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Search Engine Default

  • Have 5 default search engines is unique feature, in the others browsers a malware can install itself, an example is Hao123 and Ask toolbar. So if the devs lock the default search engines for our safety, I support them 🙂

  • You say: "I want to be able to choose one for myself, and for other users to be free to choose one for themself if they need it!" What you want, and what get are different things, when you download and install a "free browser." Opera has a right not to put something out there that they deem UNSAFE.

    So are we talking about security, or about money now? Because sure every browser is "free:. It's model of browser business. Then we can talk about royalties and so on. But then it's different story. So don't use this as an argument, because it's not totally correct. There are reasons and decisions why it's better to made it "free".
    And we're not talking about putting there something. Opera don't need to put other engine there.

    You say: " I'm not choosing what to use for somebody else. I'm not deciding for somebody else." If Opera deems it unsafe, they don't have to permit even you to use it. I mean, you could come right back and sue them. And how do they know how old you are. 🙂 You might be a teenager. And even if you're an adult, Opera does not have to permit you to do something they deem unsafe.

    So question is again. What exactly is unsafe? Using different engine? Or option to be able to change engine? As I read before, problem was with security. So reason was, it's possible for malware to change engine. So if it'll be secure to change it then it's ok? Secure? Or still it's insecure, because Opera knows, what engine I'll add, and? And there are also settings, experimets and power users settings. If these can be safe, I think (if security is reason here) it's possible to made this option enabled.

    And sue them? So every browser company has to have many layers just to deal with this kind of mess? It's like someone in Firefox uses will sue them because they used advanced settings. Then it's even possible for any setting. Ok, I got this as an option. But I don't think that's main reason here.

    I think by "aggressively," I mean you're pushing very hard for having the right to the extra engines, that Opera deems unsafe, and where there have been very serious security problems, involving hijacked search engines for all browsers. And why, I wonder are you pushing so hard? Is it that you cannot type one tiny letter, before doing a search? I cannot believe that that is too much for you. The workaround -- typing the one letter, or the separate search bar extension -- is a very miniscule accommodation in the face of a very serious and dangerous problem involving search engine hijackings, that can involve loss of credits cars, identity theft, banks accounts compromised, etc.

    I'm using space for arguments here. I still hope I'm arguing without attacking someone directly. If you fill like that, just let me know, where I crossed boundaries here! I have no intention to be rude to anybody! It's just how I work. Arguing as much as possible. To understand right reasons, and try to make some kind of compromise.

    And sure now it all seams, like money from Google are the main reason. Ok, if this is main reason. At least I got it, and can understand. Somehow ;).
    But it's not about one letter. It's about why this way. You say that contract is stated, that Opera cannot allow other engine as default? Because that's still not true, when you can choose Wikipedia. And let's say that someone made extension, that allows you to use any search engine from address bar. Will Opera allow it? If not, will they allow you to use it if it's outside address bar in extension windows? Becase I don't get point, where it's OK, and where it's not. Because for example is it now possible for malware to change my custom search engines?

    Look, when Opera deems additional search engines safe, then I fully favor them! This is one situation though, where I trust them. And as I mentioned, any party wanting to hijack Opera search engines, could easily come into the forum, establish an identity, and aggressively challenge for more engines (because they know, perhaps, that what Opera currently has set up is harder to hijack, but additional engines would be easier to hijack). I know no one personally in the forum, but Opera is an entity that I have dealt with for years. Opera, I trust, more than the advocacy of any other user, on this issue.

    Even if you won't believe me, I'm not trying to harm Opera in any way. I'm long time user. In old Opera wasn't so hard to have option like this. So I don't get it, why is it so big deal now. And I'm giving arguments. So any developer can consider it. He doesn't have to implement it. I'm just trying to put some reason here, from my point of view.

    Also big reason is that people after PRISM, and other causes stop trusting Google like it was before. They're more relying on safer privacy. So this is from my point reason why people asks for engines I mentioned. To be safe. So my "initiative" is not to harm opera. But on the other hand feel safe. Sure I can press keys (custom engines). But it would be great if I don't have to.

