To make a branded browser, a company takes an already existing browser (Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Chromium or Chrome) and makes some insignificant modifications to it. They rename a few menu choices can change a symbol or insert advertising spots or third-party extensions, search boxes.
An example of a branded browser is the Russian government’s»Sputnik-Browser,»built upon Firefox and dependent on the government-owned»Sputnik» search engine.
The browser provides features like blocking»unnecessary content,» protecting kids with»parent management,» cutting out»the most annoying and awful ads,» and so on. Additionally, you can get the official pages of local government, get access to local government services’ phone numbers and maps.
The Sputnik Browser has a feature for parents called»online scoring.» It works through»dnevnik.ru» (dnevnik means journal in Russian), an online school evaluations agency and bitcoincasinoreview.info. Parents can observe their kids are doing through this extension at the school right from workplace or their homeBetcoin rating browser will not work on Linux-based OS and is for Windows, Android and iOS. In the future, developers promise login system that is united and Synchronization Feature.
«It is very important for us when typing’schoolgirl’ in the search box to discover girls in accurate dresses and white aprons, but not something different,» says Rostelecom Vice President Alexey Basov when asked about the government-curated Sputnik search engine.
Russian users seemed to test exactly how well this pornographic content was filtered out by the search engine. Statistics show that main words searched on Sputnik during May 29, 2015 may was»Tits» and»Porn.» On exactly the exact same day, Yandex statistics showed»odnoklassniki» and ???vk.com» (popular Russian social networks) words as a key search requests. This means most of users used the Sputnik search engine just to look for items that it blocks, which brings its purpose of censorship.
Since the launch May 22, 2015 of Sputnik its user count fell by six timesCryptogames content all crypto talk sign Cryptogames sign up On May 22, it was at about 141.8 million users, but by May 27, just 23.6 million searches went through the browser.
The Yandex email service is scary to use because of context advertising right in the mailbox and a standard»we will disclose your info to the government» license agreement.
Yandex is a tiny Russian version of Google, with surveillance. The feature is enabled in the browser via a so-called»smart address line,» which sends any input into Yandex servers for»analyzing.»
Yandex is a closed source project, according to some other open source projects and Chromium open source code. It’s a list of pretty good tools for relaxation browsing, and it might be a good tool for work, if you believe you don’t require privacy. For instance, foreign journalists may use this search engine as a compass for Russian»pop» segments of the Internet.
There are lot of similar products made by webmasters both for government and private companies, to spy on users and make some profit. When you see their products — just avoid using them and do not let anybody know what do you do on the Web. Government applications is the most dangerous in Russia, because it records everything.
Corporate applications makes no difference, because it has no strong encryption and all the private user data can be intercepted directly by anybody (including the hackers) or by request.
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