Major Update: Cliqz for iOS Gets Even Faster and Safer

Major Update: Cliqz for iOS Gets Even Faster and Safer

A new code base enhances performance and privacy protection. A redesigned user interface provides a more modern look and feel and improves usability.

Björn Greif
Editor

Your safety and privacy on the web is our top priority! That’s why we completely revamped Cliqz for iOS. The update to version 2.0.0 brings numerous improvements that enhance overall performance, security and ease of use. The new Cliqz Browser offers you an even faster, safer and more convenient browsing experience.

What‘s new?

 

  • Latest Firefox codebase improves performance
  • Optimized UI for a more modern look and feel
  • Enhanced tracker blocking functions, including page-level tracker control

Fresher Look and Better Usability

The optimized UI gives Cliqz for iOS a cleaner look and makes it easier to use. This applies, for example, to the tab overview, which you can access as usual via the lower browser bar: While you had to scroll through the individual tabs beforehand, now all open tabs are listed in a tile overview, so that you can select the desired tab much faster and easier.

History and favorites have also been redesigned and are now easier to access. To view your most visited pages, history, favorites and MyOffrz offers, simply tap the corresponding icon at the top of a new tab. The new wallpaper also gives the browser a fresher, more modern look.

Thanks to the new refresh button at the bottom browser bar, you can now refresh the active page with just one tap. The menu, which opens when you tap the three dots in the address bar, lets you add a website to your favorites, pin it to Top Sites, or share it with others via mail or messenger. You can also search for text within the page or request the desktop version of the site. The menu also takes you to the browser settings.

Cliqz for iOS Menu

Enhanced Blocking Functions

The Cliqz Control Center (Q symbol at the top right of the address bar), which allows you to control the anti-tracking functions and the ad blocker, has also been redesigned. On the “Overview” page, you will see at a glance how many trackers Cliqz found and automatically blocked on the current page. Here you can also allow or completely restrict the tracking on the current page and temporarily disable Cliqz Anti-Tracking. The switch next to “Enhanced Ad Blocking” lets you turn off the integrated ad blocker for this domain or all websites.

The “Trackers” page lists all data collectors that Cliqz found and automatically blocked on the current page. If you wish, you can manually readjust the settings here. Under “All Trackers” you can define which data collectors you want to block or allow on all pages. You are always in control!

The code optimizations not only make the new Cliqz Browser for iOS faster, but also slimmer. Some rarely used features like the Connect function have been removed. The download size has been reduced by about a third compared to the previous version.

Enjoy even safer and faster browsing with Cliqz. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know.


Add-on permissions

Cliqz for Windows and Mac now lets you easily check add-on permissions

Cliqz for Windows and Mac now lets you easily check add-on permissions

You can now view the permissions of installed extensions in Add-ons Management. This way you can see immediately which settings and data they are allowed to access.

Add-on permissions

Björn Greif
Editor

Since the beginning of the year, you can use your favorite Firefox add-ons in the Cliqz Browser for Windows and Mac. Extensions add useful features to your browser, but they can also slow it down or pose certain privacy and security risks.

Some add-ons require extensive permissions during installation, for example, to access your data for all websites you visit – regardless of whether or not this is necessary for their smooth operation. For more transparency, your Cliqz Browser now shows you all the permissions that installed extensions require in the Add-ons Manager.

Check data access

To open the Add-ons Manager tab, click the menu button in the upper right and choose Add-ons. Alternatively, you can type about:addons in the address bar and hit Enter or simply press Ctrl+Shift+A. In the Add-ons Manager all installed extensions are listed. Right under each add-on name you can see the number of granted permissions.

The number of permissions granted is displayed under the respective add-on name in the Add-ons Manager.
The number of permissions granted is displayed under the respective add-on name in the Add-ons Manager.

When you click on an extension in the list, a description page will open with more information about the granted add-on permissions. This way you can see directly whether add-ons might read or write data you enter in webpages, read data from or access features on your computer, or alter your browser settings.

The detail view provides more information about the granted add-on permissions.
The detail view provides more information about the granted add-on permissions.

You can find a tabular overview of the most frequent permission requests, together with a brief description and explanation, here. So, you can better estimate the practical impact of installed extensions on your data and your browsing experience.

How to minimize the risks associated with add-ons

To minimize the risk that one of your installed extensions may slow down your browser or cause other trouble, you should always pay attention to the requested permissions and, in case of doubt, rather do without a specific add-on. In general, you should keep the list of installed extensions as short as possible. If an add-on is not indispensable or you don’t trust the developer, uninstall it.

Now have fun with your favorite extensions in the Cliqz Browser! If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact our support at any time.


Add-ons für mehr Komfort

10 popular add-ons for more convenient browsing

10 popular add-ons for more convenient browsing

Add useful functions to your Cliqz Browser! The featured add-ons make it easy to block cookie consent notices, translate web pages, get discounts, and more.

Add-ons für mehr Komfort

Björn Greif
Editor

Since the beginning of the year, Cliqz for Windows and Mac allows Firefox add-ons. After introducing ten security and privacy extensions, we now present ten popular add-ons that add convenient features to your browser.

With them you can easily block cookie consent notices, translate web pages, take screenshots, manage tabs, save content to read later, watch YouTube videos, check your spelling and grammar, print web pages or save to PDF, and save money while shopping online.

These add-ons make Cliqz even more powerful

To install an extension in the Cliqz Browser, simply choose it in the Firefox Add-ons Store and click the “Add to Firefox” button.

What you should keep in mind when using add-ons

Cliqz, as a browser manufacturer, has no control over what data installed third-party extensions access. They can always pose certain security and privacy risks and may slow down your browser.

Here are some basic tips for using add-ons:

  1. Keep the list of installed add-ons as short as possible.
  2. Don’t add extensions that you don’t necessarily need or whose developers you don’t trust.
  3. Always pay attention to the requested permissions and, in case of doubt, rather do without a specific add-on.
  4. Regularly remove extensions you no longer use.

By following these tips, you minimize the risk that one of your installed add-ons may slow down your browser or cause other trouble.


Cliqz now allows add-ons

Cliqz now allows add-ons

Use your favorite extensions from the Firefox Add-ons Store in the Cliqz Browser. Note, however, that there are always risks associated with add-ons.

