HP Announces Virtual Firefox
HP has announced that it will start offering a virtualized version of Firefox on new desktop computers. The virtual browser will be the initial offering of HP’s Virtual Solutions and it’s based on Symantec’s Software Virtualization Solution (SVS). What does all this mean for the end user?
Imagine surfing the web and suddenly encountering a malicious webpage that attempts a drive-by-download or other infection method. In today’s practices you have only your Antivirus and Antispyware to protect you against such an attack but what if your browser could isolate this process from your computer? (This is commonly referred to as “sandboxing”). This is precisely the power of Virtual Firefox.
This more secure browser collects all your browsing information, such as cookies and history, in a “virtual sandbox.” If you encounter a problem, accidentally load a virus or inadvertently run a malicious program, you simply click the browser’s RESET button and it clears the incident like it never happened.
No infection, no traces, nothing. A simple RESET and all your worries are gone.
I’m very excited to see such technology promoted and adopted by a manufacturer like HP. For years we’ve relied on limited user accounts and AV/AS to protect us but most of these attempts are fruitless because numerous software vendors need the an admin user account to run and AV/AS is it’s own nightmare. I’m already a big fan of HP and huge supporter of Firefox so I can’t wait to get my hands on this solution for testing.
The Internet is still the Wild Wild West and it is high time that we recognize that our we browser should be isolated from our host operating system. For more info visit the Mozilla Firefox for HP Virtual Solutions homepage.