What Is a Branded Browser?
To earn a branded browser, a company takes an already existing browser (Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Chromium or Chrome) and makes some insignificant modifications to it. They can change a logo, rename a couple of menu options or add extensions, search boxes or advertising spots.
An example of a branded browser is the Russian government’s”Sputnik-Browser,”built upon Firefox and based on the government-owned”Sputnik” search engine.
The browser provides features like blocking”unnecessary articles,” protecting children with”parent management,” cutting out”the most annoying and awful ads,” and so on. Also, you can access local government’s official pages, get access to local government services’ phone numbers and maps.
The Sputnik Browser includes a feature for parents called”online scoring.” It works through”dnevnik.ru” (dnevnik means journal in Russian), an internet school evaluations service and bitcoincasinoreview.info. Parents can watch their children are doing by means of this extension in the school right from workplace or their homebitcoinrush bitcoin casino browser is for Windows, Android and iOS and won’t work on Linux-based OS. In the future, developers promise login system that is united and Synchronization Feature.
Porn, Tits and Schoolgirls
“It is very important for us when typing’schoolgirl’ in the search box to discover women in accurate dresses and white aprons, but not something different,” says Rostelecom Vice President Alexey Basov when asked about the government-curated Sputnik search engine.
Users appeared to test this content was filtered out by the search engine. Statistics show that keywords searched on Sputnik during May 29, 2015 may was”Tits” and”Porn.” On the same day, Yandex statistics showed”odnoklassniki” and ???vk.com” (popular Russian social networks) phrases as a primary search requests. This means most of users used the Sputnik search engine to search that it blocks, which brings its purpose of censorship into question.
Since Sputnik’s launch May 22, 2015 its user count dropped by six times7bit site On May 22, it was at about 141.8 million users, but by May 27, just 23.6 million searches went through the browser.
Yandex Branded Browser
The Yandex email service is scary to use because of context advertising right in the mailbox and a standard”we will disclose your info to the government” license agreement.
Yandex is a tiny Russian version of Google, with surveillance. The feature is enabled in the browser through a so-called”smart address line,” which sends any input to Yandex servers for”analyzing.”
Yandex is a closed source project, based on a few other open source projects and Chromium source code. It has a list of tools for comfort browsing, and it might be a tool for work if you think you don’t need privacy. For example, foreign journalists may use this search engine as a compass for Russian”pop” sections of the Internet.
There are plenty of similar products made by webmasters from all around Russia, both for private and government businesses, to spy on users and make some profit. When you see their products avoid using them and do not let anybody know what do you do on the net. Government applications is the most dangerous because it records everything.
Corporate software makes no difference, because it doesn’t have any strong encryption and all the personal user data could be intercepted directly by anyone (including the hackers) or by petition.
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