German anti-virus software provider Avira is coming out with a security enhanced browser based on Google’s Chromium open source browser and some unspecified extensions.
With the Internet turning into the most dangerous attack point today with all kinds of malicious code trapping the unwary, a secure web browser can’t come soon enough.
Traditional web browser vendors like Microsoft (Internet Explorer), Mozilla (Firefox), Apple (Safari) and Google (Chrome) have not focused enough on comprehensive security, preferring to let users enhance security on their own via third-party extensions like NoScript, Ghostery and the like). But the majority of Internet users are uncomfortable about installing extensions on their own over fears that they might accidentally trigger other issues.
So if Avira’s secure browser sees the light of the day, it’s no exaggeration to say that it’ll be a boon to hundreds of millions of Internet users around the world.
Avira Secure Browser
Avira’s secure browser will leverage the company’s backend security databases about the dangerous places in the Internet and extensions like Noscript.
In essence, Avira intends to offer users greater security on auto pilot but with the flexibility to let skilled users take over the wheel and override the auto pilot.
Users will also be able to install additional extensions to the Avira browser.
It’ll be a while before the Avira browser debuts.
But impatient and tech savvy folks can head to the Avira Beta Center and check out the Debian, Mac and Windows packages for the secure browser.
It’s unclear if the Avira browser will be bundled with the company’s anti-virus software but we think that’d make a lot of sense.