  • Stealth789

    You're writing forever. What exactly is your agenda? You don't seem to get it? It is is Opera's call. Do you know what the word "defer" means? I defer to the Opera Developer on safety. And not to you!

  • Have 5 default search engines is unique feature, in the others browsers a malware can install itself, an example is Hao123 and Ask toolbar. So if the devs lock the default search engines for our safety, I support them 🙂

    Basically only Google is hardcoded in Opera. Other engines are based on location. So there are more than 5 engines in "basket". If safety is only reason. Ok. At least for majority, that can live with any engine. But still it doesn't overthrow option to safely change them.

  • Stealth789
    You're writing forever. What exactly is your agenda? You don't seem to get it? It is is Opera's call. Do you know what the word "defer" means? I defer to the Opera Developer on safety. And not to you!

    Agenda. I was expecting some of Opera developer or someone to argument on this, as I'm used from other product forums. Sure it's Opera call. But I don't think all questions were answered. And by answer I mean with some rational reasoning. I'm not asking you or anybody to defer. I'm trying to argue why it's not allowed.

  • "They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
    Benjamin Franklin

  • Nice quote, coshoo. Liberty is quite important, but believe me, it is not at issue in taking a free browser. You are mistaken if you deem this a "liberty" issue. And by mixing this issue up with liberty, you do a disservice to liberty, and undermine real liberty issues.

  • Nice quote for sure. And liberty is not important in free browser? Any browser now is free. It's just how it works. It's business model, based on decision.
    And sure forcing us to use some engine, and disallow use what we want is not violating of free to choose?

    If this is about security. So why any of my suggestions are "thrown" away without reasoning? Don't tell me everything is wrong. It's just question if you even try. I understand your status/position here. But there need to be said why exactly this cannot be in any way?

    "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."Stephen Dolley Jr.

    But if it's strictly about security. Even so called secure browsers like Comodo Dragon and SRWare Iron (also based on chromium) allows change. SRWare Iron also use DuckDuckGo as default search engine. TorBrowser (based on Firefox) use startpage.

    So if it's about security then Opera can collect any user suggested engines, then review them if they're secure. And then simply add them to default list.

  • All this discussion for what? If you do not like the way Opera manage search engines, just use another one.

  • Do you know, stealth789 what the word "defer" means. Look it up in a dictionary. I DEFER to Opera on this issue. Period. Browser safety is within their jurisdiction. I have no inclination to second guess them on this based on anything you have said.

    As for the liberty quote, it's absurdly out of context. You are given a free browser with certain features. You have paid for it nothing, zero, zip, rien, nada. If you like it fine. If not, as sidneyneto offers, use another browser, where you're happier with how they manage search engines. Liberty suggests rights, and you have no right to utilization of all the default search engines you might like to stay up nights fantasizing about. 🙂 But you can use any search engine you want from the main Address Bar of Opera if you're not too challenged 🙂 to type one letter or two in front of the search query. Really, it's quite easy.

    Now maybe you don't care about the safety of your passwords, your credit cards, your identity, etc. But let me assure you that many others do. It's a vital interest for them. And they want Opera to protect it, as best Opera can.

  • All this discussion for what? If you do not like the way Opera manage search engines, just use another one.

    Sure it's also possibility. I'm just trying to make things better, rather than throwing them away.

  • Well, you've provided your suggestion over in the Suggestion Box forum, so it joins the countless others there for Opera to ponder and digest. Actually, I'd love to see Opera provide a safe way for users to add a custom search engine to the default list, since I use StartPage consistently as default in all my other browsers... but given all the things users would like to see the developers add to the mix, it's anyone's guess where this one ranks on their list of things to do - particularly since one can already install a custom engine and simply use a single-letter shortcut to access it.

  • Do you know, stealth789 what the word "defer" means. Look it up in a dictionary. I DEFER to Opera on this issue. Period. Browser safety is within their jurisdiction. I have no inclination to second guess them on this based on anything you have said.

