“Reclaim your Privacy!”
That is the claim of Xerobank, yet another group of software developers amongst the increasingly competitive world of web browsers. Firefox is now taking on close to 20% of the browsing market, Internet Explorer has 70% or so and Opera and Safari squabble over the rest.
XeroBank browser “is the most popular anonymous web browser in the world” according to the developers, and could be true. I’m Just not sure of too many other browsers competing in that space.
What does it do?
XeroBank uses two anonymity networks, Tor and XeroBank, to ensure completely anonymous browsing with secure and encrypted connections.
This anonymous browsing uses a technology called onion-routing which makes tracking a user next to impossible. Tor is available as a standalone download for computers, but it’s worth noting that it needs to be set up correctly to provide real anonymity, something XeroBank does automatically.
Onion routing encrypts messages and data in various layers and sends it through unpredictable paths routed between various servers. It’s not untraceable, but to do so someone would need the ability to monitor every router in the network, which would be next to impossible.
I wouldn’t personally be interested in using XeroBank on a regular basis as it’s lacking in normal browser features that most modern browsers like Firefox and Opera contains. The biggest advantage is that it can installed on portable devices like a thumb drive and used anywhere you may be worried about network restrictions.
For example using this browser should enable you to get around censoring issues on a campus network or anywhere with wireless access. All data produced by the browser is completely wiped upon removing the drive so it’s very secure.
XeroBank is developed for Windows and runs under Wine. It’s free and open source and came out of development of a portable, anonymous version of Firefox a couple of years ago.
Of course you don’t have to be stuck with just one solution, Browzar is another anonymous browser (still in beta) based on the Internet Explorer engine. It’s pretty basic when compared to XeroBank and really just puts a few restrictions on IE to not gather cookies, auto-complete, web history or cache sites.
What tips do you have for keeping your privacy online, or getting around network restrictions?
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