Since this application was just released in the last few hours, I have not had a chance to take it for a test drive. But, Panda Security has an excellent reputation for quality –so, I’m hopeful that the application will perform as advertised.
Although this is a Windows application, based on Firefox, Panda has managed to incorporate Linux within the program, in order to take advantage of Linux’s well known built-in safeguards against vulnerabilities. As additional protection against a malware infection, Panda Safe Browser runs as a virtual machine.
From Panda Security:
Panda Safe Browser allows you to browse the Web safely and privately, without being affected by malware or exploits that can be hidden on any site. Every time you close Panda Safe Browser, the session data is deleted, assuring your privacy and the integrity of the software for the next run.
Panda Safe Browser is based on multiple layers of protection that minimize the risk of an infection from the web to only a theoretical, almost impossible, chance.
First, it’s based on Mozilla Firefox, a much secure browser than Microsoft Internet Explorer. This considerately lowers the possibility of an attack.
Second, it has almost no plug- ins that can be explored by malware to run on the system (like a PDF‐file reader, although it can read PDF files).
Third, it runs on with limited permissions, which means that even if some malware can exploit Firefox or the plugins it uses, the practical use of an attack will be close to none, because it cannot make changes to the operating system.
Forth, inside Panda Safe Browser Mozilla Firefox runs on the Linux operating system, which has much less common vulnerabilities to explore.
Fifth, on the top of all of this, Panda Safe Browser is a virtual machine, which means its functioning is isolated from your PC. So, an attacker should have to be aware of this and to bypass at least four much elaborated levels of security even before arriving to your “real” PC, where with the help of the most advanced Panda Security technologies (that, alone, have several more layers of protection) you would be completely shielded from that very slight possibility of attack.
Nothing is 100% safe, but Panda Safe Browser brings you much closer!
System Requirements: Windows – both 32, and 64 bit.
Download here: Panda Safe Browser
A big “Thank You” to regular reader Charlie L., for bringing this to my attention.
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