A Self Contained Web Browser For Your Flash Drive

When I am on the internet on a public computer, it worries me that I may leave traces (or a digital footprint) behind that could potentially compromise my privacy and the access to my online accounts. To remedy this problem I resort to running my own web browser from my flash drive in the form of a portable app. I have tried numerous variations of these portable browser types and have found that there is still a potential for data leakage on the host machine and have found that these browsers have a tendency to slow down after a period of time.

Recently I came across another portable browser variation that is based on the Firefox platform, called Pale Moon, that is currently on my plate for testing.

Pale Moon

The portable version of  Pale Moon is supposed to be completely self contained where nothing is stored on the host computer (such as your bookmarks, passwords, downloads, etc). Pale Moon portable has been specifically designed to run on removable media (such as a flash drive) where high wear and slow read/write access is the nature of the beast. With Pale Moon portable there appears to be no active disk caching going on to keep this wear and tear to a minimum. This may slow actual web page loads, but I found it to be actually quite responsive.

The really good part about Pale Moon is that the Pale Moon project is really a custom-built and optimized Firefox-based browser for Windows. It has been optimized to make sure to get the most speed and efficiency out of your browser!  So, if you use Firefox, you will surely like Pale Moon.

This means that this browser, however extremely close to Firefox in the way it works, does not have all the functions that Firefox has. A few, carefully selected, features have been disabled that are not in high demand, and that do not interfere with the way web pages are displayed or function; all to maximize speed and efficiency of the browser. Please see the page with technical details to learn exactly what the browser supports, and what it doesn’t support. In short, if you need accessibility features or parental controls, then please visit the firefox homepage and get the official, non-optimized build.


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