Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Dermot7, Feb 11, 2012.
Isn't it possible to convert a regular browser into a "single-site browser"? For example, one could make a filter using AdBlock Plus to block everything and then add an exception for the site(s) one wants to allow?
Edit: from the link, "Practically no one in the marketplace offers SSBs, you have to build them yourself. "
You already can achieve this in Chromium (I think it was introduced back in Google Chrome as well.).
"C:\Program Files\Chromium\chrome.exe" --host-rules="MAP * 127.0.0.1, EXCLUDE *.google.com"
In the above example, you'd be mapping everything to 127.0.0.1 (loopback), except google.com and any sub-domain. You could also map to -www.google.com, and in this case you'd only be able to connect to -www.google.com, but not any sub-domains.
I've been running my Chromium profiles to access my e-mail accounts, Youtube and others this way for a long time now.
To add more domains, you'd use a comma separated list.
--host-rules="MAP * 127.0.0.1, EXCLUDE *.google.com","MAP * 127.0.0.1, EXCLUDE *.wilderssecurity.com"
From the explanation:
Also very interesting
Did you encounter a time when it wasn't working?
Yes, I have. I was the one reporting it*. After a while, they reintroduced it back. It's too valuable to kill it, IMHO.
* It wasn't a bug. They had deliberately killed the --host-rules flag, before I reported it.
Yes, they claimed it was a dev thing only and that later some extension or the other would provide the facility. The nice thing about Chromium/Chrome is the number of switches available. Firefox has very few.
Firefox has way more - about:config is huge and you can create keys of your own. Chrome only has like... maybe 50-100 active flags, most of which don't do much.
Is about:config a command-line switch? Is it?
Well you got me there lol
There's also one other way to have Site-specific in Google Chrome, by going to Wrench - Tools - Create Application Shortcuts.
I find the --host-rules flag a more elegant way, as you still retain the full browser (settings and all that). I suppose people always have different preferences, though.
I went back to the link referenced by Dermot7 in the first post. There's a comment linking to a pdf file (from Oct 2011 and co-authored by at least one Google heavyweight) that makes very difficult reading.
The file is titled "App Isolation: Get the Security of Multiple Browsers with Just One". I wonder if things are more complicated than they appear
Of course... lol
Some more background reading:
"App Isolation: Get the Security of Multiple Browsers with Just One" >>> link to pdf file -http://research.google.com/pubs/archive/37198.pdf-
BTW, one of the authors, CR, is "an active ultimate frisbee player".