febrero 22, 2018 | Posted in:Blog
What Is a Branded Browser?
To earn a branded browser, a company takes an already existing browser (Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Chromium or Chrome) and makes some insignificant modifications to it. A symbol can be changed by them, rename a few menu options or add extensions, search boxes or advertising spots.
A good example of a branded browser is that the Russian government’s»Sputnik-Browser,»built upon Firefox and based on the government-owned»Sputnik» search engine.
The browser provides features like blocking»unnecessary articles,» protecting children with»parent management,» cutting out»the most bothersome and awful ads,» and so on. You can access local government’s online pages, access local government services’ phone numbers and local maps.
The Sputnik Browser has a feature for parents called»online scoring.» It functions through»dnevnik.ru» (dnevnik means diary in Russian), an internet school evaluations service and bitcoincasinoreview.info. Parents can watch their kids are doing by means of this extension in the school right in their house or workplaceTrueflip site browser is for Android Windows and iOS and won’t work on Linux-based OS. In the future, developers promise new Synchronization Feature and login system that is combined.
Porn, Tits and Schoolgirls
«It’s very important for us when typing’schoolgirl’ in the search box to find 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 appeared to test the search engine filtered out this pornographic content. Statistics show that keywords searched on Sputnik during May 29, 2015 may was»Tits» and»Porn.» On the same day, Yandex statistics showed»odnoklassniki» and ???vk.com» (popular Russian social networks) words as a primary search requests. This means most of consumers used the Sputnik search engine only to search that it blocks, which brings its purpose of censorship into question.
By six times its user count fell since Sputnik’s launch May 22, 2015OneHash site On May 22, it was at about 141.8 million users, but by May 27, just 23.6 million searches went through the browser.
Yandex Branded Browser
The Yandex email service is scary to use due to circumstance advertising right in the mailbox and a standard»we will disclose your info to the government» license agreement.
Yandex is a small Russian version of Google, with surveillance. The feature is enabled in the browser via a so-called»smart address line,» which sends any entered text into Yandex servers for»analyzing.»
Yandex is a closed source project, based on Chromium open source code and a few other open source projects. It has a list of tools for relaxation surfing, and it might be a good tool for work if you think you don’t need privacy. For example, foreign journalists could use this search engine as a compass for Russian»pop» sections of the net.
There are plenty of products created by webmasters from all over Russia, 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 anyone know what do you do on the net. 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 personal user data could be intercepted directly by anyone (including the hackers) or by petition.
What do you think of Russian branded browsers? Tell us in the comments below!
Images courtesy of AppleApple, Yandex.