The startup formed in 2016 from the Opera circle around the former CEO Jon von Tetzchner has released his browser Vivaldi in version 2.6. With this, the developers are introducing the blocking of abusive advertising for the first time. In addition, the user profiles have been revised.
Block unwanted ads
The new feature is designed to block ads that the system has identified as “abusive technologies” or that have been purposely designed to be misleading or obtrusive.
The list of listed items is varied:
- fake news
- Chat simulations
- unrecognizable click areas (along with transparent backgrounds)
- misleading behavior (close buttons and navigation links leading to an ad)
- Manipulation of the browser history
- Social engineering (phishing and other misleading websites)
- automatic redirects
- Malware or unwanted software
A block-list hosted by Google for Chrome, but activated by default but hosted on end-to-end encrypted Vivaldi servers, is designed to provide additional security. If desired, this can be deactivated in the settings. The new feature also complements the private browser mode, which prevents websites from storing cookies and personal information files.
User profiles revised
The developers also revised the user profiles, which are now easier to organize. In the new version, avatars can be updated or edited more easily via a pop-up window. Adding or deleting users is now easy to do in the same way.
Passwords easier to find
The handling of passwords has also been improved, which can now be filtered for specific entries. This can make finding passwords much easier, especially for long lists.
Numerous other improvements
In addition to the usual security updates and performance improvements, Vivaldi 2.6 includes many minor improvements, including the “Find in Page” search feature, which aims to provide faster results when searching long texts on web pages. In addition, the magnifying glass now displays the favicon of the currently active search engine on the search field. The Razer Chroma integration introduced with the previous version was also expanded to include headphones.
Vivaldi is a browser based on Chromium, developed by former Opera employees.
- Version 2.6 Update 1 German