Sneak around the Internet with Browzar

Martin McKeay, Friend and ComputerWorld Blogger has had some excellent coverage on a recent browser that let’s users ‘sneak’ around the internet without leaving a footprint.

“I found a new browser this morning that let’s you surf the net without leaving any footprints on the computer you’re using. Called Browzar , the browser automatically deletes any cookies and history files plus it’s small enough that it will fit on any USB key. At 264k, it downloads quickly and requires no installation, just click and go.

Now I’m a bit of a privacy freak, but this browser shouts out to me as a tool to be used by people who are doing things they shouldn’t, and this seems to be at least part of the way the developers of Browzar are advertising it. On the other hand, it’s a very lightweight browser that can be used from almost any platform quickly and easily and won’t carry much of the baggage a heavier browser like Internet Explorer or even Firefox does. If you’re a frequent road warrior who sometimes uses kiosk workstations, then this is definitely a browser you need to look at.”

I can see the use of this browser for folks that have something to hide or don’t want to be traced. But as he points out, “The police or your IT department can still discover where you’ve been by looking at your upstream traffic. “, there’s always a trace.

Edit Sept 5th: There are questions about Browzar’s validity, see TechCrunch for discussion