September saw the introduction of two new web browsers focusing on anonymous web browsing. Early this month, Browzar was launched by Freeserve founder, Ajaz Ahmed. It automatically deletes any cookies after each session, does not save save pages in cached folders, and its relatively small size makes it easy to bring along. There has been issues on it being merely an IE shell and that search results lead to sponsored links and adverts. Also, users need to download any security patches from Microsoft once a flaw has been identified for IE. After the two recent attacks on the browser, many are skeptical to its overall usability.
Torpack on the other hand came from Hacktivismo, a group of computer security experts and human rights workers, and is based on Mozilla’s Firefox. No installation is required to run the browser, though the two folders generated from the free download have to be kept together for it to run. This browser encrypts the data passing from the user’s computer and the TOR network, and causes the IP address seen by the website to change every few minutes. Torpack does have limitations; browsing speeds will be slower and it’s suggested not to log-in sites which cannot offer secure log-ins.
Both of these applications are not meant to replace the current browsers you’re using in your computer. It’s interesting to note that they both have privacy and secure browsing as their main selling points. These features are useful for users who are leery of going online in public access locations like schools and Internet cafés, where a secure connection cannot be guaranteed. So far both of these are available for free download, and you might want to see which one will stand the test of continuous use.