Vivaldi browser can now block cookie pop-ups, Google’s FLoC
Chromium based Vivaldi browser announced new updates for its desktop and Android apps. The new Vivaldi 3.8 brings several privacy improvements and other new features. Most notably, the latest update allows you to bypass those annoying cookie dialogs and banners that pop up every time you visit a new website. Vivaldi calls this feature Cookie Crumbler and it is designed to “save time and unnecessary clicks so that you can continue what you came for: browsing”.
Vivaldi browser can now block cookie consent pop-ups
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives users more control over how a website can track their browsing activity using cookies. However, as Vivaldi points out, many websites now require users to “click multiple steps” to manage their cookie preferences before they can access a web page.
There may be “hidden options or a dialog on every page” which makes for a frustrating browsing experience. Some websites may not even work without accepting the cookie dialog. “This leads to clicking ‘Allow’ or ‘Accept’ without realizing that you just unintentionally allowed trackers to create behavioral profiles about you.”
With the Cookie Crumbler feature on Vivaldi 3.8, you will not encounter these “disturbing dialogues” and will enjoy faster browsing. The feature uses the browser’s built-in ad and tracking blocker and is based on two third-party block lists – EasyList Cookie List and I Don’t Care About Cookies.
You can enable Cookie Crumbler on the Vivaldi browser by going to Settings >> Privacy >> Ad Tracker & Blocking >> Manage Sources >> Ad Blocking Sources and selecting the two “Suppress Cookie Warnings” lists. This would block the service requesting the cookie’s consent or hide the consent pop-up window.
Vivaldi says Cookie Crumbler works on most websites. However, a few websites might still use other tactics to obtain cookie consent. Additionally, “blocking cookie consent dialogs may not have the same result as rejecting all cookies on some websites,” the company notes.
Another major downside to using Cookie Crumbler is. Some websites may not function properly because they require cookie consent for certain functionality. This may be the reason why Vivaldi does not enable the feature by default. You can just lose access to some websites and that’s not what a web browser is supposed to do. The company suggests that you turn off the ad blocker on these sites to disable the Crumbler cookie.
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There are more privacy features on Vivaldi 3.8
Vivaldi 3.8 also removes the Google FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts) cookie alternative. This “privacy invasive” technology creates profiles and tracks your online activities in the absence of third-party cookies. FLoC is integrated into web browsers. Google has enabled FLoC support by default in all Chromium-based browsers.
However, despite being a Chromium-based browser, Vivaldi never enabled the FLoC component in their browser. Now with the latest update it has completely blacklisted the FLoC component. It will not be downloaded from Vivaldi 3.8 and will also be removed from previous versions that might have downloaded it.
Redesigned signs, stylish icons and more
Vivaldi isn’t just focusing on privacy features with the latest update. The new version also introduces a redesign of the panel design with new stylish icons and a borderless design that make the browser “visually stunning”.
You can now set the opacity of the panel background, turn panel background blur on or off, and make the tab bar transparent. This redesign also moves the background settings from the start page to the Themes category. Vivaldi says it makes it easier to find a background image that matches your current theme.
Vivaldi 3.8 also adds a shortcut to quickly mark a page – CTRL / CMD + D. It instantly marks the page without opening the dialog box. Click the Bookmark button in the address bar to open the dialog box and you will also see new features there. You can now filter between standard and speed dial bookmark folders, search for an existing bookmark folder, or view a tree view of all folders.
The latest update also allows users to disable mouse gestures, just like keyboard shortcuts. Quick commands also let you open plugin pop-ups, show plugin menus, and open tabs outside of stacks. Vivaldi 3.8 also introduces many other minor changes and improvements. You can see the full changelog here.
Download the latest version of Vivaldi browser from Google play store.