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Old 20. Jan 2020, 05:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Opera reportedly behind predatory loan apps

Opera reportedly behind predatory loan apps as its browser struggles against Chrome;

https://www.techspot.com/news/83622-...struggles.html

At this moment in time it's only a report, but still ....

Didn't want to put this in the Opera thread so thought to put it here if anyone wants a read. The story appears to be gathering traction at the moment. It doesn't read well and if true it will reflect badly on the browser in the long term, not to mention the financial ramifications further down the line.

Here's another link;

https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/0...edatory-loans/

.... I could go on, but won't. I've had my reservations about Opera of late. Some of their recent advertising antics haven't sat well with me and so I've been reluctant to use the browser too much. I understand the need to raise money to run a business but, if what I've read is true, there are better ways to go about it than leeching off of people by offering short term loans that they can ill afford to pay back by ramping up the interest rates to obscene levels for defaulting on a payment. Not to mention their apps scraping the phone contacts of the borrower then sending demanding texts and calls, harassing them and threatening legal action plus threats of adding the borrower to credit blacklists.

Dodgy dealings never end well. I'm also a bit concerned about browsing data. Who knows what these guys at the top are up to at Opera?

I'm not one for making knee jerk reactions but have uninstalled Opera, making sure that with it I uninstalled my user data.

How much truth there is in this will no doubt come to light in the near future.

Here's the full Hindenburg report, for those who want to read it;

https://hindenburgresearch.com/opera...he-turnaround/

A very sad state of affairs indeed.
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Old 20. Jan 2020, 07:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Opera was never going to be viable given the finances needed to make it so and Firefox will soon be heading down the same pan.

https://linuxreviews.org/Mozilla_Fir...ffers_New_Jobs

Even some of my favorite sites are now including porn links. This is just the way of the world. Money talks now more than ever and if you ain't got enough of it you're gone.
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Too much frustration with Mozilla's handling of Firefox and especially, neglecting their steadfast users has finally taken its t o l l ...

We can only hope that the Phoenix will rise again but this time, with Google's dominance, it will be even more daunting.

Can Waterfox or Palemoon pickup and keep the flame going?
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Can Waterfox or Palemoon pickup and keep the flame going?
I doubt this will be possible since they need to use the base code from Mozilla and won't have the resources to patch new vulnerabilities etc.

It's possible a state player might take it up such as Russia and China already do using Chrome/Trident for browsers such as Yandex, Sogou, QQ and 360.
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