    And you also don't have own opinion? About what is right? Then this kind of arguments are useless.

    As for the liberty quote, it's absurdly out of context. You are given a free browser with certain features. You have paid for it nothing, zero, zip, rien, nada. If you like it fine. If not, as sidneyneto offers, use another browser, where you're happier with how they manage search engines. Liberty suggests rights, and you have no right to utilization of all the default search engines you might like to stay up nights fantasizing about. 🙂 But you can use any search engine you want from the main Address Bar of Opera if you're not too challenged 🙂 to type one letter or two in front of the search query. Really, it's quite easy.

    Again what about "free" browser. Money comes from searches. Opera knows that it's better use free browser. It's business model. They know they can't make money from browser itself. Any other current browser know it. So why do you use this kind of bogus argument? Money for browser are history. And you're arguing to something off topic rather to something you don't like to.

    And example of engines proves, that your primary point is not security itself. You didn't gave any reason, how this can be done safely. Only that it cannot be, just because!

    Now maybe you don't care about the safety of your passwords, your credit cards, your identity, etc. But let me assure you that many others do. It's a vital interest for them. And they want Opera to protect it, as best Opera can.

    I care much about my privacy. Just Opera ignores parts of it. But sure I won't save any password in Browser... And setting default search engine has nothing to do with it. It's question of allover security, not search engine.

  • Well, you've provided your suggestion over in the Suggestion Box forum, so it joins the countless others there for Opera to ponder and digest. Actually, I'd love to see Opera provide a safe way for users to add a custom search engine to the default list, since I use StartPage consistently as default in all my other browsers... but given all the things users would like to see the developers add to the mix, it's anyone's guess where this one ranks on their list of things to do - particularly since one can already install a custom engine and simply use a single-letter shortcut to access it.

    This one is question of allowing user use custom default search engine. Be free to choose what I want. Don't let anyone to force me to use engine they think is right. And you cannot simply downplay this fact for option to pressing one more key. This as it's question of option is also question of principle how Opera deals with users. Simplifying this question won't change facts.

  • I care much about my privacy. Just Opera ignores parts of it. But sure I won't save any password in Browser...

    But I have so many sites that require passwords. Do you type in the password every time you go to a location that requires it? Maybe you can be less concerned about a hijacked search engine, because you don't have passwords in your browser or computer. I do 😉 so i have greater reason for concern about a jijacked search engine.

  • I care much about my privacy. Just Opera ignores parts of it. But sure I won't save any password in Browser...

    But I have so many sites that require passwords. Do you type in the password every time you go to a location that requires it? Maybe you can be less concerned about a hijacked search engine, because you don't have passwords in your browser or computer. I do 😉 so i have greater reason for concern about a jijacked search engine.

    First: Topic is about allowing user to free choose default search engine. Talking about password is another theme! It's question of allover security of PC, not about changing of search engine itself. So please stick to the main question. But Opera won't allow me to freely change default search engine, but:

    • It's possible to change start page - possible malware use (but there's still need for malware to get to PC, ... that's real problem)
    • Is sending un-secure(some are secure, based on original request) every site I visit to its servers - Fraud check / Tracking ? (If not by Opera, than can be abused by ITS, ....)
    • Only 1 of 10 default engines uses secure connection !!! And that's Google known by tracking users - PRIVACY !

    So please don't tell me your default search engines are safe! Hell they're not! So where's your security concern now? This way (you think is right for me, ....) I don't feel safe! And I feel forced!

    If malware will get to your PC, it's question of PC security and user knowledge. Learn users to be secure, use Antivirus, Firewall, ... Don't use it as excuse to restrict our free choice. Disallow this is short-sighted policy. And start of forcing us to use what you decide is right for us. It's unacceptable. You are simplifying this as question of one more press. I see this also as question of freedom. Be free to choose what I want.

    • Password (OFFTOPIC):

    Even it is really different topic, sure I care much for my passwords. But from old times I know, that passwords in browser are easy to decrypt/compromise! If you have concerns about security, care about your passwords, and don't keep them in browser first! Not be concerned so much about changing default search engine....

