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Google’s Vytal Extension Takes on DuckDuckGo

Vytal Chrome Plugin Protects Private Data

DuckDuckGo.com has created a reputation of being the most anonymous web browser that protects privileged data from landing in the hands of criminals, and third party websites that store users’ data and resell them. Privacy while surfing the Internet has been the main problem for many Internet users, with criminal hackers multiplying tenfolds since the word hacking became popular. Identity theft has been the main reason for heightened security measures while traversing the World Wide Web.

VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are popularly used to hide the geo-location of Internet users, but even with the use of a VPN service, privacy is still not guaranteed 100 percent. However, individuals have a better chance of remaining anonymous while they privately surf the web. Now, greater security is possible even while surfing the web through a VPN access point – Thanks to a new add-on for the Google Chrome browser.

Vytal is the new privacy addon that prohibits programming APIs from tracking and finding your geographic location. It is quite popular for individuals to access VPNs to hide their IP location, or to access content that is not available in their country. The most popular accessed country through a VPN is the United States of America. In addition, the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, many people affect by limited access have resorted to using private VPNs to view news updates in other countries.

Private browsing is done for several reasons, mostly for circumventing censorship, geographic barriers, and most importantly privacy and security. However, using a VPN will only mask the device’s IP address but JavaScript functions can retrieve from a browser window the geographic location on a board level.

Vytal Undetectable Spoofing

Vytal is programmed to do much more than a VPN; it actually keeps your location data anonymous. With the use of a VPN, individuals can now use Google Chrome’s Vytal plugin to block third-party websites with API coding from tracking their geographic location.

For a web surfer, VPN only masked an IP address and consequently there are many methods to extract that private information. The Intl.DateTimeFormat().resolvedOptions(), and Date().toLocaleString() reveal the visitor’s actual location and timezone. These strings also provide general tracking information about website visitors.

Vytal’s goal is simple. It provides the bridge that fixes that authentic privacy gap. Y Combinator’s Hacker News revealed information about the plugin developer. The creator ‘z0ccc’ is credited with the creation of the Vytal Google Chrome extension.

Individuals have been asked to rate the functionality of Vytal. So far, it spoof timezone, geo-location, and user agent. According to its creator, Vytal can spoof your data through the chrome. debugger API. Thus, permits data in tracking websites’ frames to be spoofed. Vytal spoofing capabilities on a website’s first load are undetectable.

Reportedly a vast amount of web browser extensions have content scripts with anti-fingerprinting scripts injected into the tags of webpages. Script tag injections utilize constraints, according to z0ccc’s HN article. With https://vytal.io; it prevents JavaScript from exposing geo-location data, even with the use of a VPN.

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