Dell Releases Locked-Down Firefox

Dell's Secure Firefox

It looks as if Dell is going into the browser business, with its virtualized version of Firefox.  The idea here is to provide the users a virtual instance of the browser, so that malware and other bad things can’t reach your main system files. This in turn would reduce your overall exposure to drive-by malware attacks from websites that might host malicious code.

Not to get too geeky, by keeping the browser and the rest of the PC in two separate environments – hopefully this will lessen the chance you have of being totally hosed if you happen to stumble across a bad part of the web out there.  Dell has also renamed their version of Firefox to the Dell Kace Secure Browser.

Here are some of the features:

  • Provides a virtualized and contained Firefox v3.6 Browser with Adobe Reader and Flash plug-ins
  • Rapidly reset any changes made during normal use back to their initial state, enabling easy recovery from infections or attacks
  • View statistics related to the number of processes detected and blocked
  • Set white and black lists to limit access to known good sites, or prevent access to known bad sites to further limit the risk of attack and infection

If you want to try it out for yourself, you can download the Dell Kace Secure Browser from Dell’s website.

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