Björn Greif
Editor

Now you can use your favorite extensions from the Firefox Add-ons Store in the Cliqz Browser for Windows and Mac. We’ve added one of our users’ most requested features just before Christmas.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Click the menu button Browser Menu Icon and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager you can seach for specific extensions. You will then be redirected to the Firefox Add-ons Store.
  3. Choose your desired extension and click the „Add to Firefox“ button, to install the add-on in the Cliqz Browser.
  4. Advanced users can also install add-ons directly from an .xpi, .jar or .zip file using the gear icon in the upper-right area of the Add-ons Manager. Select Install Add-on From File… from the menu, then find and select the file.

Proceed with caution when installing add-ons

Before you install all possible extensions in the Cliqz Browser, you should be aware that they can slow down your browser or pose certain privacy and security risks. Cliqz, as a browser manufacturer, has no control over what data installed extensions access.

Some extensions require extensive permissions during the first installation, for example, to read and change your data on websites you visit – regardless of whether or not this is necessary for their smooth operation. If you have granted such a permission to an extension, it can theoretically monitor everything you do online.

How to minimize the risks associated with add-ons

In general, you should keep the list of installed extensions as short as possible. If an add-on is not indispensable or you don’t trust the developer, uninstall it. Furthermore, always pay attention to the requested permissions and, in case of doubt, rather do without a specific add-on. This minimizes the risk that one of your installed extensions may slow down your browser or cause other trouble.

For privacy protection and performance reasons, some extensions that use certain application program interfaces (APIs) cannot be installed in the Cliqz Browser. A list of these blocked extensions and APIs can be found here.

Now have fun with your favorite extensions in the Cliqz Browser! If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact our support at any time.


Cliqz for Windows and Mac now displays privacy statistics

Cliqz for Windows and Mac now displays privacy statistics

On Cliqz Tab you can now see at a glance how much tracking data has been anonymized and how many ads have been blocked. Also find out how much time Cliqz saves you.

Cliqz Tab Privacy Statistics

Björn Greif
Editor

Now you can easily view various privacy statistics in the Cliqz Browser for Windows and Mac when you open a new tab. This gives you better insight into what Cliqz’s intelligent anti-tracking and ad blocking technology actually does for you.

Tracking protection fends off data collectors

The number under “Tracking Data Anonymized“, for example, tells you how many private data points the built-in tracking protection has removed so far to protect your personal data from being transmitted to third-party trackers. You’ll be surprised at how many private data points Cliqz removes in a short time.

Under “Blocked Ads“, you can see how many ads your browser has blocked in total since it was first launched. With the ad blocker turned on, you will benefit from faster loading websites without ads and clutter.

Ad blocker and quick search save you valuable time

Under “Time Saved” you see at a glance how many seconds, minutes or even hours you have saved while browsing with Cliqz. The time savings result from the fact that the quick search engine will get you faster to the desired result and that you don’t have to wait so long for the page to load, thanks to the built-in ad blocker.

Turn on Cliqz Ad-BlockerOf course, this only works if you have activated the ad blocker. If it is turned off, the statistics for “Ads Blocked” are paused and grayed out until you turn it on (again).

Here’s how you turn on the ad blocker:

  1. Open the Control Center by clicking on the ‘Q’ icon to the right of the address bar.
  2. Make sure that the switch for “Ad-block” is set to “ON”.

The statistics can be easily turned on and off using the Cliqz Tab settings. Simply click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of a new tab and customize Cliqz Tab to your liking.


Cliqz for Windows is automatically switched to 64-bit version

Cliqz for Windows is automatically switched to 64-bit version

As announced in mid-February, all users of the 32-bit version will now receive an upgrade to the 64-bit version. This makes the Cliqz Browser even more stable, secure and faster.

The 64-bit version of Cliqz has more security and fewer crashes

Björn Greif
Editor

If you used the 32-bit version of Cliqz for Windows so far, we will automatically migrate your browser to the 64-bit version with the latest update. The only prerequisite is that your computer meets the minimum system requirements: a 64-bit operating system (Windows 7 or higher) and >2 GB RAM. You can continue to use your user profile with all your bookmarks and settings.

What’s the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit?

64-bit applications can access more memory and are less likely to crash than 32-bit applications. The 64-bit architecture also provides better support for a security feature called Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR).

This security mechanism, which is an integral part of any modern operating system, is involved in preventing exploitation of memory corruption vulnerabilities. It guards against buffer-overflow attacks by randomizing the location where system executables are loaded into memory. This makes it far more difficult for attackers to guess the position of processes and functions in memory. If an attacker tries to exploit an incorrect address space location, the target application will crash, stop the attack and alert the system. In this way, ASLR contributes to general system security.

How to reverse the 64-bit update

If for some reason you don’t want to use the 64-bit version of Cliqz for Windows, you can revert to the 32-bit version. Simply download the latest 32-bit version from the Cliqz website and reinstall it. After that, the 32-bit version will no longer automatically be migrated to the 64-bit version.

When downloading from our website, new users will automatically receive the recommended browser version for their system (based on OS and RAM). The same applies to the Cliqz Browser for Mac, which has also been optimized for 64-bit. Windows users have the additional option to manually select the version they wish to install.

Try the 64-bit version of the Cliqz Browser right now. We look forward to your feedback.


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Always up to date with the new Top News Smart Cliqz

Always up to date with the new Top News Smart Cliqz

Cliqz for Windows and Mac now displays the latest top news directly below the address bar. This way you can quickly get an overview of the most important events of the day.

Björn Greif
Editor

Cliqz for Windows and Mac now not only provides you with Top News about the most important events of the day on a new tab, but also displays them as Smart Cliqz directly below the address bar: All you have to do is to enter search queries such as “news”, “breaking news” or “general news”.

The Top News Smart Cliqz always contains three news snippets including headline, teaser text, image, source and time of publication. The news articles displayed correspond to those on Cliqz Tab and are updated hourly. Breaking news are clearly labeled for fast recognition.

All linked articles originate from respected and trustworthy news domains within the respective countries, e.g. New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN for the U.S. or BBC, The Guardian, and Sky News for UK. Clicking on a snippet will take you straight to the full story on the respective news website.

