Just released Browzar to keep surfing, searching a secret


Ajaz Ahmed, the founder of Freeserve, has released Browzar, a web browser that automatically wipes clean personal search and user histories.

Browzar immediately wipes out browsing history, stores files and cookies, and does not have an auto-complete feature for filling out online forms.

The beta's download site features a list of anonymous testimonials of embarrassing moments PC users have been caught in when their search histories have appeared onscreen.

The site also touts its non-committal policies, as it does not require registration to use and can be quickly downloaded to any location.

Studies in recent months have shown an increased market share for alternative web browsers, such as Mozilla's Firefox and Opera - both of which tout their own security features in comparison to Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Ahmed said today that while web browsers can disable histories and block cookies, many home users aren't familiar enough with the technology to do so.

"I don't think most people at home realize it installs information, people don't realize that," he said.

Ahmed added that the new browser has additional benefits for enterprise users.

"If you're a corporate user, you may want to log into your network from someone else's computer, and you know that when you close the browser, it won't leave a trail of where you've been," he said.

Dave Cole, director of Symantec Security Response, said today that anonymyzing tools are nothing new.

"It's the next step in anonymyzing software," he said. "There have also been paid-for software that wipes clean histories and searches."

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