Just last week, I added Opera web browser to my computer, in an attempt to diversify my approach to the Internet. There are so many different companies and government agencies collecting information about my online activities, I figure it’s safer to use different tools for different sorts of activities, reducing the chances that they’ll be connected.
Now, a rumor has hit big over the weekend that Facebook intends to purchase Opera, and integrate the Facebook experience and the Opera browser. My first reaction to this news is to stop using Opera right now, and never, ever use the browser once Facebook becomes its owner. I’m wondering if Facebook would purchase Opera’s databases of user information in addition to the software itself.
But where will I go? What web browsers offer reasonable protections from Facebook-style privacy intrusions any more?