Browzar not so good after all - gHacks Tech News

Browzar not so good after all

Browzer was widely reported as a web browser that takes privacy and security serious. It seems most authors who "tested" Browzer did not do their homeworks and parroted instead what the developers of Browzer were claiming. The first thing that strikes me as odd is that Browzer is not really a new web browser, but simply an add on of the Internet Explorer by Microsoft. It uses the same engine and identifies itself as Internet Explorer.

The homepage of Browzer will be the starting page of it from now on, with no way of changing that setting. Not a really good feature, don't you think? The search feature uses Overture, a well known pay per click search engine, to generate revenue for the developers it seems. What about privacy? Do they live up to that promise or is this also not what they want us to believe it is?

Do we have more privacy when surfing with Browzar? The answer is a simple no, we do not. Browzer supports Active X, supports cookies, sends all the information every web browser sends (like os, version etc). Someone from Slashdot tested it with Gmail from Google and found out that he was still logged into his gmail account after closing and reopening Browzer. Not really private is it?

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Update: The latest version of Browzer is 2.0, it is available on the project website, and still advertised as a browser that is not saving data. While it may be that the developers have improved the browser in this regard, I'd suggest to anyone wanting to try the browser to run it in a test environment first to make sure the claims can now be verified with tests. On the positive side of things, the browser is portable and starts up really fast.

Update 2: The web browser has not received an update after version 2.0 was released in December 2008. It appears that the browser is in fact abandoned and no longer maintained. I suggest you use private browsing modes which all modern browsers support for activities on the Internet that you want to keep private.

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  1. Max said on September 2, 2006 at 6:15 pm
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    I downloaded it to just try it out and every search was an advertising link. I deleted it right after that.

  2. asaens said on February 18, 2011 at 12:17 am
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    I ran this in sandboxie and exited it and then took a look at all the files it created and there were over 200 including cookies etc.. Was a good idea but too much spyware and lack of privacy … the opposite of what it pretends to be.

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