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Opera The Browser I Like

I know everyone still uses Google Chrome as their main browser (so do I, most of the time) but I've been exploring other browsers just because I want to see what they can do and also, I use them differently for work and personal reasons. 

In year 2020 alone, it was reported by the University of Maryland that there is one cyber threat every 39 seconds. That's 2,244 attacks per day. 😲

The stat didn't sit too well with me because we are now more dependent on our phones and the internet than ever before. I don't even have much cash on me anymore these days because I use eWallets, debit card, and online transactions for nearly everything. 

I mean, a bunch of colleagues went out for lunch and one person pays for the meal. The rest of us split up the bill and started transferring our share of the meal via TouchnGo and Grab. I paid my sister for buying reusable customized face mask she got from her friend with TouchNGo. A work superior borrowed cash from me (even though he is way richer) because he was low. 

As such, much of our personal information, faces, voices, banking info, passwords, and activities are now online. 

Which brings me back to browsers. We might not think much about the browser we are using but it captures and saves a lot more than you think. 

There are safer browsers than Google Chrome - this, I promise you. 

So, I've tried out quite a couple, including Cliqz, Opera and Brave. I continue to use them on and off but my favorite so far would be Opera. 

I know it's weird but Opera stands out to me because:

  1. Look on the left...you can load a new workspace 💓 (one of my favorite because it takes me to a new workspace without the clutter of opened tabs).
  2. Easy access to Whatsapp, Telegram, Instagram, Twitter, Video Player, Bookmarks and History. 
  3. At the top right, you can also easily capture image of the website you're looking at by clicking on the 'camera' icon. 
  4. It has a preloaded VPN, albeit a simpler one. It's nothing heavyweight and it slows down the browser a fair bit but you can set your location to the Americas, Europe, or Asia.

With Christmas 🎄 and the New Year coming up, I hope you stay safe and healthy, and take the breather that you need before we greet the new year with more vigor. 

2020 has been exhausting.  

Love,
Marsha

p.s. It's worrying because the spread of the Covid-19 virus is not showing signs of slowing down here in Malaysia, there are new outbreaks in South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Singapore. To make it worse, UK has reported a new strain of virus that spreads even faster, so it seems. 😓💢😵

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