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josefStallman wrote

Opera is proprietary software and using any browser with a built-in VPN is not safe. Use Firefox or a derivative if you care about privacy.

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SleeperCylon wrote

but you can easily disable the VPN. Opera also has a built-in ad-blocker which works great and also sets it apart from the other browsers in that regard.

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WTB_Nukes_130e wrote

Opera actually has a better safety score than Chrome according to the web based community Web of Trust
Opera Rating
Google Chrome Rating
Firefox is a option but I've tried it and it crashed like every 20 minutes. Opera is faster than Firefox and faster than Chrome. Using a VPN is safe and I don't know why you would mislead people like that, I've been using proxisy networks since I was a teenager and never had a problem.
As for proprietary software, I don't think you understand that definition. Properietary software is software that was developed and owned by an individual or company so you even contradicted yourself in your short post by recommending Firefox which is also a proprietary software.

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josefStallman wrote (edited )

Using a VPN is more secure than browsing without one because it hides your personal information behind a proxy server. However, this does nothing to stop the proxy server from harvesting your information. Hosting a large-scale VPN requires quite a bit of money, so if you're not paying for it, chances are that VPN is making it's money from selling your data.

Proprietary Software is software that does not respect it's users freedom, privacy, and community. Firefox is not proprietary software because it is licensed under the Mozilla Public Licence, which allows for study, modification, and distribution of the program, making it Free (as in freedom) software. You can learn more about that here and on /f/freeasinfreedom.

(Also web of trust is, ironically, not trustworthy. Check out the wikipedia page. It's full of privacy violations and lawsuits).

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WTB_Nukes_130e wrote

Thanks for spelling it out for me. ^^ I like Firefox but I don't know why it crashes for me. I could try it again, maybe they fixed it in an update.

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josefStallman wrote

What OS are you running?

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WTB_Nukes_130e wrote

Windows 7

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emma wrote (edited )

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NEOalquimista wrote

Not only Firefox, I've been having problems with Gimp and Inkscape on Windows at work. I wouldn't be surprised if this was due to companies like Microsoft sabotaging free software when running under their OS. I really hate my workplace computer, can't change it.

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josefStallman wrote

Yeah I can't help you there mate I have no idea how to troubleshoot windows without powershell.

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Naokotani wrote

I have used firefox on windows, and linux including different flavours of ubuntu and arch linux and, while I have had it crash, it is rare at best.

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Copenhagen_Bram wrote

They're all proprietary. Just use Icecat or Iceweasel.

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WTB_Nukes_130e wrote

lol i had no idea how many different web browsers there were! thanks

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Copenhagen_Bram wrote

I smell sarcasm, but you're welcome. You seem to know a lot about Opera, and the proprietaryness of Firefox. The people at /r/iamverysmart might like you.