12 Picks from 2019 to kick off the new year
Happy New Year everyone! The year 2019 has ended and I thought it would be nice to provide you with my top picks of articles and reviews that we published here on Ghacks in the past 12 months.
To make things more interesting, I decided to provide some stats and add the top commented article of the month as well.
Ashwin joined the ranks of Ghacks writers in 2019 and has put out great articles in 2019.
It would be great if you could list articles that you liked the most here on Ghacks in the comments.
We published a total if 93 articles in January 2019. The three most popular articles based on the comments they received were the following ones:
- Basilisk browser drops WebExtension support
- Chrome Extension Manifest V3 could end uBlock Origin for Chrome
- A look at Firefox's new about:config page
All three were about browser changes and the discussion was quite heated.
My top pick is the guide on resetting Windows 10 account passwords.
We published a total of 83 articles in February 2019. The three top articles based on comments were:
- How to remove DarkMatter Certificates from Firefox
- Microsoft: Don't buy Office 2019
- Pale Moon 28.4.0 released: security and stability update
Two of them about browsers, one about Microsoft's attempts at convincing customers to subscribe to Office 365 instead of purchasing Office 2019.
My top pick described my journey to drop all entertainment (streaming) subscriptions.
A total of 82 articles were published in March 2019. The three top articles based on user comments were:
- This is the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser
- StartPage beats Google Search in test. Reason? Privacy
- The new Skype for Web does not work in Firefox or Opera
Again two browser based articles and one article about privacy. Microsoft did reveal the upcoming Edge browser that is based on Chromium in that month.
My topic pick in March 2019 was my review of VeraCrypt 1.24 which introduced lots of important improvements to the encryption software.
We published 93 articles in April 2019. The three articles that received the most comments were:
- Mozilla plans to enable Hyperlink Ping Tracking by Default in Firefox
- Oh look, another broken Windows update! KB4493472 and KB4493446 causing issues
- Which Firefox extensions would you like to see promoted by Mozilla?
Two articles about Firefox and one about updates that broke functionality in Windows (again).
My top pick was the fix for Chrome blocking multimedia keys which was an annoying issue that many Chrome users faced.
We published a total of 93 articles on Ghacks in May 2019. The top three articles were:
- Your Firefox extensions are all disabled? That's a bug!
- What Mozilla needs to do now (after cert add-on disabling disaster)
- Firefox 69: userChrome.css and userContent.css disabled by default
All three were about Firefox issues and Mozilla decisions.
My top pick is a story about Gmail tracking purchases and how it is impossible to stop the service from doing so.
We published a total of 92 different articles on Ghacks in June 2019. The top three articles based on comments were:
- Mozilla might launch Firefox Premium in 2019
- VLC Media Player 3.0.7 released: security updates and improvements
- Firefox Preview 1.0 (Fenix) is now available
Again two Firefox/Mozilla articles, one about attempts to diversify the organization's revenue stream, the other about the upcoming new Firefox for Android browser.
My pick for June 2019 is the article about Mozilla enabling Tracking Protection by default in Firefox.
Ashwin joined the ranks and articles increased to 101 in July 2019 as a consequence. The top three articles based on comments were the following ones in July 2019:
- Best Linux Distro for Windows 7 Refugees: Manjaro KDE
- Firefox 68.0 release information
- Pale Moon's Archive Server hacked and used to spread malware
Two browser articles and one review of a Linux distribution that may be suitable for Windows 7 users who face end of support in January 2020.
My top pick is my guide on downloading and installing Windows updates manually.
We continued to hit the over-100 mark in published articles with 106 in total. The three most commented articles of August 2019 here on Ghacks were:
- What do you associate with certain web browsers?
- Goodbye Firefox Quantum, Hello Firefox Browser
- Chrome 76: no more https or www in address bar
Articles about browsers continue to get many comments.
My top pick for August 2019 is the look at Thunderbird 68.0, a massive update.
We published a total of 100 articles in September 2019. The three top articles of September 2019 are:
- Mozilla plans to roll out DNS over HTTPS to US users in late September 2019
- Sandbox program Sandboxie is now freeware (soon open source)
- Mozilla will release a new Firefox version every 4 weeks from 2020 on
Sandboxie becoming freeware (and open source) was great news in September 2019.
My top pick for September 2019 is my comparison of free archivers to find the best tool for the job.
We published 109 articles in October 2019. The top three articles of October 2019 based on the comments they received were:
- Ghacks has a new owner, and that is good for everyone
- The end of uBlock Origin for Google Chrome?
- Waterfox development splits into Classic and Current branches
Ghacks became part of Softonic and the announcement got lots of comments. Google's continued push to Manifest V3 and the potential impact for ad-blockers was a hot topic as well.
My top pick for October 2019 is that Mozilla started to work on native translation integration in Firefox.
We published 98 articles in November 2019. The top three articles based on comments were:
- Microsoft has no plans to make future Windows 10 updates like Windows 10 1909
- Startpage Search owner changes raise serious questions
- Here is why free upgrades to Windows 10 still work
Windows 10 and privacy dominate the articles in November 2019,
My top pick of the month is Microsoft will integrate DNS over HTTPS in Windows 10.
We published 104 articles in December 2019. The top three based on comments were:
- Someone found a way to bypass Windows 7 Extended Security Updates checks
- Mozilla removes site specific user-agent override option from Firefox 71
- Mozilla removes all Avast Firefox extensions
Ashwin got his first top commented article this month. Congrats.
My top pick for December 2019 is Google removes options to always show www in the Chrome browser's address bar
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