If you are specifically interested in reading articles from the US or British media, you can enter “us news” or “uk news”. You will then receive only articles from the corresponding media outlets of each country. By using queries like “actu” or “noticias” you can directly search for news articles from French or Spanish media.

How the Top News are generated

In order to determine the most relevant news for our users, we first collect and process all articles that were published by trustworthy sources, which we then compare among each other and form clusters around current events. The magnitude of these events, their presence on homepages of different news outlets and their time of publication results into a constantly updated list of Top News.

The Top News Smart Cliqz lets you always be on top of the news. Try it now!


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More customization options: enjoy a dark theme for your Cliqz Browser

More customization options: enjoy a dark theme for your Cliqz Browser

Do you often browse late during the night? Then the dark theme is just the thing for you, because it’s pleasant for your eyes – and it looks awesome!

Björn Greif
Editor

The Cliqz Browser for Windows and Mac now offers new ways to visually adapt it to your needs. A “dark theme” was one of the most requested features, because many users find it more pleasing to the eye. Of course, we were happy to meet this request.

Now you can switch between a light and a dark theme. The latter displays the URL bar, tab bar, toolbars, menus, and the page for customizing the browser UI in black or dark gray. Not only does the dark theme look awesome, but it’s also pleasant for your eyes when you’re browsing the web with Cliqz in a dark environment.

In the first implementation of the dark theme, the coloring of the search drop-down is not yet adjusted. We will do this in a later version.

To enable the dark theme in the Cliqz Browser, follow these steps:

  1. Open a new tab and click on the gear icon in the top right corner to open the Cliqz Tab settings.
  2. Select “Dark” under the Browser theme section.

In the
In the "Customize" menu you can choose between a light and a dark theme.

You may also turn the Cliqz blue of the tab bar on/off. The corresponding option can be found in the Cliqz Tab settings: Simply flip the switch at “Blue browser tab”.

In the same menu you can also select your favorite tab background, hide individual Cliqz tab elements (search bar, most visited sites, favorites, statistics, news) and choose your preferred Top News edition.

Enjoy safe and fast browsing with your customized Cliqz Browser. Do you have any comments, questions or requests? You can contact us at any time via our contact form. Or just shoot us a message on Facebook or Twitter. We are looking forward to your feedback!


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Why the world needs Cliqz

Why the world needs Cliqz

Why is it important and how is it possible to change the way data is collected from users? The tech community found answers to these and other questions at a Meetup in Munich.

Björn Greif
Editor

Last Thursday, we invited the tech community to a Meetup with the motto “Why the world needs Cliqz” to our Munich offices. In a relaxed atmosphere the visitors could inform themselves about the products, projects and philosophy of Cliqz. The focus was on technologies we are using in the Cliqz products, why we are doing this and how we are doing this from a technical perspective. Over delicious food and cool drinks, there was also ample opportunity to exchange ideas.

Did you miss the event or would you like to see all the talks again? No problem! You can find a recording of the livestream on our Facebook page.

Search + Browser + Privacy = Cliqz

In his introductory talk, Jean-Paul Schmetz, founder and CEO of Cliqz, first looked back to the days when the World Wide Web was still “open, anonymous and – in a good way – ugly”. Over the years there have been various dominant browsers, ranging from Mosaic to Netscape, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. So why should it not be possible to overcome Chrome’s current dominant position?

Google owes this position primarily to the fact that they were the first to realize the enormous business potential behind search and that a browser is required because it is the main distribution channel for search. To protect their search from outside influences, Google built Chrome. Basically, all of their services and products serve only one purpose: to defend their search and thus their main revenue stream.

Cliqz founder Jean-Paul Schmetz explained how Google became so dominant.
Cliqz founder Jean-Paul Schmetz explained how Google became so dominant.

When we at Cliqz started developing a search engine, we also quickly discovered that a search needs a browser in order to avoid being dependent on partners. This is why Cliqz quickly became a successful Firefox extension, a fork of Firefox and a mobile browser for Android and iOS. We also knew that we needed web traffic data as seed capital to build a search index. “However, we were surprised and shocked that everything about everyone is on sale, when you decide to spend a meaningful amount of money to buy data,” says Schmetz.

This horrifying discovery led to the decision to equip the Cliqz Browser with an AI-based anti-tracking technology and to block all extensions to protect our users’ data and privacy. With our philosophy of first thinking of the user in everything we do, Cliqz is completely different from the companies that dominate the Internet today and design the web according to their interests and those of the advertising industry.

A different kind of ecosystem

How powerful corporations like Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft have become, was illustrated by Cliqz product manager Oleksandra Karpovych at the beginning of her presentation “Designing a different kind of ecosystem”. At $3.76 trillion, the market capitalization of the “Big Five” now exceeds Germany’s gross domestic product of $3.68 trillion. Only the United States, China and Japan have a higher GDP. The search market has a total value of 92.4 billion dollars, of which Google alone accounts for around 90 percent. Google achieved such a dominant position within the market by tying their users to their ecosystem with supposedly free services. In the end, however, users pay with their private data, which is worth a lot of money to corporations because the data is used to create detailed profiles for advertising purposes.

At Cliqz we of course also want to earn money, but in an ethical way. We have developed a business model that respects the privacy of our users. Unlike Google and others, Cliqz does not store user data centralized on servers in profiles. Instead, we completely moved the data aggregation to the client side. This means that all personal data always remains locally on the device and under the control of the user. We only store anonymous statistics on our servers, which cannot be used to identify individuals or create profiles.

This approach is the foundation of all Cliqz products and features (e.g. our anonymous quick search engine) as well as our GDPR-compliant business model MyOffrz. The latter displays relevant offers to the user directly in the browser. It is the first service that brings together interest-based targeting with consistent data privacy and protection.

Oleksandra's product overview also included the business model MyOffrz.
Oleksandra's product overview also included the business model MyOffrz.

Data-driven anti-tracking

Protecting our users’ privacy is also at the heart of Cliqz’s and Ghostery’s anti-tracking technology that prevents third-party trackers from tracking users across the web to monitor their browsing habits. In his presentation “Data-Driven Anti-tracking”, Sam Macbeth, software engineer at Cliqz Privacy Team, provided a deeper technical insight into tracking methods and various anti-tracking measures.

