Aurora: Evaluate websites without cookies, preserve user anonymity

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The Aurora project has released its first stable version 1.0.0. It is free software for analyzing websites and their users. The aim is not to need cookies for this and also to preserve the anonymity of the user.

The new release divides the frontend and backend: Only the former now relies on Next.js, while Fastify is used as the web framework. From now on, the surface automatically adapts to the size of the screen – both in the desktop browser and on the smartphone – and offers a light and a dark mode. The developers have also revised the dashboard and made many other minor updates.

Furthermore, an assistant should help with setting up Aurora. In den Release Notes the project indicates that the configuration can be carried out completely in the graphical user interface. In the documentation there are instructions for manual installation or via Docker. To then add a website, just enter the URL. Aurora generates a suitable script, which you then have to copy into the HTML header.

As open source software, the project is subject to the MIT license. When it comes to analyzing websites, Google Analytics dominates, but it is repeatedly criticized for data protection reasons. Google now wants to better protect the privacy of users with AI functions and compensate for the lack of cookies and identifiers.

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