The developer of antiviruses Avast presented a large-scale update of its browser, which changed its name from SafeZone to Avast Secure Browser and now gives users more control over their security on the network.
The browser no longer resembles an Opera clone and looks like a typical Chromium fork. The main change is the new "Security and Privacy Center", where the relevant settings are collected. Avast Secure Browser protects against phishing and tracking activity on the network, there is even a mode of hiding data about the browser itself (it can interfere with the operation of some sites, but the developers honestly warn about it). The ad blocker has not disappeared anywhere.
The new version will block unreliable extensions, and also supports HTTPS encryption for increased security. Some functions, including the paranoid mode of banking operations, only work when the Avast antivirus is installed. When testing the load of pages on thousands of popular sites, the browser was 30% faster than the main competitors (but this is more the merit of AdBlock).
A survey of 10,000 people showed that 42% of respondents use private browsing or incognito mode in the browser. 65% believe that they are protected from surveillance of companies, states or advertising networks. In fact, this is not true, they say in Avast.
Where does it work?
Avast Secure Browser is available for Windows 10, 8 and 7. For existing SafeZone users, the new browser will be installed automatically as an update. In 2018, it is also planned to release mobile versions for Android and iOS.
Against the background of the scandal with the data of Facebook users the best moment for the announcement of "browser without surveillance" can not be imagined.