Simple countermeasures such as blocking third-party cookies often don’t lead to the desired success and also cause site breakage. Therefore, Cliqz Anti-Tracking follows a heuristic approach. It filters out data values that allow an identification of the user, overwrites them with a generic placeholder, and sends this information back to the trackers. This method has the advantage of reducing site breakage and working independently of the tracking method used. It also protects from fingerprinting and new tracking methods. You can find detailed information about Cliqz’s anti-tracking technology in a Techblog article.

Sam showed what Cliqz’s and Ghostery’s tracking protection does every day.
Sam showed what Cliqz’s and Ghostery’s tracking protection does every day.

With the website WhoTracks.me Cliqz and Ghostery offer a transparency tool for online-tracking on the web. It provides structured information on tracking technologies, market structure and data-sharing on the web. There you will find answers to questions such as which websites spy on you the most, which trackers are the most common, and which companies are behind them. The WhoTracks.me data is freely available under the Creative Commons license and includes statistics on over 1000 trackers, 1800 websites and 1700 tracker domains.

What makes the Cliqz Browser unique

Our software engineers Alexander Komarnitskiy and Naira Sahakyan talked about the peculiarities of the Cliqz Browsers, which are available for free download for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. All versions are based on open source browser technologies: Like the desktop versions, the iOS app is based on Firefox. The same will apply to the Android version, which currently uses Lightning as a technical basis. The software code of all Cliqz applications is also open source and publicly accessible on GitHub.

Alexander and Naira introduced the Cliqz browsers and their unique features.
Alexander and Naira introduced the Cliqz browsers and their unique features.

For added value, the Cliqz Browsers offer various privacy and security functions (anti-tracking, anti-phishing, HTTPS Everywhere) as well as some useful additional features. The latter include an adblocker, a video downloader, an automatic forget mode (incognito mode), the P2P-based synchronization feature Connect as well as a new tab page with direct links to most visited or favored websites and curated news. Of course, Cliqz’s anonymous quick search engine is also built-in by default. Once you start typing a search query or website address, quick search displays instant search results right below the entered query. On mobile devices, results are displayed in real time on intelligently designed cards, saving you time and data volume: simply type a query, select a suggested website or swipe left for more results.

Brief history of Cliqz search

Last but not least, Alexandra Konrad, software engineer at the Cliqz Search Core Team, gave an overview on the functionality and the technical basis of the Cliqz search engine. The highest premise in the development of the independent search engine was and is to respect the users and their privacy and thus to do without tracking. This approach differs fundamentally from that of today’s dominant search engines. Google, above all, collects vast amounts of user data via their search and other services, which they merge and process into detailed profiles. Based on these user profiles stored on servers, they display personalized results and search advertising.

Alexandra explained the key advantage of the Cliqz search.
Alexandra explained the key advantage of the Cliqz search.

Cliqz, on the other hand, does not use such profiles stored on servers, as they are simply not necessary to present the most relevant, context-sensitive results to users. This is because the sequence of results can be optimized simply by applying simple statistics and a lot of additional ranking factors. To put it very simply: The URL with the most hits is the best result for a certain search query. Even a selection of website suggestions tailored to individual users is possible. And it can all be done on the client side. This approach allows personalized results while respecting privacy.

Instead of only manually adopted algorithms, Cliqz search increasingly uses data learning techniques to search through the compiled index with a size of approximately 6 TByte for the most suitable results for a query. In 90 percent of the cases, the results are available within 100 milliseconds. The search backend currently runs on three servers in parallel and can answer up to 200 queries per second. The system is highly scalable: up to 1500 requests per second can be processed on seven servers.

The Cliqz quick search always displays the three most relevant results. As this is not sufficient for some search queries, we are currently working on a conventional search engine results page (SERP) with more results. Also in development is a unified index that supports multiple languages to provide the most appropriate results for each country.

Conclusion

Where data is collected in vast amounts and centralized on servers, there are always (unwanted) side effects with a negative impact on privacy. In times of the Internet of Things this is a huge problem. Sensors and processors are already in all kinds of everyday objects, e.g. cars, refrigerators or clothing. It cannot be that all these minicomputers simply communicate back home as trackers do on almost every web page.

“If we cannot fix this problem in the browser, there is little chance that we will fix it in the real world. And this would have horrifying consequences,” says Cliqz founder Jean-Paul Schmetz. “It is necessary to try to fix the problems in the browser (call it OS if you are in the mobile world) because the solution will most likely be the same in the IOT world.” But don’t expect these solutions to come from the companies who benefit most from the problem (like Google and Facebook), nor from the people who depend on them for revenue. Cliqz’s solution approach is the client-side data aggregation, where all personal data remains on the device, owned and controlled by the user.


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World Cup fever? Cliqz treats you with all match info of the FIFA World Cup

World Cup fever? Cliqz treats you with all match info of the FIFA World Cup

The WC widget in the Cliqz browser gives you a quick overview of kick-off times and (live) results. This way you are always up to date, whether at home, in the office or on the go.

Björn Greif
Editor

For the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, we added a World Cup widget powered by kicker online to Cliqz Tab. If you open a new tab in the Cliqz Browser for Windows and Mac, you will now see a soccer ball icon on the upper left. A click on it will give you a quick overview of the current schedule and the latest results. You can also follow the scores of current matches live – for example in the office or on the go.

In the group phase (June 14-28), the World Cup widget displays all matches of the day, the previous day and the following day on separate cards. If you hover over a card, it will be highlighted. The match overview contains all important information: kick-off times, groups, fixtures and results.

For the matches marked as “Live” you always get the current minute of play and the current result. The overview updates automatically every minute or when you click on the refresh button. If you select a game, you will be taken to the corresponding game page on kicker.de with statistics, post-match analysis and further coverage.

At the start of the knockout phase on June 30th, the fixture schedule view changes to a tournament tree. All round of 16 matches, quarter-finals and semi-finals as well as the third-place play-off and the final are listed here – including kick-off times, play times and (live) results, of course.

