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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.

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