31 May 2013

A ‘New’ Browser

I can’t remember ever mentioning a browser called SRWare Iron on this blog. SRWare Iron (or just Iron) is a browser based on the Chromium source code. It is fast, faster than Firefox, and works with all the Firefox extensions I normally use… that is, the workable versions are found in the Chromium Web Store. Not only are the extensions available here but there are also many other apps that can be found in the Store, including games. But what exactly does Iron do that is different?

First, Iron is more private.

Google's Web browser Chrome thrilled with an extremely fast site rendering, a sleek design and innovative features.  But it also gets critic from data protection specialists , for reasons such as creating a unique user ID or the submission of entries to Google to generate suggestions. SRWare Iron is a real alternative. The browser is based on the Chromium-source and offers the same features as Chrome - but without the critical points that the privacy concern.

We could therefore create a browser with which you can now use the innovative features without worrying about your privacy.

Regarding some differences in privacy settings:

Privacy:

Comparison of Iron and Chrome at privacy:

Problem 

Chrome 

Iron 


Installation-ID 


A copy of Google Chrome includes a generated installation number which will be sent to Google after the installation and the first usage. It gets deleted when Chrome checks first time for updates.If Chrome is received as part of a promotional campaign, it may generate a unique promotion number which is sent to Google on the first run and first use of Google Chrome.


does not exist in Iron 

     

Suggest 


Depending on the configuration, each time you put something in the address line,this information is sent to Google to provide suggestions. 


does not exist in Iron 


Alternate Error Pages 


Depending on the configuration, if you have typed a false address in the address bar, this is sent to Google and you get an error message from Google's servers. 


does not exist in Iron 


Error Reporting 


Depending on the configuration, details about crashes or failures are sent Google's servers. 


does not exist in Iron 


RLZ-Tracking 


This Chrome-function transmits information in encoded form to Google, for example, when and where Chrome has been downloaded.


does not exist in Iron 


Google Updater 


Chrome installs a updater, which loads at every Windows in background.


does not exist in Iron 


URL-Tracker 

Calls depending on the configuration five seconds after launch the Google homepage opens in background

does not exist in Iron 

I have been using Iron for the past few weeks as my default browser, and so far, it exceeds the performance of Firefox, and has not disappointed me.

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