Always stay up to date – even on mobile

In Cliqz for Android and iOS you just can go to sport.cliqz.com to view our World Cup overview. This way you can keep an eye on the course of the tournament even on the go.

With Cliqz you won’t miss a single goal of the World Cup and you’ll always be well informed. May the best team win!


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Logo: Bitwarden

Password manager Bitwarden now available in Cliqz Browser

Password manager Bitwarden now available in Cliqz Browser

Bitwarden is open source and offers similar functionality as LastPass. We have audited the add-on before integrating it into our browser to ensure that it does not endanger our users’ privacy.

Logo: Bitwarden

Björn Greif
Editor

The open source password manager Bitwarden is now available as an optional add-on in the Cliqz Browser for Windows and Mac. The functionality and security level of the new extension are very similar to the additionally supported LastPass.

Bitwarden offers a secure password generator and an encrypted vault for logins, secure notes, credit card data, and identities. You can easily import your data from other password manager applications. Stored data can be synchronized between multiple devices and platforms (including Android and iOS). Two-step authentication and auto-fill (still experimental) are also supported.

Before being transmitted to the Bitwarden servers, your logins are encrypted locally on your device. They are sealed with end-to-end AES-256 bit encryption, salted hashing and PBKDF2 SHA-256. Only you have access to your data, not even the Bitwarden team can read it.

Integration only after strict review

As LastPass, HTTPS Everywhere, and Ghostery Bitwarden also had to undergo a strict auditing process before being integrated into the Cliqz Browser. However, despite careful verification of the source code we ultimately have no control over what data third-party extensions might access.

To install Bitwarden in Cliqz, you must first open the browser settings. To do this, click on the burger menu (the three horizontal lines) in the upper right corner and select “Options“. Then select the “Privacy & Security” tab on the left. In the “Browser Privacy” section you will find the Bitwarden icon under “Password Managers“. Click on the “Install” button to the right of the icon to start the download.

Bitwarden in Cliqz

With anti-tracking, ad-blocking and video downloader Cliqz offers many built-in features that are only available as add-ons for other browsers. We are also constantly working towards new solutions to make the most popular features available in the Cliqz Browser in a secure way.

If you want to use key Cliqz features such as quick search and anti-tracking together with add-ons that are not yet supported by the Cliqz Browser for Windows and Mac, you can switch to Cliqz for Firefox. In the Mozilla browser, Cliqz and other extensions can be used in parallel.


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Cliqz quick search ES IT UK (Icons by Freepik www.flaticon.com)

Cliqz quick search available for more countries

Cliqz quick search available for more countries

Our own search engine now also provides results for Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. This brings the number of supported countries to six.

Cliqz quick search ES IT UK (Icons by Freepik www.flaticon.com)

Björn Greif
Editor

Cliqz is forging ahead with its internationalization: the quick search built into the Cliqz Browser now also provides results for Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. They complement the results already available for Germany, France and the United States. Support for other countries is already planned, including the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland.

In the Cliqz Browser for Windows and Mac, you can specify in the Control Center (Q icon next to the URL bar) under “Search Options” for which country you would like to see results. Simply select the desired option from the drop-down menu under “Search Results for”.

We operate a dedicated search index for each country. Each index is maintained separately and constantly improved by us. You can help us by reporting outdated or inaccurate search results and inadequate website content.

Cliqz’s mobile apps do not yet support the additional countries (the latest iOS version 1.11.0 partly as beta feature). Mobile integration takes a little longer since we are currently replacing the entire code base of the Android and iOS app.

Search quickly and anonymously with Cliqz

The built-in quick search is – besides our AI-powered anti-tracking technology – a unique feature of the Cliqz Browser. It works independently of all other search providers.

Once you start typing a search query or website address, quick search displays instant search results right below the entered query. This way you get directly to a website without taking the detour through a search engine results page with ad links.

At the same time, you always remain anonymous with quick search. Cliqz offers a counter-concept to those of search engine providers that store search data and use data from other sources to compile detailed user profiles. But if you prefer, you can also use a complementary search engine of your choice, such as DuckDuckGo, Qwant or StartPage.

Cliqz for Desktop is available as a standalone browser for Windows and macOS and as a Firefox extension. You can download it for free.


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Incognito mode is not private at all

Did you know that incognito mode is not private at all?

Did you know that incognito mode is not private at all?

Many people mistakenly think that they browse anonymously in incognito mode. In fact, the private browsing mode alone does not prevent websites from gathering information about you and your online activities. We explain what it really does and what it does not.

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Björn Greif
Editor

Whether it’s called “Incognito Mode”, “Private Browsing” or “InPrivate Browsing” – all modern browsers feature a private mode. Due to the naming, however, many users expect more from it than it actually does.

The private mode does not ensure that you are completely anonymous on the web. It does not hide your identity from the rest of the world, but only your online activities from other people using your device. Website operators, your Internet service provider (ISP) or your employer can still track which pages you have visited or what information you have submitted.

It’s like closing the door in a shared apartment but leaving the window open. Your flat mates will no longer be able to see what you are doing behind your locked door, but everyone who is looking through your window from the outside will be able to see you. This has nothing to do with real privacy.

What happens in private mode?

To make browsing easier for you, modern browsers usually remember which websites you have visited and store cookies, passwords or form data. This way, you can quickly reaccess pages that you have visited before and you don’t have to re-enter your data each time you visit a login page, for example.

“Forget Tab” in Cliqz for Android
“Forget Tab” in Cliqz for Android

When you enable private mode, the browser does not store such information locally on your device. Visited sites no longer appear in the browsing history and cookies, form or cache data will be stored only until the end of your browser session. However, this only prevents other users of your device from seeing the pages you visited by looking at your browsing history.

Basically, the private mode feature is useful if you share a device with someone and want to hide your browsing activities from them. For example, you can search online for a gift for your sweetheart without having to worry about him or her stumbling across it in your browsing history. The same applies for adult sites, which Cliqz automatically opens in private mode aka “Forget Mode”.

Cliqz protects your privacy online

It should be noted, however, that private mode alone does not provide any protection online. It does not prevent websites from gathering information about you and your online activities.

