Email re: Viasat browser

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We currently use Chrome, have android phones that share sign in.  Does the new browser that Viasat is encouraging give noticeably better performance.  I've been happy with Chrome for years.
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Wayne Sharaf

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Steve Frederick, Champion

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My experience is that the Viasat Browser provides better performance than Chrome. Pages load faster, and it does a great job of limiting ads too.
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Andy Schack

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Major league dittos Steve.

I use the Viasat browser and find it superior to any other out there. 

Andy
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Wayne Sharaf

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Thanks!  Will have to consider changing.  Any hiccups I should watch for?
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Andy Schack

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Nothing really. I've got the ad blocker turned on so I occasionally have to click on the uBlock Origin icon towards the upper right corner and unblock a page for all the functions to work properly.

I think one of the primary reasons the Viasat browser works so well is that its SOLE job is to get you on the page you want to go to with no monetary benefit to tracking the crap out of your every move like the other browsers out there. 

Andy
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Hi Andy, If you happen to run into the need to unblock a page again to get it to render, please let us know by emailing browser@viasat.com and we will add the site to our whitelist.  By the way, in addition to blocking ads, malware and privacy trackers are also being blocked.
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By "render"...what exactly do you mean? Sorry but I've never heard that term used before in relation to pulling web pages. Don't know if you don't ask, right?

The reason I had to "unlock" a page was to get it to function correctly.....usually a financial web page....credit card, etc. I've also had to do it with virtually any web site I'm ordering from. It's really NOT an issue, just something I thought worth mentioning. 

Andy
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More and more pages are getting to where they won't load if you block the ads that fund them - more places I won't go online. If I am forced to view data hogging ads, I don't need that site that badly and, they get a not so nice email explaining why I don't want ads eating my data.
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Andy, When a web page is loaded, there are a number of processing steps involved.  The last one is the rendering or painting of the page content onto the display.
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I agree, the Viasat Browser is faster and, it does wonderfully well at blocking add. Chrome extensions work with it as well so, that's a plus for Chrome users. You can also get the extension to block HTML5 video from auto loading, another data saver.

I'd recommend switching from Chrome to Viasat Browser. Not a single hiccup with it and, I've been using it exclusively since it was in beta testing.
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Hi Wayne, We are working on an Android version and hope to launch it in the next few months.  We don't currently support our own cross-platform password management but plan to inter-operate with multiple cross-platform password management solutions.
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That's good news about an Android version. That's the main reason why I haven't switched to the Viasat browser.