Forkle Beta (tiny HTTPS-only web browser)

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  1. svenfaw

    svenfaw Registered Member

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    What does it feel like to use the Web with a browser that blocks HTTP websites?
    It is 2018 and thanks to Let's Encrypt and a few other big players, it is now reasonably painless.

    Forkle is a very low-footprint browser with support for HTTPS sites only.
    Other features are listed on the website.

    Warning - Early BETA:
    Forkle is an experimental project, with many missing or incomplete features, and may not be for everyone.

    Download it from: https://www.trustprobe.com/fs1/apps.html

    Note: Current builds are Trident based, so a fully patched OS is a prerequisite.
     
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  2. Floyd 57

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    Ugh, I can already do that by blocking port 80 with my firewall, as well as many other ways, why would I use that
     
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  4. Floyd 57

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    The requested URL /forkle_x64.zip was not found on this server.

    Quite hilarious the link is clickable but the button is grey :D
     
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  5. Mr.X

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    Hmm click on it...
     
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  6. svenfaw

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    x64 build is up now.
     
  7. Brummelchen

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    "trident"? kidding? using the worst of all engines - ie!?
     
  8. svenfaw

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    Until a few months ago, I would have fully agreed with you, as I was a Chrome/Firefox user for 10+ years. But I reviewed and compared all options, and was surprised to find that there are in fact several good reasons for choosing Trident for an experimental browser, even when taking its obvious weaknesses into account. I will probably add a FAQ with the details behind the reasoning.

    That said, I am certainly interested in adding support for the Chromium engine, as some websites no longer work properly with Trident.
     
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  9. trott3r

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    Hmm need to install the latest updates to win7 64bit.

    I am only a month behind, bit surprised you have to be that up to date.
     
  10. ichito

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    Ok...interesting thing...I'm looking light browser as the addon for e-mail client so I'll try it.
    BTW...why ExeWatch is not mentioned on your page? :isay:

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    I observe that Forkle can't open some HTTPS pages...should I chenge something in config.txt?
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  11. svenfaw

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    Could you download the latest build and try again?
    I've fixed a bug with URLs containing IP addresses.
    Also, you can open the tld.ini file in a text editor to configure the list of allowed TLDs.
    The tld.ini file acts as a whitelist.

    PS: ExeWatch is gone - I'm currently too busy with other things. Are you still using it?
     
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  12. elapsed

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    Why does this even exist?
    Don't like HTTP? Install HTTPS Everywhere in [your favourite browser] and tick the "block all HTTP" checkbox.
     
  13. Beyonder

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    HTTPS Everywhere can also block HTTP traffic in literally 2 clicks. Seems like another pointless project.
     
  14. Mr.X

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    Hmm, then this browser's not for me.
     
  15. ichito

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    It looks fast and light...for now I'll stay with it. It work properly in "restricted mode" by SpyShelter.
    @svenfaw
    Thanks...edited tld.ini and Polish adresses already are working :) ExeWatch?...yes, it still exists on my XP and Vista and is...actualy was...launched from time to time. "Was" because those two my mashines are corrupted and I try fix it although I don't know the results :(
     
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    v0.54.4.7 is available, with a lower footprint, and new detection logic against certain types of scripting exploits.

    Note that starting with this version, only x64 builds will be available unless there is enough demand for x86.
     
  18. svenfaw

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    v0.55.0.2 is available (performance and stability improvements)
     
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    v0.57.0.4 beta is up, fixing some more bugs and adding the ability to clear cookies in 2 clicks.

    Coming next is the URL pattern watch feature (mostly useful to bug hunters), which is pretty unique among browsers.
     
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    v0.58.0.3 is available (mostly a bugfix release, plus some nice ad-blocking improvements.)
     
  21. svenfaw

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    v0.60.0.14 is now available (new context menu, improved memory usage)

    Forkle is probably the smallest web browser with a built-in ad/script blocker (even though it's not configurable at this stage)

    Memory usage when https://lite.cnn.io is loaded: 9.5MB (compare with other browsers)

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