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CLIQZ, a web browser with integrated tracking protection

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CLIQZ GmbH is a start-up based in Munich, Germany, developing the web browser Cliqz.

 

Cliqz focuses on two things:

  1. An integrated "advanced" tracking protection feature which rewrites "unsafe" tracking links to fixed fake ones.
    If you are using CLIQZ, your tracking data would be mixed with those of other users, making it harder to identify you as a specific user with a specific profile.
  2. A revamped search feature powered by Human Web, a web index by CLIQZ to which other users passively contributed.
    In short, they seem to have edited the relevancy calculation a bit so that the ways how users interact with the search results are more important than technical things like links.
  3. It can redirect your search queries through CLIQZ' proxy servers. Their location is not documented.

Some thoughts:

1. and 3. can easily be integrated into the regular Firefox as well via extensions, so it's not that new.

2. might be interesting, but building a search index the way they do it requires data from users. Besides, it directs the search query to another search engine if the user couldn't find what he was looking for.

They added an about:transparency page which lists all the data your usage of the browser generated. But they completely removed addon support for security reasons, so you can't install things like NoScript which, ironically, would contribute to your security..

 

Cliqz can be downloaded from its website. Current version is 1.0.2 based on FF 44.0.2 (as of post date, not edit date).

 

Update: Mozilla officially announced a strategic investment into Cliqz GmbH, the developer of the browser CLIQZ.

Edited ... by giganerd

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Update: Mozilla officially announced a strategic investment into Cliqz GmbH, the developer of the browser CLIQZ. (german resource)

 

It's also a Firefox addon.


» I am not an AirVPN team member. All opinions are my own and are not to be considered official. Only the AirVPN Staff account should be viewed as such.

» The forums is a place where you can ask questions to the community. You are not entitled to guaranteed answer times. Answer quality may vary, too. If you need professional support, please create tickets.

» If you're new, take some time to read LZ1's New User Guide to AirVPN. On questions, use the search function first. On errors, search for the error message instead.

» If you choose to create a new thread, keep in mind that we don't know your setup. Give info about it. Never forget the OpenVPN logs or, for Eddie, the support file (Logs > lifebelt icon).

» The community kindly asks you to not set up Tor exit relays when connected to AirVPN. Their IP addresses are subject to restrictions and these are relayed to all users of the affected servers.

 

» Furthermore, I propose that your paranoia is to be destroyed. If you overdo privacy, chances are you will be unique amond the mass again.

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