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Freedom and the Web: How does Maxthon Use Your Personal Information?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Freedom and the Web

How does Maxthon Use Your Personal Information?

Here at Maxthon, we understand the need for privacy and how important it is to our users. So before we jump into a broader ‘Privacy 101’ series of articles we thought it wise to share with you what Maxthon products do regarding data collection and how we as a company manage that data.

We may collect some personal information in order to personalize your web browsing experience while understanding you better as a consumer. This information can be used to better understand your needs and wants, and enable us to provide software updates and product announces.  In that way we are no different from any other web browser.

We understand many users want to keep this information and browsing history private and secure. Maxthon strongly believes that your browsing history is your business. This is why we take a number of steps to ensure our users feel like their web browsing experience is their own and isn’t being shared with the world.

Here are a few ways Maxthon has approached privacy and what we use user’s personal information for:

Disclosure:

We DO NOT use or disclose information about your individual use of Maxthon or information that you may give us, such as your name, address, email address or telephone number, to any outside companies or governmental agencies.

Geo-Location Information:

Some Devices allow applications to access real-time location-based information (for example, GPS). Our applications do not collect such information.  

Analytics:

Maxthon collects some information (ourselves or using third party services) using logging and cookies, which can sometimes be correlated with Personal Information. We use this information for the above purposes and to monitor and analyze use of  our browsers,  to increase their functionality and ease of use, and to verify users have the authorization needed for the Service to process their requests.

Your Use:

We will display your Personal Information in your profile page and elsewhere on our Services according to the preferences you set in your account. Any information you choose to provide should reflect how much you want others to know about you.

Changing or Deleting Your Information:

If you are a registered user, you may review, update and correct the Personal Information provided in your registration or account profile by changing your “account settings.” To delete your account you will need to email a request to us.  (This is to prevent losing your account and data should you experience identity theft.)

Data Retention:

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services, you may request to delete your account.

We deeply care about our users and their privacy, making it one of our stop priorities when using Maxthon as your browser. For more information about our Privacy Policy, please click here.

Regards,
Karl Mattson
Vice President of Maxthon

NEXT WEEK: How Does Maxthon Protect Users from Online Threats and Viruses? 

A Few Words About Our HTML5 Work

Monday, July 9th, 2012

 

 

 

 

We experienced one of those ‘ouch’ moments last week. A misunderstanding about our intent behind our support of HTML5, coupled with less than optimal communication, led to the publishing of a story alleging Maxthon tried to game HTML5test.com results. As is the case with a lot of web stories these days this one was long on assumptions and short on verification. A few well-meaning media types recommended we say nothing publicly — their logic was  we were right and that the story had no ‘legs’ beyond a small group of browser industry aficionados. That didn’t sit right with us for a couple of reasons: (1) we did nothing wrong and have nothing to hide; and (2) we’ve always had a completely open conversation with the global family of Maxthon fans about our intentions as a company and desire to build great products — and we aren’t about to change.

The absolute truth is Maxthon has not, nor will it ever attempt to ‘scam the score’ in HTML5test.com or any other third party web standards or browser-performance measure. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.  The Maxthon 3 engineering team has implemented and successfully tested many parts of the ever-evolving HTML5 standard. This first-ever accusation about scamming the score is a serious allegation that merits a response.

Specifically, some have cited our work implementing Web GL, ‘Get user media’ and ‘Subtitles.’  We looked into the work behind that, and here’s what we found: We pushed out code in a build of Mx3 that wasn’t ready to be pushed out. Plain and simple: That code should not have been released. It wasn’t complete.

Unfortunately, as it was implemented, it triggered a positive response from HTML5test.com. Hence the allegation of ‘scamming.’ That was a mistake; and we will fix the code within the week. It was not some effort to manipulate our score on HTML5test.com. It was a result of a development process that can be improved.

Engineers approach their work differently. Some start with an architectural idea of how they want to implement something, and they code toward that end vision. Others jump in, start coding and test until their code works. In this situation, one of our Mx3 engineers was coding, testing against the HTML5test.com and tweaking until it appeared to him that it worked. To put it another way, this was an engineer-error that should have been caught in QA.

Going forward, we plan to build a deeper dialogue and partnership with other members of the HTML5 community, as ultimately, we all share the same goal of helping to drive a new standard of web and application development that will spur greater innovation and products.  This is why Maxthon is spending time on HTML5.  The more we push HTML5 support and development now, the sooner everyone can realize more of the promises of that standard. That is a worthwhile goal to support at any level.

That’s it. No grand scam here. Just some code that should have been baked a bit longer.  HTML5 is a floating point that is continuously changing and morphing, and browser- and test-makers alike are stakeholders in helping shape it. We’ll continue to do our part as the standard evolves and wish to extend our thanks to the larger community for its contributions, too. When it comes to HTML5, we’re all on the same team.

Thanks and happy surfing!

PCWorld Names Maxthon One of the “100 Best Products of 2011”

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Maxthon stands for many things – excellence, innovation and transparency, to name a few – but it most symbolizes the power of community. By uniting people throughout the world, and by inspiring them to share ideas and spread the word about Maxthon, we continue to transform – for the better – the way tens of millions people access the web. And now we can all give ourselves a deserved round of applause, because the editors at PCWorld have named Maxthon as one of the 100 Best Products of 2011.

