Access bookmarks more easily
One of the things we most like about Vivaldi, which won our Gold Award in Issue 440, is the way its developers listen and respond to feedback from the browser’s ever-expanding fanbase. For example, many users have long wondered why Vivaldi’s bookmarks could only be opened via the Bookmarks side panel rather than being instantly accessible from the main toolbar. This concern has been addressed in the latest version of the browser ( 1.15.1111.3), which lets you open your bookmarks directly from the main menu. You can also press Ctrl+b to open the Bookmark manager.
Block adverts more quickly in Opera
Opera was the first major browser to offer a built-in ad blocker, to which it has recently added useful protection against cryptojacking attacks (see this section in Issue 441). The latest version of the browser, Opera 51, makes the feature even more impressive by boosting its ad-blocking speed. This is apparently down to an “improvement in the string-matching algorithm”, and tests have found that the updated browser performs 16% faster than Opera 51 and 44% faster than Chrome 64 with its new ad blocker. To turn on the feature, go to Settings, ‘ Privacy & security’ and select ‘ Block ads…’.
Stay safe using Mcafee Webadvisor
There was a time when Mcafee Siteadvisor was an essential browser tool, but then it got bloated and slow, and relaunched as the not-much-better Webadvisor. This hasn’t stopped Mcafee launching the extension for Microsoft Edge, where it could prove useful to safety-conscious Windows 10 users. Features include colour-coding your search results to show you whether they’re safe or dangerous to click, automatically blocking bad sites before they can do any harm and providing detailed site reports that highlight security concerns.
Install the Edge add-on from bit.ly/webadvisor446.