Absolutely not. It’s a good tweaked chomium/ChromiumOS, but it isn’t more privacy-friendly than the other options we have listed there. It’s still better than just your average spying web browser, but not by a whole lot.
Thorium (and Mercury) browser came to my attention via a Youtube video on Chris Titus Tech:
I downloaded both and am using them today to see how they are.
Certainly, they seem fast.
But speed is usually the enemy of security and thus privacy.
The default settings are the standard Chrome/Firefox settings, unlike Ungoogled Chromium/Librewolf.
The list of issues on the Github page seems sizable and Thorium is still on 117; UC is on 118.
I would not put much trust in these just yet, despite the glowing video.
Yes, I wasn’t saying the WebP vulnerability was the current issue, it was a past example of Thorium patching that issue weeks late by issuing 117 weeks late. Who knows what they’re weeks late behind on this time around?
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Date: Wed Jul 20 03:14:25 2022 -0700
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And people wonder why we reject “insert 101 shitty little project that is by some untrustworthy person”.
That’s the thing though, youtubers are having to constantly make new videos about something, there just isn’t that many “new” things worth talking about especially regarding privacy, and then even if it is new, is that even a good thing?
This is something I wish more people realized generally. Youtubers, bloggers, etc derive revenue from maximizing attention, and consistent attention requires consistently producing new content which draws people in and keeps people watching. For these reasons and others, what youtubers feature and promote will often skew towards (1) new projects over known reputable projects (2) controversies and divisive issues (3) opinions that reflect what their audience wants to hear or believe (4) Topics with a ‘good guy’ / ‘bad guy’ narrative.
That doesn’t mean nothing on Youtube is trustworthy, but we should all be aware of the conscious and unconscious biases that this revenue model creates.
Despite what a lot of people think it’s not very much they earn even if a big popular channel, as 8 bit guy pointed out in his last video. Without Patreon and other side ventures a lot of these people would have next to nothing.
Progressively it’s got more difficult to make a living from it without being “blah blah blah sponsored by X VPN company”, which is why that spam is so prevalent throughout videos these days. I’m pretty sure LTT said something about requiring a constant stream of videos per week or the algorithm punishes you.