Avast Secure Browser

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Avast Secure Browser
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Avast Secure Browser on Windows 10
Avast Secure Browser on Windows 10
Developer(s)Avast
Stable release(s)
75.0.1447.81 (28 June 2019; 2 months ago (2019-06-28)[1]) [±]
Written inMainly C++, among others[2]
EnginesBlink, V8
Operating systemWindows
Size488 MB
TypeWeb browser
LicenseFreeware
Websitewww.avast.com/secure-browser

Avast Secure Browser (formerly SafeZone) is a web browser developed by Avast that focuses on Internet security and privacy. It is based on Chromium. Initially, Avast Secure Browser was bundled with paid versions of Avast Antivirus. In March 2016, Avast started bundling it with the free version as well. Avast Secure Browser was originally called "SafeZone" before being revamped and rebranded as "Avast Secure Browser" in early 2018.[3] Before the revamp and rename, SafeZone's design was similar to that of the Opera browser.[4]

Features[edit]

Besides the features inherent to Chromium, Avast Secure Browser includes the following features:[5]

  • Ad Block: A content filter that comes with the EasyList and Adblock Plus Acceptable Ads Program subscriptions.
  • Bank Mode: A browsing mode that is designed to protect the user against "a potentially hijacked host or network, and also prevents keyloggers and network-based eavesdropping from capturing any [data]." Bank Mode automatically activates when it detects that the user has reached a banking website or a payment page, although it can be manually invoked. It runs from an alternate desktop that is isolated from other processes that cannot be called within Bank Mode.
  • Passwords: A password manager and form auto-filler. It also suggests allegedly secure passwords on sign up forms. Passwords allows the user to sync passwords across browsers, desktop and mobile via the Avast Passwords add-ons and apps that are synced to the user's Avast Account.[6]
  • Video Downloader: A plug-in that offers to download videos being watched by the user on selected websites. It allows the user to choose video quality and, in some cases, to download the soundtrack of the video as an audio file.
  • Anti-tracking and anti-fingerprinting: The software prevents the collection of information about the user's computer or browsing history that could be used to build a profile of the user.[3]
  • Anti-Phishing: A module analyzes internet traffic for phishing attempts before malicious software is executed.[7]

Avast Secure Browser also blocks the user from accessing known malicious webpages and extensions.[8] All of the software's features are controlled from a central user interface called the "Security & Privacy Center."[9]

History[edit]

In December 2015, Tavis Ormandy identified a security vulnerability that could allow hackers to insert malicious JavaScript code into the browsers of Avast SafeZone Browser users. Avast quickly deployed a temporary fix and repaired the vulnerability a few days later.[10][11][12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Avast Secure Browser". Softpedia. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Chromium (Google Chrome)". Ohloh.net. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b "SafeZone secure web browser rebrands as Avast, adds new features". MobileSyrup. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  4. ^ Venkat Eswarlu (24 March 2016). "Avast makes SafeZone browser available to free version users as well". Techdows. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  5. ^ Steve-Avast (27 February 2016). "SafeZone browser - Frequently Asked Questions". Avast forum. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  6. ^ Avast Passwords: FAQ
  7. ^ "Avast Secure Browser". ComputerBild (in German). Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  8. ^ Avast SafeZone
  9. ^ "Avast Secure Browser: Mehr Privatsphäre beim Surfen". computerbild.de (in German). Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  10. ^ Lucian Constantin (5 February 2016). "Serious flaw discovered in Avast's security-focused SafeZone browser". PCWorld. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  11. ^ Muncaster, Phil (8 February 2016). "Avast Patches Critical SafeZone Flaw". Infosecurity Magazine. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  12. ^ taviso (18 December 2015). "Avast: A web-accessible RPC endpoint can launch "SafeZone" (also called Avastium), a Chromium fork with critical security checks removed". Project Zero. Retrieved 4 May 2019.

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