Launched in 2015, Vivaldi was created by Jon Von Tetzchner, who is none other than the former CEO of Opera. The software belongs to the new wave of web browsers that dream of gaining market share in a market where the first places are filled by Chrome and Firefox. This is not a simple matter, because users have their own habits. Let’s focus together on the different functionalities of Vivaldi.
Installation and handling of Vivaldi
The installation of Vivaldi goes smoothly, in a few seconds the trick is done. Unlike some of its competitors, it is an offline installer that is offered and not a downloader.At its first launch, the user is invited to follow a configuration wizard that allows him to discover the program’s features and make some adjustments. From this screen, the user can import the favorites saved from the other browsers installed on the machine.
It can also customize the interface by using the default themes and adjusting the positioning of the tabs. Even better, a series of video tutorials are also available. One thing is certain, the user does not lack information, everything is done to facilitate the browser’s handling.
Vivaldi’s interface is user-friendly and navigation from one menu to another is very simple. Favourites (bookmarks) are proposed and pre-organized according to the language chosen at the time of installation. French-speaking users will be redirected to French sites while English-speaking users will have a list of English-speaking media in their bookmarks. Favorites are proposed by default in a folding pane on the left.
Experienced users can access many settings to customize the interface and features of the program. It is even possible to change the size and color of the tabs. What about the performance and other features of the program?
Like many of its competitors, Vivaldi is based on the code of Chromium, the open source project behind Chrome. It uses the Blink and V8 rendering engine as the Google browser. As far as daily navigation is concerned, Vivaldi is fast and fast. Pages load quickly and an indicator on the amount of data downloaded is displayed in the address bar on each new page.
Bing is Vivaldi’s default search engine, but the user can easily define another one. Vivaldi offers alternatives such as Qwant, DuckDuckGo, Ecosia or Google. It is also possible to add other search engines to the proposed list.
The browser is low power consuming and manages the use of the computer’s RAM quite well. So you don’t have to worry if you want to install it on a less powerful PC. Moreover, the software includes its own task manager from which it is possible to stop the process of the most resource-intensive pages.
Vivaldi also has a playback mode that improves the display of pages. It increases the size of the characters and blocks irrelevant content (e. g. advertisements) as well as site menus. This playback mode is also adjustable (font, size, background color).
For the “Extras”, Vivaldi offers a note-taking tool. This editor is displayed in the side panel of the program. You can take screenshots and insert files for your memos.
Finally, you can synchronize all your navigation data between your various devices by creating a free Vivaldi.net account.
Does Vivaldi support extensions?
Vivaldi is fully compatible with the extensions listed in the Chrome Web Store. If you plan to leave Chrome for Vivaldi, you can do so without losing your habits. Each extension can be authorized/locked in private browsing mode depending on your security needs. Keyboard shortcuts are also available to enable extension features more quickly.
Is Vivaldi a secure browser?
With its default settings, Vivaldi cannot be considered the most secure browser. Nevertheless, the software gives you the possibility to adjust some of its settings to better protect your online privacy, for example, for technical reasons, it offers a way to prevent the diffusion of your IP address via the WebRTC “flaw”. So, if you use a VPN, your real IP address will not be revealed in the browser.
It is also possible to disable password registration and block cookies. In the privacy settings, you will find the Do No Track function to notify visited websites that you do not want to be “tracked”.
Finally, the software uses Google’s anti-phishing and anti-malware protection technology, which is quite effective against misleading and potentially dangerous sites.
Finally, please note that Vivaldi does not offer its own ad blocker. You must necessarily use a third-party extension to prevent ads from being displayed.
Our opinion on the Vivaldi browser
There is no doubt about it, Vivaldi is certainly one of the most secure and complete browsers on the market. He can happily sit at the table of Firefox and Chrome. Far from being a gas factory, the software offers a wide range of features, including customization. With Vivaldi, the user has a browser that looks like him.
The support of Chrome extensions is a real asset for the program, which nevertheless has some “gaps” such as the absence of a native ad blocker and a real password manager.All these characteristics make Vivaldi an alternative of choice for the tenors Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Opera.
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