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Iron - portable web browser without Google spies

Posted by ClifNotes, Jan 2009, permalink Web Browser


Ever since Google announced they were releasing their Chrome browser, I've been using it occasionally in one form or another. Typically, I prefer to use portable versions of freeware and Google's Chrome browser is not portable and flings it's files all over your hard drive when you install it.


I like the speed and uncluttered user interface of the Chrome browser and I've found a couple of portable versions of Chrome that seem to work just as well as the installed version from Google. A few weeks ago I heard about a portable version called Iron which removes the numerous reporting features in the Chrome browser.


If you are already using Google Chrome and you want to remove Google's unique ID tracking from it, you may want to try out UnChrome.


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Quote from the website

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.


Privacy problems that Iron does not have:



Chrome creates a unique ID through which a user can be theoretically identified.



Chrome remembers up to the second exactly when the software was installed.



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


Alternate Error Pages

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


Error Reporting

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



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


Google Updater

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



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