It’s been a few weeks since my last posting. When you are in marketing September is about the time you get really busy getting ready for the Holidays. Then you start implementing your Holiday plans in October. November and December will be hectic! But here is what I am looking at and have been testing the past few weeks…
First a little about Tor
I’ve talked about the Tor Browser in the past. Tor (originally TOR, an acronym for The Onion Router, a usage now abandoned) is free software for enabling online anonymity. Tor directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer network consisting of more than three thousand relays to conceal a user’s location or usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis. Using Tor makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity, including “visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages, and other communication forms”, back to the user and is intended to protect the personal privacy of users, as well as their freedom and ability to conduct confidential business by keeping their internet activities from being monitored. (Wikipedia)
A search engine for Tor just came online. Until now searching Tor has been almost non-existant. TorSearch is now the Google of Tor, essentially a search engine for the Darknet. Tor has been seeing increasing traffic since TorSearch came out. If you had problems using Tor in the past, it is getting a little more stable and now that is has search it could be a browser you use more often. If not, try this…
The Epic Privacy Browser
But for those of you who have no need for the Darknet and just want a lot more privacy, the Epic Browser may be for you. Built on the Chromium platform this browser looks just like Chrome. The chromium-based Epic was released on August 29, 2013 and focused on protecting users’ privacy online.
Available for Windows and Mac the Epic Browsers default configuration takes proactive approach to ensuring session data (such as cookies, history, and cache) are removed when the browser is exited. The browser also includes a proxy service that can be enabled at the user’s discretion, and is automatically enabled when using a search engine. Other features, such as preferring SSL connections and always sending a Do Not Track header promote a heightened state of privacy in comparison to some other browsers. (Wikipedia)
Sorry everyone, Plugins are not allowed. This means my 1Password manager and Evernote plugins do not work which I was disappointed to find out but I understand why. Also when turning the proxy on my Feedly disconnects. Forget about “spellcheak” too… ;) you will still see the little red dots prompting you that you spelled something wrong but you can no longer get recommendations for the words you are trying to spell. You’re on your own.
The Epic Team is also on Twitter and they will take feedback at @epicbrowser. I did ask for 1Password and Evernote support. We’ll see what happens.
So give both browsers a try. It Tor is a little to much for you then try the Epic browser. It’s definitely a step up from Google Chrome when it comes to privacy.