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WhiteHat Security has released a new open-sourced, ad-blocking browser for OS X, InformationWeek reports. Called Aviator, the browser preserves privacy by default and treats ads like a security threat. The browser is also preconfigured to use anonymous search engine Duck Duck Go. WhiteHat Security Product Management Director Robert Hansen wrote, “(N)ot a single browser vendor offers ad blocking, instead relying on optional third-party plugins, because this breaks their business model and how they make money,” adding, “Current incentives between the user and the browser vendor are misaligned. People simply aren’t safe online when their browser vendor profits from ads.” The browser comes out after recent talks around an industry standard do-not-track option have had difficulty moving forward.
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