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WhiteHat Security Web Browser for Windows
« on: June 13, 2014, 12:32:18 PM »
A while back I posted a link to WhiteHat's web browser for Mac.  They now have it for Windows and thought I would repost the link.  I have not tried it out yet, but the couple of reviews I have read say it is faster than Chrome for Windows.

https://www.whitehatsec.com/aviator/

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Re: WhiteHat Security Web Browser for Windows
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2014, 02:25:25 PM »
Thanks for sharing sp4wn, I will test it out and might recommend it as a alternative web-browser to people I know are click happy..

Here is a little more info: I highlighted what I thought most important.

from: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/aviator-web-browser,review-2023.html


What does Aviator do?

By stripping away ads and disabling autoplaying of media files, Aviator cuts off two main avenues for malware infection.

Most browsers let media files, such as Adobe Flash Player files, automatically play by default. Click on a YouTube URL, and the video immediately starts playing. Malicious code can also automatically run if you end up on the wrong page.

In Aviator, you have to click to activate every piece of Flash on a Web page. Only the files you permit to run will do so. 

If Web pages viewed with Aviator look sparser than usual, it's because the ads that usually crowd every blank space of a browser window are gone.

Aviator opens by default in Incognito, or private browsing, mode. Your search history will be deleted when you close your browser, and URLs will not autocomplete in the search bar.


Aviator's default search engine is DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine that does not profile users or collect their IP addresses.

Google and most other search engines create user profiles and use them to tailor search results. This can create a "filter bubble" in which a user sees the same types of links recur, instead of a more diverse selection.

Private browsing, click-to-run and private searching can be implemented in any Web browser, but Aviator has other complex security and privacy features that set it apart.

Tracking software blocked

For example, Aviator blocks tracking software used by online marketing tools such as Google Analytics, Omniture and DoubleClick.

Hansen explained that although most browsers give users the option to send a "Do Not Track" request, many websites do not honor this request.

"We would much prefer to do something called 'Cannot track,'" Hansen said. "Our version is: Just do not allow them to track in the first place. Blow away their tracking pixels. Don't even connect to them in the first place.

"Yes, I'm sure it hurts their business models," he said, referring to ad networks and websites. "But because they haven't given consumers a way to protect themselves, we're giving it to [consumers]."

Furthermore, Aviator blocks HTTP referers, which are hidden messages that tell a website how you reached it. If you are on Site A and you click a link that takes you to Site B, a referer would automatically tell Site B that you came to it from Site A.

Referers contain potentially very serious and private information. Most browsers allow them; Aviator does not.

Additionally, Aviator keeps outsiders from your home network by blocking access to local non-routable IP addressesShould I use Aviator?

Aviator is designed for people who are serious about online security and privacy. But they should be prepared to sacrifice some convenience.

Because Aviator starts in private mode, it won't keep users signed into websites between browser sessions. To make Aviator remember passwords, you'll have to go into the settings and check "Offer to save passwords I enter when in protected/unprotected mode."

For some security researchers, Aviator might not be secure enough.

Nadim Kobeissi, creator of the encrypted instant-messaging service Cryptocat, praised Aviator for using Chromium as its base, but added that the browser is only a first step toward online privacy.researchers have criticized Aviator for not being open-source, unlike Chromium.

Open-sourcing the browser software "would make [Aviator] auditable to security researchers, and would allow people to build their own," said a malware researcher based in Bangkok known only as The Grugq.

Bottom line

We liked the way Aviator comes with security and privacy features pre-installed. However, that doesn't mean users can skip the Settings menu; most will probably want to set passwords to autocomplete or to occasionally disable private browsing.

Heavy Google users who want seamless access to the Googleverse may find Aviator obstructive, and might choose to sacrifice some privacy. Overall, though, Aviator is an excellent option for those who value privacy over convenience.
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Re: WhiteHat Security Web Browser for Windows
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2014, 07:23:16 PM »
I previously used another privacy-focused Browser - Epic.

https://www.epicbrowser.com/

It has an inbuilt proxy service.

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Re: WhiteHat Security Web Browser for Windows
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2014, 11:57:00 PM »
Are both based on Chrome?
I'd like to have Augmentations.

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Re: WhiteHat Security Web Browser for Windows
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2014, 05:23:19 AM »
Are both based on Chrome?

To be more accurate, both are based on Chromium.  ;)

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Re: WhiteHat Security Web Browser for Windows
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2014, 04:00:13 AM »
thank you sp4wn
i test it
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