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Avast Secure Browser 77.2.2154.121

Maximise your security by using this self-contained browser from Avast

by Chris Wiles

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 28 November 2019
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Avast Secure Browser 77
Maximise your security by using this self-contained browser from Avast

Chrome, Firefox and other third-party web browsers are popular, but not universally trusted. Worse, install a third-party extension and you have to be 100% sure that it isn't malicious and hope it's not designed to extract your personal data.

Avast Secure Browser is a Chromium-based web browser (much like the forthcoming new Edge from Microsoft) which is a version heavily customised by Avast. Some might argue a little too customised. More on that later.

When you start Avast Secure Browser it looks like another version of Chrome. However, you'll notice a load of custom Avast extensions pre-installed, such as anti-fingerprinting, anti-tracking an Adblock, extension guard and much more. Some of these extensions require Avast products to be installed on your computer. You can't use the VPN without SecureVPN for example, nor can you let Avast handle your passwords without Avast Free Antivirus (or better) installed. Which means you have to rely on a lot of Avast technology to simply browse the internet.

Step up the next issue. Although Avast Secure Browser is based on Chrome, it doesn't support many of the extensions, so no themes. Worse, there's no Chrome account management either, so don't expect this Avast browser to synchronise your data.

What's new in v77?

- Updated chromium to 77.0
- Fixed translations
- Optimized Performance Manager settings

Verdict:

A browser for either the most paranoid users or people so embedded in the Avast network that an Avast-only browser makes a lot of sense. We'd rather use Chrome.

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's New in Version 2.19.124 

- New privacy settings allow you to control who can add you to groups. Admins will have the option of sending you a private invite instead. Go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups to get started.
- Added call waiting support so you can choose to accept an incoming WhatsApp call while you're already on another call.
- Updated Chats screen design to make it easier to quickly scan your messages.
- You can now send messages directly from the Braille keyboard when using VoiceOver mode.

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