Vivaldi is a cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies, founded by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita.
While Vivaldi browser is fast and secure, it also allow users to block ads and trackers with unique privacy features; now the company has released version 3.0 of its eponymous browser, with the integration of tracker radar.
Tracker Radar, which is DuckDuckGo's best-in-class dataset on web trackers, automatically generated and maintained with continuous crawling and analysis was recently open-sourced and made available for public use.
How the Open Source Tracker Radar works
Tracker Radar works by exposing the existing lists of web trackers, with previously crowd-sourced lists as often untested, stale, and capable of breaking most websites. The new open source tool will enable developers to build seamless tracker protection into their various applications.
As the Web is increasingly rife with trackers which follow users every where they go, which is against their privacy, and often serves the purpose of ads targeting.
DuckDuckGo has successfully used tracker radar for seamless search and browsing privately across all of its services, with effective tracker blocking, private search, and upgraded website encryption available in one package.
How Tracker radar will ensure anti-tracking experience for Vivaldi's browser
Vivaldi has turned to DuckDuckGo's Tracker Radar technology, as the search company is better known for its search engine privacy. That is based on its own open-source data set, which will now be used to generate Vivaldi's own tracker blocklist.
The ad blocker feature built into Vivaldi 3.0 can be managed from the Preference's Settings in Windows, and navigating to "Privacy" pane by choosing any of three levels: no blocking, tracker blocking only, or ad and tracker blocking; with exceptions for whitelisted individual websites.
Albeit, Vivaldi's anti-tracking and ad blocker tools doesn't quite measure up to competitors, like Firefox and Microsoft Edge, which provide far better privacy and flexibility. But it's good to note that the next front line in the browser wars is perhaps on their concern for users' privacy.