The core of your favourite browser, URBrowser, has just been updated to Chromium 61. Continue reading
In June 2016, we released UR in an open beta. Nearly ten different countries, in Europe and South America, spread the word about the small and determined team behind UR that wanted to go up against the internet giants.
We began to receive lots of feedback via email, social media and in person. Many of you expressed the unsettling feelings you had in trusting your data with the giant corporations that dominate the internet ecosystem.
Since last June, we have listened to feedback, re-evaluated the market and trusted our gut. One thing is for certain: you, internet users, are very concerned about privacy and security. So are we.
With several features already in place focused on these concerns (Shield, VPN, AdControl), we made the decision to further develop these features and create new ones to keep your data safe and private.
And so, less than a year later, UR has reached one million downloads! There is still work to be done, but as we continue on this path, we know it’s the right one. Our focus is, and always will be, giving you the right to control your data online.
We have a large update coming soon that will give you even more tools to control how your data is (or isn’t!) used online. Everyone at UR thanks you for your continued support!
Download the UR beta to protect your data and to support us!
We told our beta testers back in January that we were shifting the focus of UR and concentrating on privacy and security features.
Our goal is to build a web browser that gives you easy-to-use tools to protect your privacy and keep your data safe.
This beta version is a big step forward in our vision of a browser built to protect users. More to come in the near future!
Please uninstall your current version of UR and re-install this one.
• Qwant as default search provider
• All reporting to Google’s servers has been removed
• Third party cookies blocked
• Built-in ad blocker and VPN (500Mb free/month)
• Privacy settings by default
• Virus scanner
• Alerts for suspicious websites
• Doubled RSA key encryption
For the nerds: check out the exhaustive list of privacy features.
Test UR for its privacy features!
• Panopticlick is website run by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that shows you how safe (or unsafe!) your browser is against tracking. See how UR stacks up and share it!
Join the beta newsletter here: https://www.ur-browser.com/en-US/Press
This beta is filled with tons of privacy improvements and security upgrades. This update effectively cuts off all third-party tracking and reporting to Google that is native to Chromium.
To get the new beta, please uninstall your current version of UR and download the new beta from the website. (PC only – Mac version coming soon!)
Quick backstory: Google created Chromium, an open source browser project. Lots of browsers are built with this code because it’s very secure and frequently updated with security patches.
There’s a catch, though…Chromium began as an open source browser project within Google (this code is also behind many other browsers: Chrome, Opera, Yandex and more). Because of this, there are lots of built-in features, monitors and services that report back about you’re doing and where you are—and often. Your browsing data can then be used to serve you more targeted ads and to track you as you surf the web.
In this update, UR has cut out all tracking and reporting so you can enjoy a secure browser all the while protecting your privacy. Generally, browsers “out-of-the-box” purposely leave reporting on by default. UR has made privacy the default mode—anything that could compromise your privacy is disabled by default. You can, of course, change this in the Settings.
See the exhaustive list here.
UR is based on Chromium, a secure and continually-updated code that we know well. However, it calls home to Google a bit too much for our liking. We’ve fixed that!
Here is the exhaustive list of modifications we have made to Chromium to protect your privacy while you browse:
This post will be updated to reflect the current development of UR.
+ Lots of bug fixes
UR should roll out the beta updates automatically, but if you want to be sure to have it, uninstall your current version and go to the website to re-download the beta.
Welcome to UR Blog! First of all, thanks to all of you who have already downloaded UR.
We’re thrilled you’re accompaning us in the next step in our evolution: a web browser focused on user privacy and security.
The blog will give us a place to share tips and tutorials, comment on news that concerns our users, and give you a behind-the-scenes of life in The Hive.
Posts will be written in French and English.
Thanks for your continued support, see you soon on the blog!