Q&A 'Secure Browsers' by AV vendors are a Scam!

Spawn

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Most of these marketed 'Secure browsers' by security vendors are a scam.

A browser platform used to further sell you (and your data) with more vendor software.


For the sake of simplicity, here's my view:
  1. Clones Chromium
  2. Re-brands with their companies name + Secure + fancy Logo
  3. Infiltrates browser with baked-in vendor-created extensions, and some re-named free and open-source software
  4. Bundles with their security software
  5. Vendor-created extensions cannot be removed, only disabled
  6. Vendor-created extensions require additional software that runs outside of the browser
  7. Software requires a paid license for full-functionality
  8. Turning off vendor-created extension will throw a warning to the User that their data is at risk!
  9. Browser updates are delayed due to extra time required
  10. Vendor-created extensions may be flawed that expose you, or your data!
  11. Vendor clones a Dev or Beta branch of Chromium to test experimental features
  12. Vendor abandons project leaving Users vulnerable with flawed extensions and browser [Worst-case Scenario]


Feel free to add your thoughts, or criticise with the above points.


TAKEAWAY: By using an up-to-date version of Chrome, Edge or Firefox you are far more secure.
 

Spawn

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Sharing as an example, but can apply to any vendor.

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Arequire

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No one is even vetting these browsers.
And when they do, oh boy...