Another natural aspect of the internet is the loss of privacy and security. Every website we visit, use, or buy something from has the potential to take away some privacy, invade our security, steal passwords, and track everything we visit. So, what to do?
Free Security And Privacy
WhiteHat Security Labs’ Aviator browser for Mac and Windows is billed as ‘the world’s most secure and private browser.’ Maybe it is and maybe it ain’t, but an extra layer or three of security couldn’t hurt if the price is free, right?
Aviator is built on the open-source Chromium browser code (what Google uses in Chrome), so it also runs most Chrome extensions and comes with pre-set security and privacy modes, enabled by default.
What kind of security?
Aviator employs a few tricks such as blocking advertising tracking using the clever Disconnect extension. Your local internal address is also blocked, which stops malicious website pages from hitting your browser (and by inverse extension, your router or firewall).
There’s a bit of irony going on here because Google, as a company, thrives, prospers, and grows rich by tracking your every move while you’re browsing or using the internet, yet Chromium can be used to minimize tracking.
What you’ll notice when opening Aviator is a Protected label to the right of the URL bar. A rollover reveals a popup notice which tells you that Aviator does not log history, cookies, or browser cache.
The Mask icon to the right of the Protected label lets you choose which popular web browser Aviator can mimic; ranging from Safari, Firefox, Chrome to Internet Explorer to iPhone or iPad, plus Android devices, Windows Phone, or Opera.
The built-in Disconnect extension provides more options, and displays options (for example, an option to whitelist a particular site– please whitelist Mac360). Of course, if you need it, there’s an option to open a browser window without the standard protections.
They say that only the paranoid survive, but I say, ‘If everyone is out to get you, a little paranoia is the right attitude to have.’
Without some mumbo jumbo testing I can’t tell you that Aviator is more secure or less secure than Safari or any other Mac browser, but the security and privacy options are compelling and the browser is priced right at free.