For browsers, we’ve always used more than one. Recently we’ve been getting more familiar with Vivaldi. It was named after…well, you guessed it, we’re sure. We learned about Vivaldi because we were users of Opera, which is a high quality browser. Opera was acquired by a Chinese company and we have been skeptical about its ongoing quality and privacy features for obvious reasons. The good news is the former CEO and co-founder of Opera—Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner who is from Reykjavík, Iceland—decided to start Vivaldi along with co-founder Tatsuki Tomita.
“The browser was officially launched on April 12, 2016. The browser is aimed at staunch technologists, heavy Internet users, and previous Opera web browser users disgruntled by Opera’s transition from the Presto layout engine to the Blink layout engine, which removed many popular features. Vivaldi aims to revive the old, popular features of Opera 12. The browser has gained popularity since the launch of its first technical preview. The browser has 1 million users as of January 2017.”
- Cross Platform (windows, mac-OS, Linux, etc.)
- Minimalist design and user interface (UI) that may be customized
- Numerous extensions via Chrome Web Store
- Tab Stack and Tile functionality
- Sync Bookmarks
- Screen shots and notes while browsing
- Speed Dial
So, we encourage you to give it a try for a while. It will take a month or two to appreciate its full set of features. We plan to test (again) Brave Browser, which is also minimalist and offers security and a way for users to earn money.
Of course we also use a Tor Browser, DuckDuckGo (search engine), a quality virtual private network (VPN) by ProtonVPN out of Switzerland, among some other security and encryption tools that we may describe in future posts.