Scott's Take: PC World took a look at Silo from the lens of anonymous and private browsing. That’s not a primary market for us, and he missed the password management and policies, but not revealing who you are or where you’re coming from is a nice collateral benefit of the browser in the cloud. Read the full article for free at PC World.
Services that mask your identity online can preserve your privacy, but they can also be slow and unwieldy. Disconnect said Monday it had tweaked and upgraded its search capabilities to improve its speed, while Silo, an anonymous browser vendor, recently launched a personal edition for individuals.
Neither service gives the full functionality of a virtual private network, which can route the data sent to and from your router through a private “tunnel” that can anonymize your own IP. Silo comes close, but it includes a deliberate handicap: It prevents audio from playing within the browser, which makes it unusable for viewing videos of any sort.
Silo—secure, anonymous browsing, but that’s all
So-called “cloud browsing” became one of the hot topics of 2011, when Amazon revealed that its “Silk” browser tapped into its own server network for additional speed, as well as intercepting exploits before they could hit its Kindle tablets. Authentic8’s Silo browser originally took the same approach for businesses, offering a BYOD solution. Essentially, users could bring an iPad into their company, access whatever information they wanted, and then destroy any cookies or other information once the session was closed.
Last month, Silo for personal users debuted, offering security and anonymity through its cloud browser. Silo protects your IP address, and it also blocks cookies from being stored on your machine. This can be good and bad: On one hand, your can rest assured that your session won’t be tracked by a third-party agency you don’t know or trust; on the other, all of your data is being passed through Authentic8, a startup you probably don’t know or necessarily trust, either.
And eventually, you’ll have to do so. Authentic8 offers a no-risk one-month trial—you just download it and begin surfing, and the company doesn’t even bother asking for a credit card. After that, however, Authentic8 will charge you $10 per month, with the first two months for free.