I hope this text finds you cheerful together with your Christmas celebrations and, above all, wholesome and protected. As that is the final version of the Winners and Losers column for 2021, I took the liberty of selecting two subjects that symbolize the ups and downs areas of the yr in expertise: privateness and cybersecurity.
This week, the DuckDuckGo crew introduced that they’re engaged on a desktop browser centered on sturdy privateness options, in order that they deserve to finish the yr because the winner of this version. The Joker virus, present in a Play Retailer app with over half 1,000,000 downloads, is the loser.
Nevertheless, earlier than we transfer on to the perfect and worst of the previous seven days, try a few of NextPit’s prime headlines from the previous week under:
Winner of the week: A actually personal browser
If 2021 was the yr that large tech firms determined to offer us again the possibility to be extra personal — Apple with App Monitoring Transparency; Google with Privateness Dashboard and Android Non-public Compute Core — my expectation is that 2022 would be the yr that our consciousness about information privateness will increase.
This week, the DuckDuckGo crew introduced that their privacy-focused desktop browser will probably be launched in 2022, and it is not based mostly on Chromium. The concept is to assist Home windows and macOS, and despite the fact that the crew makes use of rendering engines offered by these working methods to construct the browser (like WebKit), they are going to take away pointless objects and make it so simple as doable to make use of the privateness instruments.
In line with the official announcement, the characteristic set ought to be just like what now we have in the present day in DuckDuckGo Privateness Browser for cell. And the spotlight right here is that will probably be doable to make use of the default privateness settings, as we haven’t any advertising gimmicks. Additionally, with only one click on will probably be doable to rapidly delete shopping exercise and energetic tabs.
Furthermore, inner checks have proven that DDG’s personal browser proved to be sooner than Chrome, which let’s agree will not be actually a shock.
Why is that this the perfect information of the week in my eyes? Effectively, individuals keep away from utilizing what they do not know or perceive. By making shopping in personal mode less complicated, the DuckDuckGo crew empowers customers who keep away from software program with superior settings and turns into one other ally within the combat in opposition to the exploitation of our shopping information for advertising.
Loser of the week: The Joker virus
This yr we additionally noticed an enormous quantity of cyberattacks taking place on a regular basis. From Distributed denial of service (DDoS) assaults to SMS phishing to malware, we had all the pieces. And to shut the yr, this week we had the return of the Joker virus, discovered within the Shade Message app for Android, which already had greater than half 1,000,000 installations.
The Joker malware has been round for 3 years and has kidnapped fairly a number of apps already. In line with my colleague Dustin Porth, this virus could cause injury by simulating clicks and logging you into premium companies. This causes your cell phone invoice to skyrocket, and guess what? Except the app operators reimburse you, you’ll lose cash!
Fortunately, the app has been faraway from the Google Play Retailer, however it’s most likely not the final time we write about this sort of malware. So this week the Joker virus is on the loser’s aspect and represents all of the cyberattacks, Trojans and different malware we wish to depart behind in 2022!
And that is all for in the present day! I want you a cheerful new yr and write you in 2022! However earlier than saying goodbye, here is a query for you: What did you consider this week’s picks? Share your opinion within the feedback of this text.