    Also as I mentioned my concenrns about my security and privacy of Opera Link here. So if passwords are sending to link, from my point and current knowledge it's possible security risk! So also basically from security side of view I strongly recommend anyone NOT TO SAVE ANY PASSWORD IN ANY BROWSER!!! It's standard tactic for any possible malware/virus to grab data. And there's a lot of utilities that can simply decrypt it.

    Simple virus (has nothing to do strictly with browser, or search engine,...) will decrypt your Login Data and send it to server. That's what malware can do. Why the hell he need your search engines. You're excusing restricting and forcing as to free choice, but you're blind to real dangers!

    And practically for passwords I'm long time user of software called KeePass Password Safe. And I use strong generated passwords. Also there's way to use rules which password it can use. So I have installed extension Url in title (and alternatives in other browsers). Then my rules are using url patterns for matching. But this is another advanced theme. Sure I can give some tips here. But at least with this my passwords are correctly encrypted, and safe.

  • That is ridiculous not to save passwords. You only say about Google, however you can use Bing which I like it or Yahoo. Everyone say Google spy your movements on the web and save data about you. I never give a sh*** about that, and you know why? I do not do anything wrong on Google, my conscious is cleaned.

  • That is ridiculous not to save passwords. You only say about Google, however you can use Bing which I like it or Yahoo. Everyone say Google spy your movements on the web and save data about you. I never give a sh*** about that, and you know why? I do not do anything wrong on Google, my conscious is cleaned.

    • Default engines: First I meantion Google, as it is only engine to set at least secure connection. As you can see here by my tests here https://forums.opera.com/post/42572 . Bing and Yahoo are not set correctly! They can use secure connection, but by default they don't. That is just an example how safe default engines are, when somebody is arguing, that Opera give me safety?! Even if I forgot about restricting my freedom of choice.

    You said "I never give a sh*** about that, and you know why? I do not do anything wrong on Google, my conscious is cleaned."
    Sure I also don't do anything illegal or something wrong. But it doesn't mean in any way, that I've gave anybody implicitly right to spy on me, and violate my privacy! You're mistaken right reasons here. I don't want to loose my privacy! I don't want to be tracked by any company this way. It's my right! People sometimes fought for rights to freedom. Now people just forget, that freedom is something they can't give up for free! Not any peace of it! Now they don't care, and are giving up their rights just for free. Not thinking about consequences. Now you allow this, and take it for "normal", and on tomorrow, it'll be another story,... Straight way to hell...

    • Passwords (OFFTOPIC): "That is ridiculous not to save passwords.": It's up to you what and how you'll do. Your free decision. I'm telling from my experience. Saving password in browser is not safe! I work in IT sector, and really don't remember to meet somebody using browser's password management. It's easy to decrypt, and possible way to exploit your private data. And huge bigger danger then any engine itself. But sure it's up to you! I'm not telling you what to do. I'm telling you what I know, and what are the real dangers, and if it's possible also way, how to be more secure. I'm not keeping you blind, and avoiding real dangers, and using excuses. Still: DECISION IS YOURS. YOURS ONLY!
  • Please, do not use capital letter, that is kind of rudeness.

    Use another browser if you do not like opera, this discussions is going nowhere. I trust in Opera and Google.

  • Please, do not use capital letter, that is kind of rudeness.

    I'm sorry for caps. My mistake.

    Use another browser if you do not like opera

    Topic is not about liking Opera. And sure I'm the one who can decide what to choose. Not you! Accept this fact. Topic is about option to add/change/remove default search engine. Please stick to it.

    , this discussions is going nowhere.

    You mean you're out of arguments against it? Because I didn't see relevant arguments why not. I try to argue on all arguments, but many of you just ignore answering, or use other themes. Even there's no will to consider things. Only simple no without correct reason as an answer.

    I trust in Opera and Google.

    Again topic is not primary about trust.

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