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Pirate Bay Now Mines Cryptocurrency in Your Browser Without Consent

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. A few weeks ago, The Pirate Bay was in the news for its test-drive of a new revenue model–cryptocurrency mining in your browser. At the time, the site only implemented the mining on its main page and search results; individual torrent links were not affected. Now, TPB has turned the capability back on, and plans to leave it on for the foreseeable future. Torrentfreak reports the miner appears to be throttled, so it won’t peg your ...

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Tor Amps Up Its Mobile Browser Support

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. For the past 11 years, the Tor Project has focused on offering a secure browser that prevents websites or censors from determining what content you browse or how you use the internet. The system has never been perfect (no form of computer security is), but it’s still a critical way that end users in the Global South (developing countries) can bypass attempts to censor the Internet and access the “full” version. Now, Tor is expanding ...

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Your browser history is for sale, here's what you need to know

What to know about Internet privacy changes It’s official: Your browsing history can be sold to advertisers. President Trump on Monday signed a measure reversing rules that would have required internet providers to get consent before selling your browsing history. The rules had not yet gone into effect, but providers now find themselves with new freedom when it comes to collecting and selling their customers’ data. What does that mean for you? What identifying information do they have? Internet providers already collect a lot of information that’s necessary to maintain ...

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Microsoft starts showing ads for Edge browser in Windows 10

Microsoft drew the ire of users earlier this year with its increasingly desperate attempts to get users to upgrade to Windows 10. Regardless of whether or not the new OS is an improvement, people don’t like their computers to get so pushy. It seems that Microsoft has not learned its lesson, and is now pushing what are essentially ads for its browser to some Windows users. That’s not gonna fly with people. Microsoft’s Edge browser is the replacement for Internet Explorer, but it was a bit of a mess when ...

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Netflix only streams 1080p to a PC if you’re using a Microsoft browser

Earlier this week, Microsoft released a blog post claiming that its own browser, Microsoft Edge, was the only option for streaming Netflix in 1080p on your PC. Websites set out to fact-check this claim for themselves, and found it true. According to PC World, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera all cap at 720p in the real world while only Edge can stream up to 1080p. Netflix won’t stream 4K to any PC, even if you have a gigabit fiber connection and a 10-core CPU + GTX 1080 to decode it with. ...

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Google is testing a Chrome browser that adds post-quantum encryption

In a truly forward-thinking move, Google is getting serious about the effort to future-proof internet security: user’s of the tech giant’s test-phase browser, Chrome Canary, can start testing a so-called post-quantum cryptographic technology aimed at making users immune from next-next-generation cryptographic attacks. It might not be necessary right now — though then again, it also might be. Even if it is just an attempt to head off the future, it’s an important attempt, with potentially big implications. The issue here is key exchange. It’s very easy to design an algorithm ...

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Chinese group offers $1.2 billion for Opera browser

Remember the Opera browser? A group of Chinese investors has offered to buy it for $ 1.2 billion. Opera Software (OPESF) said the consortium consists of Chinese Internet firms Kunlun and Qihoo (QIHU), backed by two Chinese private equity funds. The Norway-based company claims to have more than 350 million users for browsing and mobile advertising. It said the takeover would allow gaming firm Kunlun and mobile advertising firm Qihoo to sell their products and services to Opera’s user base. The Opera browser launched 20 years ago, at time when ...

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