9to5 Google: Firefox now automatically removes tracking parameters from URLs to enhance privacy

9to5 Google: Firefox now automatically removes tracking parameters from URLs to enhance privacy. “According to an article from Bleeping Computer, companies like Facebook, Marketo, and HubSpot use custom URL query parameters to track links on clicks. Companies do this in order to provide users with a more personalized ad experience online. Called Query Parameter Stripping, these sites can no longer track what links you click when browsing on Firefox; once you’ve enabled the feature.”

Hongkiat: 10 Best Web Highlighters for Desktop in 2022

Hongkiat: 10 Best Web Highlighters for Desktop in 2022. “Have you used any web highlighters? It helps us improve our productivity by copying and pasting important texts you’ve found online automatically, saving good articles in your directory, and highlighting important sentences on articles so that you can remember them when looking back. In this article, I’ll introduce you to 10 useful web highlighters for the desktop.”

Ars Technica: Some top 100,000 websites collect everything you type—before you hit submit

Ars Technica: Some top 100,000 websites collect everything you type—before you hit submit. “Researchers from KU Leuven, Radboud University, and University of Lausanne crawled and analyzed the top 100,000 websites, looking at scenarios in which a user is visiting a site while in the European Union and visiting a site from the United States. They found that 1,844 websites gathered an EU user’s email address without their consent, and a staggering 2,950 logged a US user’s email in some form. Many of the sites seemingly do not intend to conduct the data-logging but incorporate third-party marketing and analytics services that cause the behavior.”

The Verge: Brave is bypassing Google AMP pages because they’re ‘harmful to users’

The Verge: Brave is bypassing Google AMP pages because they’re ‘harmful to users’. “Brave announced a new feature for its browser on Tuesday: De-AMP, which automatically jumps past any page rendered with Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages framework and instead takes users straight to the original website…. Brave framed De-AMP as a privacy feature and didn’t mince words about its stance toward Google’s version of the web.”

Gizmodo: The Hidden Hack for Super-Speedy Web Browsing

Gizmodo: The Hidden Hack for Super-Speedy Web Browsing. “Chances are you spend a lot of time in a web browser every day—so anything you can do to speed up the way you get around the internet is going to make a significant difference to your productivity levels (and give you extra time to do something more exciting). Yes, even on the best web browsers. Here’s one such hack you might not have tried yet: Mouse gestures.”

ZDNet: What’s the most popular web browser in 2022?

ZDNet: What’s the most popular web browser in 2022?. “Historically, it’s been challenging to get hard data on which browsers really were the most popular web browsers. True, many companies claimed to have good numbers, such as NetMarketShare and StatCounter, but their numbers are massaged. The US federal government’s Digital Analytics Program (DAP), however, gives us a running count of the last 90 days of US government website visits. That doesn’t tell us much about global web browser use, but it’s the best information we have about American web browser users today.”

CNET: 6 Browser Extensions to Help You Surf the Internet Privately

CNET: 6 Browser Extensions to Help You Surf the Internet Privately . “According to CISA, updating your web browser, as well as your devices and applications, is a good step to protecting your data and privacy. We regularly recommend improving your overall privacy by trying out a security-focused browser like Brave, or updating your current browser’s security settings to tighten up your control over how much of your data is collected. You can further protect yourself online by using a security-focused browser add-on. Here are six browser extensions to help you stay safe online.”

MakeUseOf: These 4 Chrome Extensions Let You Browse With Your Voice

MakeUseOf: These 4 Chrome Extensions Let You Browse With Your Voice. “Google has a huge range of impressive accessibility functions baked into its Chrome browser by default. But if you’re the type of person who struggles with extended typing and clicking, or just prefers to use their voice, then you might find the browser a little wanting. Luckily, the Chrome Web Store has an incredible slew of extensions you can use to adjust just about any part of your browsing experience.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Wikipedia Apps to Discover Interesting Articles and Browse Wikipedia Better

MakeUseOf: 5 Wikipedia Apps to Discover Interesting Articles and Browse Wikipedia Better. “Wikipedia is one of the greatest free resources on the internet, with almost 6.5 million articles in the English version alone. But too often, we only use the website to search for something, rather than simply browsing it to learn about new things. These apps try to give you ways to browse Wikipedia and discover articles in new ways.”

Hackaday: Hack The Web Without A Browser

New-to-me, from Hackaday: Hack The Web Without A Browser. “It is a classic problem. You want data for use in your program but it is on a webpage. Some websites have an API, of course, but usually, you are on your own. You can load the whole page via HTTP and parse it. Or you can use some tools to ‘scrape’ the site. One interesting way to do this is woob — web outside of browsers. The system uses a series of backends tailored at particular sites.”

How to Access Websites That Won’t Load: 5 Methods to Try (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: How to Access Websites That Won’t Load: 5 Methods to Try. “Have you ever clicked on a link or bookmark and instead seen an error page? It can be extremely frustrating when a site won’t load, so is there a trick you can use to access a busy website with heavy traffic? Do you know how to open a crashed website? What if it contains blocked content? Fortunately, there are a few ways to access web pages that won’t otherwise load.”

Engadget: DuckDuckGo offers a first look at its desktop web browser

Engadget: DuckDuckGo offers a first look at its desktop web browser. “DuckDuckGo has offered an early peek at its upcoming desktop app. In a blog post that recaps the company’s year, CEO Gabriel Weinberg looked toward the future as well. He said DuckDuckGo will bring the privacy protections the company is known for to the app. You can expect the speed and simplicity of its mobile app too.”

Mozilla Blog: Get where you’re going faster, with Firefox Suggest

Mozilla Blog: Get where you’re going faster, with Firefox Suggest. “Firefox already helps people search their browsing history and tabs and use their preferred search engine directly from Firefox’s Awesome Bar. Firefox Suggest will enhance this by including other sources of information such as Wikipedia, Pocket articles, reviews and credible content from sponsored, vetted partners and trusted organizations.”

The Next Web: This site perfectly encapsulates the horrors of today’s internet

The Next Web: This site perfectly encapsulates the horrors of today’s internet. “Surfing the web isn’t what it used to be. The halcyon era of peaceful browsing on clean sites is now a distant memory. Today’s internet is a digital hellscape of pop-up ads, notification prompts, and paywall blocks.” Halcyon era? I’m remembering the time of “punch the monkey” banner ads and just howling. The recent quiet browsing wasn’t halcyon, it was an intermission until people decided to start squeezing more money of their audiences again.