I just ran into a free offer that promises to make browsing, or anything else for that matter, super-secure.
So far as I can understand it the idea is that, after installing a Virtual Machine (VM) in your computer, you can then create an OS clone inside of it in which you can operate with perfect security because at the end of your session when you shut down everything simply disappears including viruses, trojans, and any other malware you may have picked up during the session.
At the start of your next session you simply create a brand new fresh clone and you're ready to roll again.
The free VM - VMware Player 1.0.2 - along with a virus-safe Internet browser that is also free - Browser-Appliance 1.0 - can be downloaded at:
There are some great reviews of the player on the net that explain the VM concept far better than I can. Here's one good one:
'Why you should try VMWare’s free virtual machine runtime' by David Berlind
There's also another - 'The Internet is a Bad Neighborhood' - which claims that: "Surfing the web with the Browser Appliance is 99.9% safe" but I've misplaced the bookmark.
So it sounds like a great concept (apparently Vista will include its own VM) and I'd love to try it but unfortunately the browser weighs in at a hefty 258 MB and looks as if it needs more memory than I can afford to spare.
But if there are any adventurous spirits around here who decide to take this player for a spin it would be interesting to hear about their experience.
Edited by scratcher, 30 October 2006 - 06:07 PM.