Iridium Browser

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  1. AutoCascade

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    https://iridiumbrowser.de/

    Chromium knock off that seems to be based on killing all links to Google.

    I'm on an election site tonight thats going crazy following Iowa and my machine - running Chrome beta is going NUTs running high cpu fan at hign speed so I switch to Iridium - same websites and the machine calmed right down.

    Chrome and Chromium have a lot going on in the background that cause that high usage.

    Its numbers came in faster than Chrome or Chromium on my machine using Googles Octane tests. Not by a significant margin but still faster.
     
  2. phalanaxus

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    If I didn't miss anything this only offers privacy enhancements and nothing else, correct ?
     
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    Can you install it alongside chrome on a machine?

    I installed chromium and it messed up and took over my chrome directorys :(
     
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    Oh great! Another flavour of Chromium.
     
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    Can't have too much of a good thing ;)
     
  6. The Red Moon

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    Its all open source so why not.?
     
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    Well, source doesn't mean privacy, actually. But for what I could read, Iridium is not a bad alternative to Chromium if the user wants privacy.
     
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    I'm sure it's brilliant. ;)
     
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    That's not FUD, that has been proven to exist. And it's not a bad thing, actually; at least the calls aren't to Google. In addition, you can build the browser without any calls at all, not even to Iridium's servers.
     
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    Yeah either in that thread or another about that they detailed why that is and as has been said its not going to Google.

    Depending on what OS you have its behind Chrome/Chromium by at couple of releases anyway and may not auto update.
     
  13. Noticed that also, for me a big No
     
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    Check your extensions and profile, that's not normal behaviour for an elections website. If it's still like that in Incognito mode or a clean install, then Iridium may have fixed something.
     
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    There were something like 20,000 posts and every few minutes another few hundred posts would need refresh to show. That's what I attributed to the cpu usage.
     
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    A new release was planned for August 2017, but it seems to be delayed. The latest release is based on Chromium v58.
     
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    Iridium Browser v62.0 Released (December 04, 2017)
    Download / Builds Archive
     
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    Any user using the latest version? Can you please check whether Iridium connects to Google especially during startup and see whether the connection is also permanent?

    The earlier version v61 does connects to Google....and they said they secure your privacy?

    Thanks
     
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    I'll check it later...
     
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    I was able to see connections to fra[...]1e100.net (1e100.net is a Google-owned domain name used to identify the servers in our network.)
    But only temporarily, not permanent.
    And connections to ir-[...].iridiumbrowser.de right after Iridium Browser was started.

    I wanted to uninstall uMatrix and uBlockO but wasn't able to. The trash can isn't functional and even deactivating these extensions wasn't possible :cautious:
    Code:
    Developer Console (F12):
    Unchecked runtime.lastError while running management.setEnabled: Failed to find extension with id cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm.
    Unchecked runtime.lastError while running management.setEnabled: Failed to find extension with id ogfcmafjalglgifnmanfmnieipoejdcf.
    
    But i have found out why and how i could finally uninstall them:
     
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    Found Iridium connects to the following addresses

    74.125.204.xxx
    172.217.26.xx

    I believe 73.xxx, 74.xxx, 172.xxx, 173.xxx etc belong to Google

    Yes, earlier version also has an issue to remove extensions. You'll need to remove it from the address bar.

    They still have not solve this issue?
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017
  24. mood

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    Exactly, this bug is still not solved (since v58 - April 2017 :cautious:)
     
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    For those interested in the differences between Chromium and Iridium, please see the following;

    https://github.com/iridium-browser/tracker/wiki/Differences-between-Iridium-and-Chromium

    Security improvements
    • Increase RSA keysize to 2048 bits for self-signed certificates (used by WebRTC)
    • Generate a new WebRTC identity for each connection instead of reusing identities for 30 days
    • Generate a new ECDHE keypair for each WebRTC connection instead of reusing them for multiple connections
    • Disable using system-provided plugins (i.e. Java, Flash, etc.)
    Privacy enhancements
    • Disable "Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors"
    • Disable autocomplete through prediction service when typing in Omnibox
    • Always send "Do-Not-Track" header
    • Network/DNS prediction is disabled by default
    • Block third-party cookies by default
    • Link auditing (<a ping="...">) is disabled by default
    • Fetch plugins list from iridiumbrowser.de where it will be updated regularly
    • Site data (cookies, local storage, etc.) is only kept until exit, by default
    • Passwords are not stored by default
    • Input form autofill is disabled by default
    • For IPv6 probes, use a DNS root server instead of Google
    • The default search provider is Qwant
    • Load "about:blank" on new tabs instead of the currently set search engine and/or promotions.
    • Don't report Safe Browsing overrides.
    • Don't use autofill download service.
    • Disable cookies for safebrowsing background requests.
    • Disable the battery status API.
    Disabled features
    • Disable background mode
    • Disable EV certificates, so they are shown just like "normal" certificates
    • Disable Google cloud printing
    • Disable Google hot word detection
    • Disable Google experiments status check
    • Disable Google translation service
    • Disable Google promotion fetching
    • Disable Google Clould Messagin (GCM) status check
    • Disable Google Now
    • Disable automatic update check
    • Disable profile-import on first run
    Networking changes
    • Network/DNS prediction is disabled by default
    • Link auditing (<a ping="...">) is disabled by default
    Other changes
    • Add DuckDuckGo search provider
    • Add Qwant search provider
    • Add certificate pinning for iridiumbrowser.de
    • Let user confirm downloading translation dictionaries from Google
    • Always prompt for download directory
    • Don't ask to send settings to Google by default on profile reset
    • Don't warn about missing API keys (services are not used anyway)
    • Iridium will show a warning bar when running possibly unwanted requests (trk prefix)
    • Show all extensions (including internals) in chrome://extensions.

    Quite a nice list, although it seems like most of these tweaks can either be altered through through the GUI, flags or command switches.

    Regards.
     
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