Comodo Dragon and privacy

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by topguynow, Mar 10, 2012.

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  1. topguynow
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    Comodo Dragon browser claims to have eliminated the privacy concerns of Google Chrome. Has this been confirmed as legitimate? I remember it was unclear at one time.
  2. Sam Hell
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    *bump* :doubt: Sorry, kind of like to know also how you folks rate this. Or is perhaps silence the answer? :blink:
  3. shuverisan
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    I think it's more like Comodo Dragon users have claimed Dragon eliminates Chrome privacy concerns. Here's Comodo's page for Dragon.
    http://www.comodo.com/home/browsers-toolbars/browser.php

    They seem to stress the changes made to improve security moreso than they emphasize privacy, but the privacy changes they do make are either unnamed or already part of the Chromium base. They mention cookie protection (seriously?? :rolleyes: ) and "download tracking", which is a vague choice of words. If you download something from a website, that site will know, regardless of your web browser. It can be a CSS file for the page, or a full Iron Man movie, no way to hide it. Any company that advertises incognito mode as a benefit over the original product which already has incognito mode, is just employing FUD tactics.

    As for, "Has privacy enhancements that surpass those in Chromium's technology", they don't say what Dragon does differently so we have no way of knowing even if they change anything at all. You can try contacting them to see what they say. There's not much more you can do to Chromium other than coding in your own totally new features, which would be a significant accomplishment and (assumingly) a selling point anyone would be eager to identify.

    I've done a buttload of testing with Chrome. It has come a LONG way in its privacy measures through it's lifespan. In perspective with all the other Google services, it's a shell. It's a container you see your Gmail, Google+ or Gsearch from. Those service do contain very valid privacy issues, IMO, just like many other parts of thew web. Still, the container is the least of one's worries when JavaScript, HTML5, Flash and other plugins are allowed to operate unrestrained.

    If you're reading about Chrome & privacy and the article is dated before 2010, just press CTRL+W and move on. I've not used Dragon since version 7 and my Windows VM is borked with no time to fix it recently, but I would like to do some playing around with Dragon. I do remember it asking to change your DNS settings to Comodo's, so there's a security perk.

    Give Dragon a try, what's the worst that could happen? Also have a quick read here,
    http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/chrome/google-chrome-privacy-whitepaper.pdf
  4. Sam Hell
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    Thanks for the read awkwardpenguin. I've also bookmarked the simple computer and will be returning. (Cool site. Is it yours? No way to subscribe?)

    The gist seems that Dragon's claims eerily similar to Iron's. (Don't much care for how Iron (mis)handles '''cookie protection" BTW.) Through extensions and config I have, over a long time, built myself the safest & most productive FF 3.6 browser in the world! :blink: Trouble is the wheels keep coming off :ouch: and since i don't look forward to starting from scratch with latest v it's time I get serious about Chromium alternatives. The mention of Google makes my hairs stand on end, a purely visceral reaction, I am none the less pleased overall with the Iron 16 i'm currently playing with. (One can only hope WebStore vets it's extension submissions as diligently as Mozilla :doubt:) . You're right, whats the worst. I'll play Iron V. Dragon soon as I get a chance.

    Cheers, and have a good day :thumb: .
  5. shuverisan
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    No problem, and thanks for the good words. Yes, it's my site although unfortunately it's taken a back seat over the past few weeks to school stuff. I don't have a mailing list or a feed but do intend to add that hopefully in the near future. I have at least another handful of half finished things to work on so when the semester is over, a deluge of goodness will begin.

    I'm curious though, what makes FF10 unappealing but Chromium based browsers attractive to you? You're totally starting from the ground up with something Chromium based whereas you could probably import your Firefox profile into 10 with minimal issues, if any. Or am I misunderstanding you?
  6. Kees1958
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    The improvements I can detect are:
    1. Enable incognito in 'under the hood' options instead of command switch
    2. Use Comodo DNS filtering
    3. Quick access to comodo site inspector via icon


    Some issues (as allways with Comodo)
    1. Some extensions have glitches or don't work in incognito mode, example of a minor glitch: warning screens of bitdefender trafficlight are not displayed (in stead a Comodo 'web page not available' screen is shown).
    2. Comodo DNS is slower than snail mail, keep the ones you use now (or Norton DNS)
    3. Comodo site inspector does not work under 'incognito' mode


    But then at Comodo they are allways happy to announce 'lots of bug fixes' (maybe their development scrum masters/quality control officers/test managers rotate jobs so fast that there is not time for leassons learned evaluation)
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012
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