Dell KACE is offering a free secure web browser

To help make the Internet a safer place to surf, Dell KACE is offering their Secure Browser as a free download. "The Secure Browser uses virtualization technology to provide a safer web experience to users and organizations. When using the Secure Browser any changes or malicious files inadvertently downloaded from the Internet are contained within the secure browser, keeping the underlying OS and computer secure from hostile changes."

Contained in the Dell KACE Secure Browser virtual instance is Firefox 3.6 with some add-ons, Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader. The package is virtualized using Dell KACE's "Virtual Kontainer" technology. According to InformationWeek, the initial release is for 32-bit versions of Windows 7, Vista, and XP only. Rob Meinhardt, president of Dell KACE said,"We chose FireFox as the best fit for the verticals that our products play in, and FireFox's Open-Source was a good fit for working with -- MSIE is a black box, FireFox lets us see inside. We do intend to support Microsoft Internet Explorer. We will probably start with Internet Explorer 6, since, as a virtual instance, you could run it on Vista or on Windows 7"

If a website wants to access an application, such as Windows Media player, the virtual instance will prompt you to allow it before it continues. This goes for downloads as well, if you download something before you run the download, you will be asked whether it is safe to run or not which helps to prevent unauthorized applications from running on the computer.

Another feature offered by the Secure Browser is the reset button, if something causes Firefox to break or takes over your browser, you can press reset which will restore everything back to the way it was when you initially installed the browser. There is also a feature that will allow you to save the current setup with all of your updates and add-ons so that when you press the reset button you will be taken back to the point you set.

Users will be able to install updates and add-ons for Firefox, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Reader in the virtual instance. Dell KACE will also be releasing a new download for each new version of Firefox.

KACE is a company that specializes in enterprise desktop management and application virtualization. In February of this year, Dell acquired KACE for around $120 million.

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Can't edit my above post now, but found a link to this thing on another site.

73.6Mb's!!

TOO secure and TOO big, for me!! Sheesh!!

That's alright. You can't get it anyway!!

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TOO secure for me!!

Application Virtualization [sic] is a brilliant concept, and many large govt. and enterprise rollouts are using it as it keeps the desktop image clean and quick - and it makes it easy to repair/upgrade "installs" (not that software is actually installed). What Dell are doing here is by no means a new or clever idea. MS App-V (formally Softricity SoftGrid) is the most mature platform I've experienced - and I wouldn't say that is ready for consumers yet - so not sure how this going to pan out but good luck to Dell though.

Sure, this may protect your system, similar to the way IE, Chrome and soon Firefox does. But it won't protect you against the biggest issue, the user.

They are still going to enter their credit card details into phising sites, they are still going to download and accept the files that contain viruses.

giggsey said,
They are still going to enter their credit card details into phising sites, they are still going to download and accept the files that contain viruses.

Yeah it annoys me how people assume another anti-virus, anti-spyware program with new browsers will stop all this phishing and junk - people need to maybe be more educated?


Also - will this need to be on the browser ballot screen now?! haha

It's just application virtualisation, not full hardware virtualisation. It looks like App-V and Sandboxie.

In fact, it's the same as what IE already does on vista/7: with "protected mode" (enabled by default), IE, flash and adobe reader (when run from within IE) are sandboxed which means a 0 day flaw can't alter the underlying system or the user profile (even usermode malwares could not be installed)

so if you already use Internet Explorer 7/8 on vista or 7, you don't need this.

MSIE is a black box, hackers let us see inside

FTFY

And this instance of IE6 would be what? The vanilla one? One with all the patches (some of which are targeted at the Windows subsystem as well making them impossible to apply in a virtualised application environment)?

So, the choices would be:
1. A version that is inherently insecure, making you rely on a realtively unknown company to sandbox it properly. Microsoft has had years of practice of this and they still can get it wrong, so why is KACE any better?
2. A somehow "current" version that can't be updated.

I'll go for door number 3 Hal, the "carry on using what I'm using" choice.

Firefox's updates are point releases to the main program, meaning the entirety of it is replaced. Not so IE.

We will probably start with Internet Explorer 6, since, as a virtual instance, you could run it on Vista or on Windows 7

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