It’s always been interesting to watch which open source browser third-parties branch off of when they start offering up their own web surfing app. Up until recently Firefox was the popular choice mostly because it was, well, one of the only viable choices. Now that Google Chrome is on the scene and gaining market share that appears to be changing.
Many of you know Comodo because of their free firewall utility, and some may even be a proponent of their antivirus. Their newest creation, Comodo Dragon, is a Chrome-based web browser that doesn’t add much to the feature set already found in Chrome. I thought that maybe they’d make it interesting by having Comodo Dragon work hand-in-hand with some of their other products, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
I wanted to see how this differed from Chrome, and went looking around for details on what “privacy and security enhancements” there actually were. I couldn’t actually find details on the changes they’ve made other than that they have removed the tracking capabilities Google embeds in Chrome. Aside from that all I have to go off of are the bullets they provide:
- Has privacy enhancements that surpass those in Chromium’s technology
- Has Domain Validation technology that identifies and segregates superior SSL certificates from inferior ones
- Stops cookies and other Web spies
- Prevents all Browser download tracking to ensure your privacy
The browser itself feels exactly like Chrome… except for the (much) uglier skin. I guess what intrigued me was not that Comodo is offering a browser, but rather that they chose to go with Chrome as their starting point. I know their are some other spin-offs, such as ChromePlus, but if all Comodo was looking to do was make a branded browser they could have easily gone with Firefox as well. It may not mean much now, but if this turns into a trend we could see it affecting Firefox’s market share… which has already been rather stagnant since the release of Chrome.
Comodo Dragon Browser (Windows only; Freeware)