The Cliqz Browser therefore provides built-in tracking protection, which is active by default in both standard and forget mode. Our AI-powered anti-tracking technology reliably protects users from being identified by cookies or fingerprinting. It detects when a third-party tracker tries to retrieve unique identifiers or values that could be used as such and replaces the requested data with a generic placeholder. This ensures that your identity and privacy on the web is always protected.

You can download the Cliqz Browser free of charge for Windows and macOS as well as for Android and iOS.


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Stay on top of the news! Separate Top News editions for U.S. and UK on Cliqz Tab

Stay on top of the news! Separate Top News editions for U.S. and UK on Cliqz Tab

Now you are able to consume country-based media in English language. Simply select the desired edition of Top News in the updated Cliqz Tab settings.

You can now choose a separate U.S. or UK edition in Cliqz Tab settings.

Björn Greif
Editor

We further improved the Top News section on Cliqz Tab. Now you can choose a separate U.S. or UK edition instead of the International version. The U.S. version features U.S. media only, the UK edition features UK news outlets only. If you prefer a healthy mix of the most trustworthy U.S. and UK media outlets, you can continue using the International version that is still available.

How to change the Top News edition

If desired, you can change the language aka edition of Top News that are displayed in your browser. This may come in handy if you prefer to read news in a language other than your browser language (what’s the default setting).

The option can be found at the bottom of the Cliqz Tab settings menu. Open it by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right corner of a new tab. Via the menu, you can switch between German media, German media in English, French media, UK media, U.S. media and International media (UK & U.S. media mixed).

In the Cliqz Browser for Windows and macOS as well as for new users of Cliqz for Firefox, Cliqz Tab is activated by default. In Firefox, Cliqz Tab can be switched on and off at will in the Cliqz Control Center (see screenshot).

We hope you enjoy browsing with Cliqz. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback.


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64-bit version of Cliqz for Windows now available

64-bit version of Cliqz for Windows now available

The 64-bit browser runs even more stable and faster than the 32-bit version. It is also better protected against attacks. Users can download the 64-bit version for Windows from our website.

The 64-bit version of Cliqz has more security and fewer crashes

Björn Greif
Editor

As of the latest version 1.18.0, the Cliqz Browser for Windows is now available in a 64-bit version. Compared to the 32-bit version, it offers more stability and higher performance. The minimum system requirements are a 64-bit operating system (Windows 7 or higher) and at least 3 GB of RAM. To find out if your computer is running a 64-bit version of Windows, visit this Microsoft help page.

What’s the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit?

64-bit applications can access more memory and are less likely to crash than 32-bit applications. The 64-bit architecture also provides better support for a security feature called Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR).

This security mechanism, which is an integral part of any modern operating system, is involved in preventing exploitation of memory corruption vulnerabilities. It guards against buffer-overflow attacks by randomizing the location where system executables are loaded into memory. This makes it far more difficult for attackers to guess the position of processes and functions in memory. If an attacker tries to exploit an incorrect address space location, the target application will crash, stop the attack and alert the system. In this way, ASLR contributes to general system security.

How do you get the 64-bit version of Cliqz?

For the time being, the 64-bit version of Cliqz for Windows is only available for download on our website. You can install it in parallel to the 32-bit version. With a future update, existing users of the 32-bit version will soon be automatically switched to the 64-bit version if their computer meets the minimum requirements. You can continue to use your user profile with all your bookmarks and settings.

When downloading from our website, the recommended browser version (based on operating system version and RAM) will be installed automatically. The same applies to the Cliqz Browser for Mac, which has been optimized for 64-bit for some time. Windows users also have the option to manually select the version they wish to install.

Try the 64-bit version of Cliqz for Windows right now. We look forward to your feedback.


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New Video Downloader

Downloading videos to your mobile device via Connect just got easier

Downloading videos to your mobile device via Connect just got easier

We added a new interface with additional features to the Video Downloader built into the Cliqz Browser. You can now choose between different formats  when downloading videos from your desktop to your smartphone or tablet. Establishing a connection between your devices also got a whole lot easier.

New Video Downloader

Björn Greif
Editor

We improved the Video Downloader built into the Cliqz Browser, which allows you to easily download YouTube videos via Connect. Now you can choose between different formats not only when downloading to your computer, but also to a connected mobile device.

If you open a YouTube video in the Cliqz Browser and click on the new Video Downloader icon in the address bar a new dialog opens. In this dialog, you first determine whether you want to download the clip to your computer or to a mobile device connected via Connect. Next, you can specify the desired format and the video resolution for the download. Previously, videos were automatically downloaded to a mobile device at the lowest available resolution. A click on the “Download” button starts the download.

Videos are usually available in container format MP4 with 360p or 720p. The selection can vary from clip to clip, however, depending on the resolution provided by YouTube or the copyright owner of the video. The higher the chosen video resolution, the larger the download file will be. If desired, you can download the audio track of a video and save it as an audio file. This is useful for music clips or concert recordings. Normally the audio-only format is M4A with a bit rate of 128 Kbps.

On Windows, Mac and Android, the downloaded file can be found in the folder specified for downloads in the browser settings. On iOS, the file is automatically saved in the video folder of the Photos app. Please note that downloading via a mobile connection will affect your data volume. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to download longer videos via a Wi-Fi connection. In the general settings of the Cliqz app there is a download option “Limit mobile data usage” which ensures that videos are only downloaded on Wi-Fi. This option is activated by default.

Send open tabs

While your desktop and mobile browsers are connected, you can send websites from your computer to your mobile device. Just right-click on the web page and select “Send Tab to Mobile” from the menu. This will open the page in a new tab on the connected mobile device. The function comes in handy, for example, if you start reading an article at home and want to continue reading it while on the move.

On Android, data exchange also works in the opposite direction: To send a tab opened in the Cliqz app to your desktop browser, just select “Send tab to desktop” in the three-point menu.

Simplified Connect setup

If your smartphone or tablet is not yet connected to your desktop browser, the new Video Downloader dialog will display a download guide for the Cliqz app and a QR code. Thanks to the QR code, you can directly establish a connection without the detour via the browser settings – provided you have installed Cliqz on your computer and mobile device:

  1. Run the Cliqz app, open the triple-dot menu and select “Connect”.
  2. Tap on the plus icon in the lower right corner and scan the QR code.
  3. If the scan was successful, both devices are now connected. The connected state will be displayed on both the desktop and the mobile device.

