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Facebook Buy Will Get Me Off Opera

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.

facebook buying opera browserNow, 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?

10 comments to Facebook Buy Will Get Me Off Opera

  • Mike S

    yeah, it’s ironic that a browser renowned for its privacy settings is being bought by a company which has no compunction about eroding your privacy whenever it means more money for them. I wouldn’t trust any new version of Opera that comes out after the takeover is complete.

  • I still use Firefox :3 it’s generally quite good, and I find it better than Chrome.

    Opera hasn’t been good since.., well, when has it been any fucking good? (Just saying)

    • Good. Define what “good” means to you, Tirade. What are you looking for that Opera hasn’t got, and what other alternatives would you suggest.

      Firefox is pretty heavily targeted, in terms of security, don’t you think? Part of me wants something obscure, even if it’s clunky, so that I’m in something nonconventional, and hopefully out of the crosshairs, at times.

      Am I wrong to employ that strategy?

      • Good? Sleek interface, fast, good ad protection?

        Keep in mind, using an obscure browser wouldn’t necessarily make you safer, as it’ll likely be less updated and thus have more security holes. But, I’m not sure really Oprah counts as “obscure”. Sure, it’s one of the lower tier of operating systems, but it’s been in the top 5 used for the past decade I believe.

  • Tom Betz

    It’s funny; I installed Opera some months ago specifically to use with (and only with) Facebook and Facebook-tied sites. Facebook buying it would simply solidify that decision.

    All my other browsers block any Facebook-related cookies.

    • You can set those browsers to NOT block Facebook-related cookies, you know… but why would you want to? Seriously, what on earth do you want to help Facebook data mine you and your friends for?

      • Tom Betz

        For me, Facebook is more-or-less a read-only medium.

        By quarantining its tentacles and those of other web sites that require it to one browser, I minimize its ability to collect data on me and mine, while not cutting off my nose. I see it as a reasonable compromise.

  • Stephen Kent Gray

    I usually use an Apple Mac, so I have Safari and Firefox on it which were on it already and I added Chrome and Opera to it as well. Even though I have all four on it, I usually end up using Firefox.

    • Why Firefox? I’ll say that when I’ve used Safari, I’ve had to put up with a very slow browser experience, especially on startup, but what do you see as the negative points with Chrome and Opera?

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