Everyone seems to love Google Chrome these days, with plenty of great reasons. Using this web browser does come with a few potential drawbacks that have all been assessed and resolved by a company called SRWare who have designed a new web browser called Iron.
Iron looks very much like Google Chrome but it removes a lot of the security and privacy issues that a lot of Google users worry about (and often, rightly so).
The key features of Iron are:
One box for everything
New Tab page
Improved Privacy and security
Here is a comparison of Iron to Chrome in relation to privacy and security that will hopefully make you think twice about switching your browser to Iron.
|Client-ID||Chrome creates a unique ID through which a user can be theoretically identified.||Does not exist in Iron|
|Timestamp||Chrome remembers up to the second exactly when the software was installed.||Does not exist in Iron|
|Suggest||Depending on the configuration, each time you put something in the address line,this information is sent to Google to provide suggestions.||Does not exist in Iron|
|Alternate Error Pages||Depending on the configuration, if you have typed a false address in the address bar, this is sent to Google and you get an error message from Google’s servers.||Does not exist in Iron|
|Error Reporting||Depending on the configuration, details about crashes or failures are sent Google’s servers.||Does not exist in Iron|
|RLZ-Tracking||This Chrome-function transmits information in encoded form to Google, for example, when and where Chrome has been downloaded.||Does not exist in Iron|
|Google Updater||Chrome installs a updater, which loads at every Windows in background.||Does not exist in Iron|
|URL-Tracker||Calls depending on the configuration five seconds after launch the Google homepage opens in background||Does not exist in Iron|
|Adblocker||Chrome doesn’t have an built-in adblocker||Iron has an easy to use and built-in adblocker which can be configured by a single file|
|User-Agent||The User-Agent in Chrome is only be changeable with parameters over a link or command, which isn’t really ideal for permanent usage.||The User-Agent in Iron can be flexiblel and permanently changed by UA.ini.|