Vivaldi, the web browser for power users, has moved to the 2.0 level with a faster, sleeker version that now includes synchronisation between computers. Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner, who co-founded both Vivaldi and Opera, told ZDNet that sync was the feature most frequently requested by users of earlier versions. Its inclusion should prompt more people to try Vivaldi, particularly Google Chrome users with privacy concerns. Vivaldi is based on open source Chromium code, so it renders sites like Chrome, but without Google’s proprietary additions. Many of the improvements in Vivaldi 2.0 are, in von Tetzchner’s phrase, “under the hood”. Some of these have provided dramatically faster start-up times for long-term users like me. “Sync is a major feature for us,” said von Tetzchner, adding that it meant building servers as well as writing client code. “We sync more than Chrome, and we provide end-to-end encryption,” he said. Vivaldi 2.0 includes the options to synchronize bookmarks and speed dial entries, passwords, auto-complete data, typed history, extensions and notes (except attachments). I ran sync using a free Vivaldi.net account and the system strongly encouraged me to create a new password for the synchronization instead of leaving that entry blank. I asked von Tetzchner why. He said the first password logged me on to the Vivaldi server while the second was used only for encryption. “We don’t want to be able to read any of your data.” He added: “we don’t collect any information about what you do, and we’re not trying… [Read full story]
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