SRWare Iron is a free and open-source web browser of the future, based on the free Sourcecode “Chromium”. It offers the same features as Chrome, but without the critical points that the privacy concern.
SRWare Iron primarily aims to eliminate usage tracking and other privacy-compromising functionality that the Google Chrome browser includes. While Iron does not provide extra privacy compared to Chromium, it does disable some configurable Chromium features that could share information with third parties.
Google’s Web browser Chrome thrilled with an extremely fast site rendering, a sleek design, and innovative features. But it also gets critic from data protection specialists, for reasons such as creating a unique user ID or the submission of entries to Google to generate suggestions. SRWare Iron is a real alternative.
Comparison of SRWare Iron and Google Chrome at privacy:
Installation-ID – Does not exist in Iron
A copy of Google Chrome includes a generated installation number which will be sent to Google after the installation and the first usage. It gets deleted when Chrome checks the first time for updates. If Chrome is received as part of a promotional campaign, it may generate a unique promotion number which is sent to Google on the first run and first use of Google Chrome.
Suggest – Does not exist in Iron
Depending on the configuration, each time you put something in the address line, this information is sent to Google to provide suggestions.
Alternate Error Pages – Does not exist in Iron
Depending on the configuration, if you have typed a false address in the address bar, this is sent to Google and you get an error message from Google’s servers.
Error Reporting – Does not exist in Iron
Depending on the configuration, details about crashes or failures are sent to Google’s servers.
RLZ-Tracking – Does not exist in Iron
This Chrome-function transmits information in encoded form to Google, for example, when and where Chrome has been downloaded.
Google Updater – Does not exist in Iron
Chrome installs an updater, which loads at every Windows in the background.
URL-Tracker – Does not exist in Iron
Calls depending on the configuration five seconds after launch the Google homepage opens in the background
Changes in SRWare Iron 80.0.4150.0:
- Several minor improvements
- Bug-/Securityfixes (based on latest End of Feb 20-Chromium Patches)
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (32-bit, 64-bit).
Size: 60.4 MB