New ‘Browzar’ offers privacy protection

A new free web browser, designed to cover a user’s tracks when surfing online, has been launched, named ‘Browzar’.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  September 3, 2006

A new free web browser, designed to cover a user’s tracks when surfing online, has been launched, named ‘Browzar’. Browzar is essentially an Internet Explorer shell browser - a program that sits on top of Internet Explorer (IE) to change the look of Microsoft’s web browser and some of its functions. “Although it’s possible to delete history folders, and empty cache with existing internet browsers, the majority of net users worldwide don’t have the time or expertise to do this,” stated Ajaz Ahmed, the app’s creator, on Techweb.com. “There is no free method that offers the freedom to surf the web privately, which is as simple and easy-to-use as Browzar. It doesn’t keep copies of pages that have been visited, or retain details that have been entered into online forms,” added Ahmed. Browzar also automatically deletes cookies; small text files of information that certain websites attach to a user’s hard drive while the he or she is browsing a site. A cookie can contain information such as user ID, user preferences and archive shopping cart information. Suggested uses for Browzar include protecting the privacy of a shared family computer, safely checking e-mail in an internet cafe and checking online bank accounts from a work PC. “We divulge masses of information about our habits, hobbies and financial dealings while online, often unknowingly, and there are times when all of us would rather this was kept private,” stated Ahmed. “Using Browzar, anyone worldwide can surf the web privately in the knowledge that no-one will stumble across the sites they have visited when using the same computer.” According to Browzar.com, the 264Kbyte app can be downloaded in seconds or run directly from the web. It does not require registration. Currently, the app only works with Windows operating systems, however the firm revealed that Mac and Linux versions would be released in the near future.

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