Privacy has a cost with new Secure Web Browser

A new web browser has hit the market and aims to provide you with the most secure internet experience possible. The e-Capsule Private Browser has been developed by Enterprise Information Security Systems and Technology (EISST) and, according to the company, it keeps your information secure using encryption. Information such as passwords are kept encrypted and hidden within the browser and not stored anywhere else on your system.

"Unlike other internet browsers, there is no data exposure to the operating system even while using the software," said Corrado Ronchi of EISST.

The browser is intended to leave no "footprints" on your PC, by not installing temporary files or modifying the registry in any way. "Encrypted data storage and anonymity guarantee privacy and security. The encryption protection is seamless and has no impact on the computer's performance," Ronchi said.

However, it comes at a cost. The e-Capsule Private Browser costs £20, but there is a free trial download, which lasts for 14 days. The price is likely to be off-putting to surfers, as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Netscape and Safari are all free to download.

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I try it and it looks ok... at least it does what it says
I'm not sure I'll end up buying it, but why should we take for granted that browsing sw should always come for free? In this sw, there's obviously some added value which in some cases can justify the cost. Maybe these guys will utlimately drop the charge as Opera did after some time... or maybe Opera and FireFox will catch up with them and provide similar protection. However, let's not judge from marketing materials... I'll test it and get back to you with more later.

I recently had this debate with my elder brother, who is against privacy/anonymity on the internet... His arguments were that in the outside world, when you are talking with someone or using your cellphone/telephone you have an identity... You have an existance and people know who you are... Then why need anonymity and privacy when you are using the internet?? After that debate I began to question my really old notion of internet anaonymity??

I really don't think there is a market for such products... Who know they'll take money from you and then sell you data to some other ad vendor or use it for other marketing strategies?? I think its better to use open-source/free browsers than remain anonymous ?!?

in a perfect world where people wouldn't try to use things against you then anonymity wouldn't be as important. But just think of all the prejudice in america alone: homosexuals, multi-racial weddings, abortionists; anonymity allows people to keep their beliefs, the sanctity of their homes without people stigmatizing them, marking their doors with blood crosses, etc.

How bout an Open-source / Free and Anonymous Browser; that's the ticket. It'll come in due time.

They can gurantee all they want, but I won't touch it until it's Open Source, PERIOD. [u]The only thing they can guarantee, is that the product as a secure browsing platform; is only secure as far as you want to believe it. This is obviously not marketed towards Neowinians who know whdfxup.

LOL I love these development companies that slap a guarantee on things.

That just invites hackers to exploit the hell out of their products.

So why pay for a browser like this instead of just installing it to a drive where both your OS and browser with all its cache is encrypted? I mean, if you're paranoid enough to run something like this, obviously the other software "needs" to be covered too, just not the browser. What about the unencrypted mail cache? Documents? IM logs? ...

Sounds like a stupid way to achieve good security, if you really are looking for good security.

mattrobs said,
Who would pay for an internet browser? Gimme a break.

I believe some little-known browsers called Netscape and Opera use to cost money. A lot of people even got an icon for "The Internet" (IE 1.0) on their Desktop after buying Microsoft Plus!

Opera still costs, depending on platform.

PlanetWeb 3.0 for Dreamcast cost.

if you really want safe, secure browsing, then get a linux live CD.

or, perhaps even better, a little VM with a browser, then not just your cookies and history, but the entire browser, OS, filesystem get nuked when you reset.

yes I've heard of a cross VM proof of concept, but I'd still trust it over any security these guys are trying to write.

some would pay $20 just for the anonymous network access though.

kraized said,
Windows only.

What engine is this browser based on?

Bizarrely, it looks like it's based on firefox. Its acid2 rendering is:
And gives the UA of:
- Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv: Gecko/20070622 Firefox/

So that looks like firefox ( ??!?! ) with the gecko rendering engine version from firefox o_O

I assume it was built on 20070622. But if it's really using Firefox, then presumably it's open to at least some of the vulnerabilities listed from here to the top of the list.

When you enable the Private Browsing mode, you have to let pb_tor.exe access to the internet btw.

It's not the price, it's the fact that the only people that would buy this are the people that actually wear tinfoil hats. As long as people surf safe, you can browse the web on any browser.

I've been using versions of Internet explorer and Firefox for about 6 years now, and I've had my share of viruses and spyware, but that's only because I was going to websites where you're obviously going to get it anyway.

IMHO: Antivirus + Firewall + Antispyware = secured.

Yeah, and Xerobank is free. It's a fork from the Portable Firefox project, orginaly called 'TorPark.' It routs everything through the Tor network for anon browsing.