It would appear that Dolphin Browser has been caught – again – sharing information about what you’re browsing on the web with servers in China. Back in 2011, Dolphin Browser was caught sharing every link you clicked, every search term you enter, and every page that you end up loading. They responded after being caught sharing this information with a sort of “opt-in” feature for what they suggested was a feature. Here in 2016, there’s a similar “feature” in place that makes us feel like we’re not going to be able to trust Dolphin ever again.
Submitted by Reddit user imtechpro and confirmed by several other users, a file by the name of “playHistory.xml” exists in Dolphin’s archives. There you’ll find a history of all the videos you’ve ever played in the browser.
Which wouldn’t be so bad, except this file keeps track of every single video you’ve ever watched, even if you’re browsing in incognito mode. If we were betting on it, we’d bet this information wasn’t being kept local – as it was in the past with Dolphin, more than once. We have no confirmation of that information at this point, but we’ve been burned before, and aren’t taking our chances anymore.
If you’re wondering whether or not Dolphin Browser is tracking what you’re browsing on the web, head to this filepath on your Android device: /data/data/mobi.mgeek.TunnyBrowser/shared_prefs/ . There you’ll find the file playHistory.xml as well as similar files – search and see.
Meanwhile there’s a whole lot of other browsers you might want to try instead of Dolphin. Not a whole lot else if you still want to use Flash – which is unfortunate because the web should have abandoned Flash long ago, but still.
We recommend you try out Lightning Web Browser or good ol’ Firefox. Both should be good to go – minus the tracking.