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DELL Unveils "Secure Browser"

posted Aug 20, 2010, 1:07 AM by Evan Greene   [ updated Aug 20, 2010, 1:41 AM ]

Dell has began developing a "Secure Browser" that "uses virtualization" and "disables plug-ins" until granted permission to run.  The browser contains suspicious files that are downloaded by the browser without the user's knowledge.  This should help protect against sites that exploit vulnerabilities to silently install hostile software on their visitor's machines.  If an infected file does happen to get downloaded, it can be removed by a simple Undo button.  The Secure Browser aims to provide a safer web browsing experience to all Internet users.

The browser appears to be just a re-branded, more secure, version of Firefox 3.6.  It may be a good alternative to using ThinApp to package a custom Firefox configuration.  It provides pretty much the exact same benefits as a Firefox ThinApp.  However, I would still prefer to use the proven, trusty VMWare package over this new, likely buggy, startup project.