Comodo Unleashes The Dragon

Internet Safety company Comodo has released a new browser, based upon the Google Chrome code, but spruced up graphically, and with promises to keep up its development.

Their website says this about the reasons for switching to the Dragon browser –

As we begin the second decade of the 21st Century, few would argue the point that the Web has grown up. The fact is today, the Internet is the world’s foremost communicative medium. Each day, the volume of messages it transmits, the tidal wave of credentials, ID numbers and passwords it requires, the preponderance of data it exhibits, and the endless array of transactions it helps consummate is unsurpassed!

So there has never been a more appropriate time to answer every Web user’s need for a swifter, more versatile and more stable Browser. And the recent launch of Google Chrome has gone a long way toward fulfilling this need. Except for one thing.

Today’s Web users require MORE than a Browser that is faster, nimbler and more stable. They need one that is secure too! In 2009 alone, more than 25 million new strains of malware were created, causing a 400% jump in compromised Web sites worldwide.

This is exactly why Comodo, the world’s leading online security and trust assurance innovator, has stepped forward with Comodo Dragon. – A Chromium technology-based Browser that offers you all of Chrome’s features PLUS the unparalleled level of security and privacy you only get from Comodo. Including a greater level of privacy than Chromium technology offers.

Yes, the Internet has grown up. But the sophistication of millions of hackers, scammers, phishers and thieves has grown too. Which all makes Comodo Dragon THE Browser to have in the second decade of the twenty-first century.

That’s very nice, but what is it that makes Dragon better than, say, SRWare’s Iron, which I currently use as a backup browser?

The Comodo companies are innovative and prolific developers of online security and trust assurance solutions. The Comodo Dragon has taken the latest Chromium technology and beefed it up in the one way necessary to make it the optimum Browser to use on today’s malware plagued Internet. – Superior Security and Privacy. Comodo Dragon not only gives you the complete compliment of features offered by Chromium (key features listed above), it also gives you Comodo’s unsurpassed security and privacy features.

Comodo Dragon Security:
  • 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

So Comodo Dragon appears to be a bit more safe, but not having any sophisticated means of testing in my home, I must say that while I trust this company to tell the truth, I wonder how much puffing might be going on.  Since the price is free, nothing other than reputation is on the line, yet I wonder if the browser has much more to offer just yet. I am thinking that the next revision will bring tie-ins to their firewall-antivirus product, but I have nothing other than intuition to base it on.

The product works well, (for the most part – it offers to import settings from the default browser, and in my case, it is Opera 10.1. It imported the default stuff from Internet Exploder 8, which never gets any use on my machine) but is clearly based on an early Chrome 3.x version, as far as the codebase goes. Though themes will install, sometimes the Google page will complain that themes are not supported, all the while installing any one of them. Also, extensions are not supported, which is what is causing Chrome to catch on like wildfire. There is certainly some additional code, as the 3.x revisions of Iron were around 8 MB to download, while Dragon is a rather hefty-by-comparison 21 MB.

For Comodo to really let the Dragon breathe some fire, it will need to build the next revision with the 4.xx code at least. The power of the extension is not to be trifled with. The look and feel has been changed for the better in my opinion, and hopefully Comodo will bring another revision soon, not only adding the extension support, but further building on the features they are espousing, and at the very least, discuss the features that differentiate Dragon from simple Chrome, or bare Iron.

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