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PortableApps.com releases Private Browsing enhancement for Portable Firefox

PortableApps.com has posted a new remix of Portable Firefox that includes additional privacy enhancements out-of-the-box. Simply called Private Browsing, the app includes a pair of pre-installed privacy add-ons -- AdBlock Plus and Flashblock. AdBlock is pre-subscribed to the EasyPrivacy list. As for the browser itself, the PortableApps crew have disabled features like persistent cookies, browsing...

Sleipnir Web browser for iOS brings tabbed browsing, bookmark sync

If you're on the hunt for a Web browser for your iPhone or iPad with a few additional features, Fenrir -- the company that develops the Sleipnir browser for Windows -- has its first mobile version for iOS [App Store link]. Sleipnir's most interesting feature is its rich tabbed browsing support. In addition to a thumbnailed tab strip along the bottom edge of the browser window (which only...

Browser Plus for Windows Phone 7 has tab support and incognito mode

Browser Plus is a new application for Windows Phone 7 devices that brings tabbed browsing support and an incognito mode to Microsoft's Internet Explorer for WP7. This is not a new browser, mind you -- it uses IE's rendering engine and adds new features to it. Tabs work exactly as you'd expect, and the tab bar is located between the address bar and the rendered page. Adding or closing a tab is...

evercookie: the one cookie that you... just... can't... DELETE!

Limping and dripping from the maws of incorrigible security bod Samy Kamkar comes evercookie. As the name suggests, deleting an evercookie isn't easy -- in fact, once you've taken a nibble, that's it: you can't delete it. Of course, no benevolent person would ever use evercookie -- you'd have to be a nefarious money-grabbing megalomaniac! -- but the sheer number of clever hacks, cheap tricks...

Finally, a reputable study from Mozilla highlights our Firefox porn-surfing habits

A recent Mozilla Test Pilot study has shone light on an uncomfortable truth: people are using their lunch breaks to masturbate. Entitled "Understanding Private Browsing," the findings are remarkably clear; there are four very well-defined peaks in our Private Browsing habits, and most of our Private Browsing "sessions" are around 10 minutes long. Those four peaks are lunch break, after...

Three simple ways to watch YouTube (and other) videos with no distractions

It turns out people don't like clutter. Surprise! Not that YouTube's interface is all that cluttered, but sometimes I just want to watch my video without having to see it in full screen. Well, it turns out that there's a whole genre of websites which specialize in removing all the crud and leaving the video: in other words, they generate spartan pages with your video embedded right into them, on...

Mozilla bolting Tab Candy on to Firefox 4 today

Aza Raskin's Tab Candy is one of the slickest additions to Firefox we've seen in quite some time -- you may remember Erez stating that it's going to revolutionize tabbed browsing. Mozilla's certainly excited about the project, and they had previously announced that it would be added to the Firefox 4 code at some point in the future. Today's the day, according to a tweet from Mozilla's Mike...

Autonito opens websites you specify in Google Chrome's Incognito mode -- automatically!

Having a private browsing mode built in to your browser -- like Incognito in Google Chrome -- can be incredibly handy. I used it as a way to log in to multiple Gmail accounts prior to Google enabling that feature natively. It's useful for hiding local traces of your browsing activities, of course. Once in a while, however, you (like me) may find yourself accidentally typing one of your...

Was Internet Explorer nearly the only major browser with always-on privacy features?

You're probably aware of the fact that Internet Explorer 8 features InPrivate for privacy-enhanced web browsing. It's become a standard feature in modern web browsers, after all. What you might not know, however, is that there was intense debate at Microsoft prior to the release of IE8 -- about whether or not to make private browsing the default. In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Nick...

How to force your web browser to start in private browsing mode

Just about every major browser now includes a private browsing (yes, yes..."Porn") mode. What you might not have known is that you can force your browser to go straight into private browsing mode when you launch it. It's as easy as adding a simple command line switch. Not sure how to add a command line switch? It's simple. On Windows, just find the shortcut for your browser and...

Orbot offers anonymous browsing on Android, via Tor

Android users have been able to browse anonymously using the Tor proxy network for some time, thanks to a University of Cambridge project called Shadow that we reported on late last year. Now The Tor Project itself has released an official Android client called Orbot, which should bring anonymous mobile browsing further into the mainstream. It's not available in the Android Market just yet, but...

Coming soon to Google Chrome: use your extensions in Incognito mode!

Google Chrome's Incognito mode is a handy way to browse without leaving unwanted traces of your activitybehind. It comes with some minor sacrifices, of course -- your theme doesn't display and your extensions don't work, for example. At least your extensions don't work for now. Soon enough you'll have the ability to specify which extensions you want Google Chrome to allow while you browse...

x.minutes.at: make a time-limited visit to any website

We've all said this to ourselves at one time or another: "Oh, I'll just read Wikipedia for another 15 minutes, then I'm going to do my work." Then two hours pass, but the work remains unfinished. Oops! x.minutes.at is a site that lets you keep those promises to yourself, through the magic of technology. By magic, I mean that the site you're viewing automatically closes after a specified time...

BarTap for Firefox keeps background tabs from loading until you use them

Have a bad habit of overwhelming Firefox with a few dozen too many tabs? You might want to check out the clever-yet-simple BarTap add-on. Here's what it does. When you click on a link you've chosen to open in a new tab, Firefox normally loads the page content immediately. BarTap keeps an eye on these actions, and intervenes when it sees a new tab appear. It prevents Firefox from loading any...

10+ great tools for safer web browsing

Today is Safer Internet Day, an annual event coordinated by the folks at InSafe -- who are all about promoting responsible Internet use. We've covered a number of great tools in the past that have the same aim, so what better day to take another look at them? Web Of Trust (WOT, Pictured) WOT is a community-powered trust and ratings system. With nearly 26 million sites rated to date, it's one...