year should not overshadow other important revelations like: Strava’s heat map exposing military locations; The giant Marriott hack or Google’s already obsolete Google+ bug that may have exposed private data from millions to its third-party apps;

It’s important to acknowledge the above and understand that some tech companies, and unfortunately some of the most trusted ones, not only harvest gazillions of users’ data but also employ flawed systems to use, share and profit from it. The zenith of privacy invasion played out in a report that alleged both Facebook and Google partnered with banks and bought financial data in secret, trying to get access to yet another sensitive category of private user information.

The aforementioned tech companies, and many other less well known, put their profits before your privacy, and actually built business models that demanded it. In addition, there is nothing FREE and we the users are often the product being monetized.  By itself there is nothing wrong with a consumer getting a free service and enabling profit for the service provider through some element of behavior and/or identity, as long as the profiting entity makes disclosures around business practice, doesn’t abuse the user’s trust by violating their own terms, and has no hidden tradeoffs that a user only finds out about after the fact.

So, what is next for 2019? It could continue with other giants like Microsoft, Amazon or Apple, especially with the latest digital assistant trend, but at this point it would only be speculation.

In any case, we should keep protecting our devices and be aware of which free or paid services we use. Put simply, we must be aware of and take action around our own digital identity.

To that end, great things happened as well, in the context of privacy, during 2018. Moreover, we salute and support initiatives like Europe’s GDPR law, trying to get back more privacy for consumers, but currently far from perfect in practice. It is still worth supporting and following how it will succeed in combating the most sophisticated tracking methods, like browser fingerprinting. Besides the European Union, many publications and organizations, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, started drawing attention to the ways Google, who owns the most used browser and largest tracking network in the world, uses its power to protect its own interests rather than protecting its users.

 

The good and the bad around privacy, in 2018, further validated the need for privacy awareness and tools, therefore fueling our conviction around UR Browser, including the addition of more simple-to-use privacy features.

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