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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. 

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