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Maxthon is a hybrid web browser that uses the WebKit engine for displaying web pages and the Trident engine for non-standard pages. On July 14, 2016, Exatel security experts discovered that the browser behaves like spyware — it spies on users.
It has both the standard features of modern browsers (tabbed browsing, blocking ads and pop-ups, quick launch thumbnails, proxies), and those that are not available in most products without the corresponding plugins installed (mouse gestures, synchronization of settings via the Internet, work in the cloud, search aliases systems, loading pages) in advance (DNS preselection), Multiwearchowarka and many others).
On July 14, 2016, Exatel security experts discovered that the browser was behaving like spyware.
Maxthon, without the user’s consent or even with explicit objection from the user, sends a series of data about browser usage, installed plug-ins and the contents of the user’s computer to Chinese servers — all the addresses of the visited websites, the keywords that were searched, as well as information about the operating system and all programs installed on the computer. along with their exact versions. The manufacturer has not reported sending such a wide range of information, and it has not yet been made public; it also did not allow the transmission of this data to be disabled.
This data is sent encrypted, but due to the chosen encryption method (using a permanent key stored in the program code — the same for all users), they allow users to intercept and read information about their computer by hackers and attack them.