“Maxthon is for those who want to download a browser and have it include everything you could possibly need out of the box, but still be customizable. Maxthon has that. You can reorganize how it looks, download skins, take away the icons, download add-ons, and so on. No other browser lets you do so much to mess with it. And the fact that it’s got two different rendering engines to choose from doesn’t slow it down at all – it’s a very speedy browser,” says Steve Horton of PCWorld.

Now let’s make 2012 just as exciting and fun!

Maxthon + Translation = A Global Community of Millions of Fans

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Curious to know the secret behind the success of Maxthon? One word: people.

The popularity of Maxthon rests with users worldwide, individuals who take it upon themselves to spread the word about our desktop and mobile browsers. This word-of-mouth credibility is one reason, perhaps the reason, why we are a global phenomenon: with testimonials from users throughout the globe – from major cities to colleges and universities to small towns and neighborhoods – Maxthon is a collaborative effort, something we can all promote and share. In fact, people often ask how they can join this cause, which brings superior technology and a fun browsing experience to millions. Which brings us back to this organic community of fans and supporters, a movement you can also strengthen.

By simply signing up to translate Maxthon into your language, you will enable millions of people to enjoy the benefits of the rich features, convenience, security and innovative services we provide. This support is directly responsible for the translation of the Maxthon browser into nearly 40 languages. That’s right: 40 languages, representing tens of millions of people who share a common goal — to build and sustain a meaningful community, centered on the free exchange of ideas and open communication. Just follow these three easy steps:

1. Sign up at translate Maxthon.com

2. Download the English en-us.ini file and open it in any text editor.

3. Translate the terms on the right side of the ‘equals’ sign into your respective language and upload it — and then you’re done!

Let’s take advantage of this opportunity, and bring Maxthon to more countries and users. With your help, this community will continue to grow and inspire others. Onward!

An Educational Podcast: The Convenience of Maxthon

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011


In keeping with the back to school theme, let me call your attention to this informative podcast with Karl Mattson, GM of Maxthon International/Chief of Product Development. Karl addresses a variety of points in this discussion, offering his expertise about Maxthon and the many ways students and teachers can use this browser. Compelling content with timely updates. Happy listening!

Creating an Internationally Successful Brand: The Maxthon Phenomenon

Monday, August 29th, 2011

There are two principal views about marketing. The first school of thought treats branding almost solely as a means of selling a product: the more my message resonates with you, the buying public, and the more often my slogan or jingle or TV commercial stays at the forefront of your mind, the greater the likelihood I will sell you more “stuff.” Whether that stuff is good or whether it is merely a widget, an interchangeable product or service that exists purely to generate cash, is, for this group, irrelevant. The second school of thought is the exact opposite; it believes that marketing is the essence of sincere communication, and that people may listen to a lot of concepts but they will quickly determine if the message matches reality. Think of the first group as an organization that controls the entire marketing campaign, preventing any outside criticism and quashing any attempt to deivate from the party line.

The problem with this theory is that no company can control its marketing; the Internet – the microsites, blogs, chat groups, message boards and pages upon pages of social media – makes this task impossible. And yet, some companies still try to overrule criticism — they express shock when consumers do not kneel before the idol of Mediocrity.

The second group, which consists of companies that welcome the free form nature of the Internet, understands the most fundamental rule of communications: no one can control the message; you can shape it, you can influence it, but you cannot impose your will on a global community. More to the point, if you have a good product – if your service is exceptional – then your message will be effective. Period.

Maxthon embodies this principle, which explains our success with people throughout the world. This statement is not a reason to become complacent, since we must never forsake our commitment to developing the very best products and services. But we do want to thank our users, the men and women who continue to advance our cause, because this passion is the ultimate proof of successful marketing. Let us go forward to even greater achievements in the months ahead!

Back to School: The Maxthon Difference

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Back to school is an annual ritual, something students and parents – and teachers – await with a combination of excitement, fun, curiosity and anxiety. Concerning the latter, the nervousness that accompanies going to a new school or making the transition from high school to college, this feeling – the simultaneous joy and caution that comes with a return to the classroom – is a natural reaction to change. Compound that change with the rapid developments in computing and the Internet in general — and back to school is a major event. In fact, the contrast between today’s student’s and those from just a few years ago, as it relates to accessing the web, is something to behold: far from being a distraction or a prohibited environment, the Internet is the ultimate repository of information, breaking news, scientific data, academic opinion, published material and global conversation. For students and teachers, harnessing this resource (or making effective use of specific sites) is a priority. Which brings us back to the one way we all get online: with an effective browser.

Maxthon understands this necessity – the importance of accessing the web with speed, security and convenience – and we consider this group, the students and teachers who are the lifeblood of change, worthy of the utmost respect. Rather than treat the academia as an afterthought, or as means to simply generate sales without consideration to the specific needs of students and staff, we believe educators deserve a browser that is both intuitive and efficient. Think, for a moment, of the many ways the right browser can help these people: from research to note taking to saving relevant pages to easily retrieving this data, Maxthon delivers results.

With so many students bringing their laptops or tablets or other mobile devices to class, and then using these tools to write papers or cite online sources, there can be no sacrifice in quality or reliability; there must be a smart way to bring the benefits of the Internet to these individuals. Maxthon does just that — it creates a superior browsing experience.

Thus we conclude our first class of the new school year. The grade: A+.