Connected devices communicate with each other until you remove the connection. So you don’t have to pair them again each time you want to share a website or a YouTube video between devices. However, you should ensure that both devices have access to the internet and the mobile device is active, i.e. not in sleep mode.

Check out the updated Connect settings in your Cliqz Browser to see if it’s currently connected to your mobile device. If this is the case, you’ll also get an overview of the Connect functions available on your mobile device such as download videos, receive tabs and send tabs (only Android). If you have not yet connected your mobile browser to your desktop browser, the features are greyed out.

If your devices are connected, you will see all features available on your mobile device in the Connect settings.
If your devices are connected, you will see all features available on your mobile device in the Connect settings.

No user account required

Unlike synchronization features in other browsers, Connect does not require a user account and data is not routed through a third-party server. Instead, we use a peer-to-peer method. This keeps your privacy and data safe.

Connect and Video Downloader are part of Cliqz for Windows and macOS as well as Cliqz for Android and iOS. You can download the newest desktop versions directly from our website. The mobile versions are available in Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store.


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Cliqz for Android and iOS: more performance and convenience functions

Cliqz for Android and iOS: more performance and convenience functions

Under-the-hood optimizations significantly improve responsiveness. Cliqz Tab now displays additional news on request. Android users can enjoy a quick access bar, reader mode and customization options for Cliqz Tab.

Cliqz for Android 1.6.0

Björn Greif
Editor

We released new versions of our mobile browsers. You can download Cliqz 1.6.0 for Android from Google Play. Cliqz 1.8.0 for iOS is available free of charge in Apple’s App Store. In addition to security and stability improvements, the updates introduce new features improving performance as well as usability.

Native implementation of search, history and favorites ensures better performance. These under-the-hood changes result in a noticeably faster responsiveness of the Android and iOS app. Cliqz for Android now shows you up to five result cards instead of a maximum of three: These five result cards are composed of three search results and – if available – two entries from your browser history. This will get you to where you want to go even faster.

Easier to use

The most striking new feature is the quick access bar, which appears above the keyboard. It allows you to directly access open tabs, history, and favorites. The same sections can be found in the overview, which you open by tapping the tab icon on the address bar. Here you can quickly switch between the different sections. Individual tabs can now be closed in the “Open Tabs” section by either wiping to the side or by tapping the x in the upper right corner.

In reader mode, you can fully focus on the text.
In reader mode, you can fully focus on the text.

The new reader mode induces an even higher level of convenience. It hides distracting elements of a web page so that you can focus on the text. The reader mode can be switched on and off using the icon to the left of the tab icon in the address bar.

More news and customization options for Cliqz Tab

If you like to read the latest news in Cliqz Browser, you will not only be pleased with the reader mode, but also with the option to display more news directly on Cliqz Tab. All you have to do is tap the small white arrow on the right side of the news box and additional messages will appear. This works both on Android and iOS.

If you don’t want to see any news on Cliqz Tab, you can now disable them in the general settings of the mobile apps, just like in the desktop version of Cliqz. The same applies to the shortcuts to your most visited websites on Cliqz Tab.

We have also revised the options for deleting the entire browser history and for clearing private data whenever you exit the browser. They can still be found in the privacy settings of the Android version, but are now more comprehensible.

Enhanced Android support

Another change is particularly interesting for owners of older Android devices who are not provided with OS updates anymore: From now on, Cliqz also supports Android versions under 5.0 Lollipop. However, you must have at least Android 4.1 KitKat installed on your phone to use the Cliqz Browser. In addition, we now support the 3D Touch function introduced with Android Nougat: press and hold the Cliqz icon on the home screen and a dynamic context menu will open.

On iOS it’s now possible to open links from other apps in the Cliqz Browser. For example, if you’ve opened an URL in Safari, you can easily send it to Cliqz via the share menu and open it. Unfortunately, this does not yet work with links in emails.

All the mentioned innovations together with Cliqz’ quick search make browsing a faster and more convenient experience. Our anti-tracking and other security features further make sure that your privacy is protected in the best possible way.

We are looking forward to your feedback! Share your opinion about the new features by simply dropping us a line on Facebook.


Cliqz 1.17 based on Firefox Quantum

Faster, safer, slicker: Cliqz 1.17 based on Firefox Quantum now available

Faster, safer, slicker: Cliqz 1.17 based on Firefox Quantum now available

A new technical framework ensures significantly higher performance with lower memory usage. The user interface has also been optimized and security has been improved.

Cliqz 1.17 based on Firefox Quantum

Björn Greif
Editor

Cliqz Browser for Windows and macOS becomes even faster, safer and slicker. The latest version 1.17 contains all important innovations of Firefox Quantum (aka Firefox 57), the biggest update in the history of the Mozilla browser. Cliqz’s trusted Quick Search and AI-powered Anti-Tracking, which reliably protects against tracking without breaking websites functionalities, come on top. In addition, the blocklist-based anti-tracking tool Ghostery and the password manager LastPass can be activated as optional extensions. Support for HTTPS Everywhere and an adblocker continue to be part of the Cliqz package, of course.

More speed

Cliqz 1.17 is the fastest Cliqz Browser ever. The latest version unlocks its performance advantages, especially if your computer has a processor with two or more CPU cores. Then you’ll benefit from a quicker browser start, noticeably faster responsiveness and shorter page load times – particularly if you work with many open tabs at the same time. This is made possible by optimized parallelization: The workload is distributed to available CPU cores in such a way that they make optimum use of their computing power and thus process tasks faster.

This, however, does not come at the expense of memory consumption. On the contrary, with Quantum CSS aka Stylo, a new CSS engine has been introduced that significantly reduces RAM usage. The CSS engine is part of the browser’s rendering engine Gecko, which is responsible for displaying a website on the screen. Stylo also takes advantage of modern hardware, parallelizing the work across all of the CPU cores on your machine. This means it can run up to 2 or 4, or even 18 times faster. Learn more about the underlying technology in a detailed blog post from Mozilla.

