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Introducing The Privacy Suite

With 3 Levels of Privacy To Protect You

We are pleased to introduce the Privacy Suite, a built-in tool that lets you easily control your level of privacy, site by site.

high privacy level in privacy suite

In High Privacy, UR turns black and you can browse online without traces.

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Ninja Mode: Private + Normal Tabs, All in The Same Window

>> Version 55.1.2883.X (PC/Mac) <<

Privacy improvements

  • Websites forced to use HTTPS where possible
  • Search bar suggestions removed
  • History and cookie import from previous browsers removed

Advanced Privacy Mode

  • Ninja Mode (private browsing) now lets you have Ninja tabs next to normal tabs
  • Websites you often visit in Ninja Mode can be added to the Ninja List
  • Any website in the Ninja List will automatically load in Ninja Mode, so no search or browsing history is saved
  • UR logo and Ninja tab turn black for easy recognition

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UR Reaches 1M Downloads

Less than a year after our beta release, we are thrilled to announce that UR has been downloaded more than one million times!

UR team celebrates 1 million downloads!

The UR Team and Nounours (Teddy) celebrate 1 million downloads at our Paris headquarters.

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.

You deserve to tell your story. Not your data.

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!

Privacy Update Now on Mac

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Mac update! 🍎

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!

>> Version 55.1.2883.X (PC/Mac)

Please uninstall your current version of UR and re-install this one.

Privacy Features
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

Security Features
• 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!

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Big Privacy Update

Version 55.1.2883.X. (PC)

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.

New features in this beta:

  • Third-party cookies blocked by default
  • Site data (cookies, local storage, etc.) only kept until exit, by default
  • Passwords not stored by default
  • Autocomplete prediction service disabled
  • RSA keysize increased to 2048 bits for self-signed certificates
  • Qwant is now our default search provider
  • Always send “Do-Not-Track” header

See the exhaustive list here.

 

Exhaustive List of Privacy Features in UR

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:

Privacy improvements

  • Block third-party cookies by default
  • Passwords not stored by default
  • Site data (cookies, local storage, etc.) only kept until exit, by default
  • Disable autocomplete prediction service when typing in Omnibox
  • Always send “Do-Not-Track” header
  • Disable “Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors”
  • Disable by default Network/DNS prediction
  • Disable by default input form autofill
  • For IPv6 probes, use a DNS root server instead of Google
  • Disable cookies for Safe Browsing background requests
  • Disable autofill download service
  • Disable the battery status API

Other privacy features

  • Qwant is default search provider
  • Let user confirm downloading translation dictionaries from Google
  • Don’t ask to send settings to Google by default on profile reset

Other disabled features

  • Disable background mode
  • Disable EV certificates, so they are shown just like “normal” certificates
  • Disable Google cloud printing
  • Disable Google hot word detection
  • Disable Google experiments status check
  • Disable Google translation service
  • Disable Google promotion fetching
  • Disable Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) status check
  • Disable Google Now
  • Disable automatic update check
  • Disable profile-import on first run

Networking Changes

  • Link auditing (<a ping=”…”>) disabled by default
  • Network/DNS prediction disabled by default

Security Improvements:

  • RSA keysize doubled to 2048 bits

 

This post will be updated to reflect the current development of UR. 

Update: Homescreen, Qwant & News

Beta 51.1.2704.52

Homescreen:

  • Updated UI: minimalist theme, easier to navigate
  • Sidebar replaced with buttons in upper right corner
  • News widget redesigned—now with infinite scrolling!
  • Customization widget now lets you change wallpapers without going to the full catalog

News:

  • UR News page is now live—the news widget on the Homescreen pulls stories from here. All news agencies have been screened, and the news only comes from reputable sources (BBC, Agence France Presse, Reuters and more).

Search:

  • Qwant is now the default search engine—another company that respects user privacy!

Downloader:

  • You can now see where your downloads are located – simply click on the folder icon.

+ 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.

Got a problem? Contact us in our beta tester group, on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

Welcome to UR Blog

Hello everyone,

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!

/UR Team

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