MyProtect – A Free Armored Browser Service

imageSince system security (while you surf the Net), starts with the Web Browser – armored, virtualized, sandboxed, security add-ons, privacy, (or the lack of), secure browsing – are all words (and many more besides), that are part of the “safe surfing” Browser Wars lexicon.

Applications that promise to keep you, and your computer system safe, as you wander the raucous and potentially dangerous neighborhood that the Internet has become, (employing one, or more, of the technoligies mentioned above), are emerging like dandelions following a Spring rain.

MyProtect, a free secure Internet browsing service, is one more application/service in the Browser protection scheme marketplace – with a bit of a twist.

From the developer’s site:

MyProtect provides you with a protected browser session from any PC. When you launch MyProtect, a new instance of Internet Explorer with an orange border and toolbar will open on your desktop. Any web sessions within that browser are protected from a variety of security and privacy threats.

Note that you can launch MyProtect from browsers such as Firefox, but the secured browser itself is always IE.

You can keep a MyProtect armored browser open for up to 2 hours; after that, you’ll need to come back to the site and re-launch MyProtect. There’s also a 30 minute idle timeout.

How MyProtect Works:

MyProtect works by downloading a small, temporary agent onto your PC when you launch MyProtect from the site (registration required). This agent then launches a secure “armored browser” session, identified by a distinctive orange border and toolbar.

Information entered by you into the armored browser, or delivered to the armored browser by a web site, is protected from malware – even if you’re using a machine which is already infected with malware, the MyProtect armored browser session is secure from threats such as keyloggers, cache miners, and frame grabbers.

All sensitive session data such as browser cache files, cookies, passwords, and history information is kept private during the session and is completely erased when your MyProtect session ends.

Secure Cleanup – At the end of the session, all encrypted content is deleted and overwritten using a U.S. Department of Defense specification

Developer’s site: MyProtect

System requirements: Windows XP SP2 or later (32-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit), or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit). Internet Explorer 7 or higher installed (session can be started with any modern browser). JavaScript enabled. ActiveX or Java applets enabled.

Note: MyProtect shares its name with a rogue anti-spyware application.

Bottom line:

I ran with MyProtect for several days, and in the end, determined – this is the type of service that fits into my personal “it’s not worth the trouble category”. Which is not to say, that MyProtect may not have value for other users – perhaps you.

Whether it has value to you or not, will depend on the methods and the applications you currently use to safeguard your Internet sessions.

FYI:

I test many more software applications than ever appear here in a review article. Some applications don’t make the cut because they simple don’t live up to the developer’s hype. Others, are just more trouble than they’re worth.

Occasionally, as in this case, I will post a review on an application or service which doesn’t make the cut.

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10 responses to “MyProtect – A Free Armored Browser Service

  1. Darren

    Bill,

    I was getting all excited until I read your “Bottom line”. Frankly, as I was reading the product description, I was wondering how is this any better than Sandboxie. I never run a browser without it being sandboxed. I love it!

    [THIS IS NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR SANDBOXIE, BTW.] 🙂

    Anyway, thanks for your honest opinion regarding this service.

    • Hi Darren,

      I love advertisements for Sandboxie – it’s a brilliant application. 🙂

      I mean no disrespect to the developer’s of MyProtect – but they’re a day late and a dollar short. There are just too many applications that are better than this – including Sandboxie, BufferZone, …………….

      Bill

  2. John

    Hi Bill,

    Just wondering what your thoughts are on the sandbox application available in Comodo Internet Security Premium?

    John

    • Hi John,

      While I don’t have any personal experience with the Comodo sandbox feature, I’m quite aware of it. The reports from users (including those I know personally), are very positive.

      Best,

      Bill

  3. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    I also use Sandboxie and can’t see how this would better it. Thanks again for doing the spadework (digging up all those dandelions) and giving us honest reviews based on personal experience; something else that can’t be bettered.

    Kind regards
    John

    • Hi John,

      Sandboxie is definitely deserving of its reputation – an excellent application.

      I’ve been running with BufferZone Pro the last few months – another terrific application.

      Best,

      Bill

      • John Bent

        Hi Bill,

        Your mention of Bufferzone Pro reminds me that I applied for their Beta program back in March after your review. I got an acknowledgement email saying I would be contacted when my request had been validated and have heard nothing since. I must follow up and see what, if anything, is happening.

        Kind regards
        John