In benchmark tests, Firefox Quantum turned out to be the browser with the lowest memory usage on Windows 10. It leaves Google’s Chrome and Microsoft’s Edge far behind. On macOS, Firefox Quantum and Chrome are about even, but clearly ahead of Apple’s Safari. On Linux, the new Firefox doesn’t even consume half as much RAM as Chrome. Cliqz Browser achieves similar results as it always uses the latest Firefox version as technical basis.

Memory benchmark tests show that Firefox Quantum mostly uses considerably less RAM than its competitors (Graphics: Eric Rahm).

Modern user interface

The first time they open the latest Cliqz Browser, experienced users will immediately notice the new interface design with updated icons. It was developed by Mozilla under the name Photon and adopted by Cliqz. The completely redesigned main menu (aka “hamburger” menu) is now more clearly structured so that you can find the options you are looking for more quickly. For example, you can go directly to Connect settings via the top menu item.

The new hamburger menu of Cliqz 1.17
The new hamburger menu of Cliqz 1.17

For page-specific actions, there is a new menu within the address bar, which you can open by clicking on the three dots. For example, you can use it to send a link by e-mail or to send the active tab to your mobile device via Cliqz Connect. The Video Downloader icon for downloading YouTube videos now also appears within the address bar.

An alternative to the classic bookmarks menu is the new library menu, which also allows fast access to downloads and history. By default, the download button is now only visible while a download is running. Using the “Customize” option in the hamburger menu, you can set up Cliqz your own way: just drag and drop features in and out of your toolbar or overflow menu. Customize also includes a new mode for touch screen devices. If you activate it, important controls such as the tab bar or the navigation bar are magnified to make it easier to use with your fingers.

More control

There are also some changes in the browser settings menu. In the Privacy & Security section you now find a permissions management. Here you can specify which websites are allowed to access your device’s location, camera or microphone or to send you notifications. Another new option prevents accessibility services from accessing your browser. Accessibility services are screen readers or screen magnifiers that make it easier for people with visual impairment to operate the device. These apps, which are useful in themselves, may negatively impact browsing performance on the one hand and may be misused to monitor your browsing activity on the other hand.

The preferences menu provides additional privacy options.
The preferences menu provides additional privacy options.

New settings for site data provide you with an overview of web pages that store data locally on your computer. You can delete this data either individually or completely.

Improved security

Last but not least, Cliqz 1.17 integrates all of Firefox 57’s security updates, fixing a total of 15 vulnerabilities, three of which Mozilla has identified as critical. If not for all the new stuff, you should at least consider security and update your browser as soon as possible.

You can download Cliqz free of charge for Windows and macOS. To take advantage of all the built-in features such as Connect, you should also install the Cliqz app for Android or iOS on your smartphone or tablet.


Cliqz Browser protects against stealthy cryptocurrency mining

Cliqz Browser protects against stealthy cryptocurrency mining

The built-in ad blocker prevents websites from abusing your computer’s resources to mine cryptocurrency in the background without your knowledge.

Björn Greif
Editor

The built-in ad blocker in Cliqz Browser not only reliably blocks unwanted ads. It also prevents websites from secretly hijacking your computer’s resources to mine cryptocurrencies. Some website operators are already using this new method to generate revenue.

Update, 29.01.2018: Even on YouTube you are not safe from stealthy cryptocurrency mining. Several ads on Google’s video platform ran a mining script in the background that used the computing power of visitors to mine the Monero cryptocurrency. The ads were online for about a week, according to Ars Technica. Cliqz users with activated ad blocker are protected against this.

The mining of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero or Zcash has become a real hype. But what are cryptocurrencies? They are based on the idea of a mostly decentralized, distributed and cryptographically secured payment system. Cryptocurrencies are not managed centrally by a bank, but exclusively by private individuals and transferred directly between individual users using the peer-to-peer method.

To dive into the complex functioning of cryptocurrencies in detail would take us too far afield. However, it’s important to understand that a huge amount of processing power is required for crypto mining. Some website operators try to obtain the needed processing power by using the system resources of their website’s visitors.

A prominent example is The Pirate Bay. In September, the torrent tracker had installed a Coinhive script on its website, which uses the CPU power of visitors to mine the Monero cryptocurrency. Since the The Pirate Bay operators had failed to point out the experiment, many puzzled users complained at Reddit about an unusually high CPU workload when visiting the site.

Cliqz’s ad blocker uses a filter list which contains scripts like Coinhive’s. These scripts are blocked automatically so that they cannot tap into your CPU’s processing power without your knowledge. The filter list will be expanded in the future as new mining scripts come to light.

Cliqz is available as Firefox extension and as standalone browser for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. The download is free of charge.


Tutorial: Automatically delete private data on exiting Cliqz for Android

Tutorial: Automatically delete private data on exiting Cliqz for Android

In order for the automatic deletion to work, the browser must be terminated properly. We explain how to do it.


Björn Greif
Editor

With Cliqz for Android, it’s possible to automatically have all tabs closed and all private data such as cache, cookies and history deleted from your device on exiting the browser. For this to work, it’s necessary to close the app properly. This tutorial explains how to proceed correctly.

  1. Open the menu in Cliqz Browser by tapping the three dots in the upper right corner.
  2. Select “Settings”.

Open settings

  1. Tap “Privacy”.

Open privacy menu

  1. Scroll down to the bottom and tap “Clear private data on exit“. On the next screen, check “Open Tabs“, “History“,”Cookies” and “Cache“. Confirm by tapping “Set“.

Select privacy options

It’s important that you quit the Cliqz app completely after you’re done browsing. However, this doesn’t work as generally assumed by simply swiping away the app in the Android app overview. This closes the app and stops its last activity, but keeps some background processes of the app running. Therefore, when you close Cliqz by swiping to the side, the private data will not be deleted automatically, even if you have checked the corresponding checkboxes in the privacy settings.

To allow Cliqz Browser to automatically clear private data on exit as desired, you have to close it via the menu. That’s how it works:

  1. Open the triple-dot menu in Cliqz Browser.
  2. Tap „Exit“. Done!

Exit Cliqz

The next time you start Cliqz Browser, all data for the selected options in the privacy settings should be gone.