I ran across this new browser recently, Epic.
Why should I use Epic?
When you use the Epic Privacy Browser, you get privacy in a fast, simple browser! Have a fabulous browsing experience and gain privacy over what you browse and search. Protect your browsing and searches from hundreds of companies and governments.
Awesome, except for one thing – The software is closed source, and worse is supported by essentially a form of advertising.
Epic like most browsers earns a commission on searches we drive. So the more you use Epic’s default search engine, the more you support Epic and our continued privacy efforts
Combine this with the fact it is owned by a private company based out of the US (and thus subject to NSL and the like.)
Hidden Reflex is a privately-funded software start-up company based in the United States
Sadly, great idea, bad execution. If you want to have a higher assurance of privacy, you shouldn’t use this, use an open source browser with appropriate security related plugins – NoScript, RequestPolicy, Adblock edge (Not Adblock plus, which has been compromised). These are a good start, there are others out there that can help even more.
Sadly, if you are a company that wants to provide a believable amount of privacy, you must do at least the following:
- Your company cannot be based out of the US (Lavabit had to shut down, likely to avoid being forced to put backdoors in it’s software). I am forced to assume that any organization based out of the US is (or can be) similarly compromised.
- Your company needs to have it’s software open sourced. You can keep the copyright on the brand however. (Open Sourced software allows for more public review of the code.)
- You company needs to not use servers in the US to store your code or installer and you should have a hash of your installer to assure it’s not been tampered with.
Without those 3 things, you can no longer claim your software has privacy in mind and be believed anymore.