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Zoho Launches Privacy-Centred Web Browser, Ulaa


Zoho Corporation, the Indian tech company building enterprise management solutions has launched Ulaa, a privacy-centric browser,  to safeguard users’ personal data.

Launched today, the browser comes with some in-built capabilities like universal block tracking and website surveillance among other features. 

With Ulaa, users can also sync the browsing sessions between devices: Either an entire browser window or a singular tab

In a statement, Veerakumar Natarajan, Country Head, Zoho Kenya said not many browsers on the market today are built to protect user privacy. ”They were created to protect respective company’s ad-based business models and surveillance companies that complement them. This conflict between user’s preferences and browser’s business models means end users lose,” he said.
“With Ulaa, users don’t have to compromise their privacy to browse the web, which unfortunately has become a surveillance minefield. Zoho’s commitment to privacy and a privacy-centric business model allows us to offer a conflict-free, privacy-centric browser,” he added. 

The company adds that Ulaa does not track or share user data with any third parties.  ”DNS Prefetching is prohibited in Ulaa, so data cannot be cached, nor can motion sensors to track mouse movement and clicks. Ad and data tracking blockers in Ulaa prevent unauthorized push notifications, pop-ups, and time tracking.”

Ulaa also disables the API that allows websites to connect and communicate with devices connected to your computer or wifi network.

The browser also comes with integrated productivity apps, including Zia Search for existing Zoho users, Text2Speech, and Zoho Notebook, a dedicated note-taking space that works across all tabs. Ulaa includes Annotator, a new, built-in feature that can add annotations directly to web pages and images.

Ulaa will be available for free for all, and its desktop version is available for download here. The iOS and Android versions are currently in beta and available for download.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech and African startups. Founder and Editor of TechTrends Media. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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