'Keepsafe Browser' Launches on iOS With Tracker Blockers, Secret Tabs, Touch ID/Face ID Log-Ins, and More

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    Keepsafe is a company behind privacy-focused iOS apps like Photo Vault, Blur for iMessages, Unlisted, and Secure VPN Proxy. Today the company expanded its suite of secure apps with the launch of "Keepsafe Browser," an app that enables users to browse the web privately [Direct Link].

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    The company says Keepsafe Browser ensures that all internet browsing history is kept private, and the app prevents third-party trackers from being able to target users. This means that users will be protected from ads, social networks, analytics, and content services built for targeting users online.
    Like other Keepsafe apps, users can lock access to the app using a unique entry code, which can also be tied into the iPhone's biometric security (Touch ID or Face ID) or Android Fingerprint. As long as you have the code set up and toggle on Touch ID/Face ID in settings, the request for Apple's security features will appear after you open the app in place of the code keypad entry field.

    Privacy controls include secret tabs that forget session data after they are closed, meaning that all cookies, caching, and URLs will be deleted. There are also normal tabs that store cookies and URLs locally so that users can quickly return to their favorite websites and remain logged in to their accounts on those sites. In the tab switcher screen, private tabs have a slightly blurred purple hue over them as well.

    Many developers have updated or tested out private browsing modes in iOS apps recently, including YouTube's test of an "incognito mode" for its mobile app. Prior to that, Firefox updated its iOS app with default tracking protection in both regular and private browsing sessions, and last November Mozilla launched spin-off iOS app "Firefox Focus" built around secure web browsing.

    Apple has its own incognito mode alternative called Private Browsing in Safari, which prevents a user's browsing history from being saved, while also asking websites not to track users. At WWDC, the company detailed how privacy and security protections will be improved for users in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, including support for automatic strong passwords. With this feature, Safari automatically creates, autofills, and stores passwords, and flags if they've been reused to make it easier for users to create unique passwords for each login.

    For Keepsafe, the company's new Keepsafe Browser app is available for free on iPhone and iPad [Direct Link].

    Article Link: 'Keepsafe Browser' Launches on iOS With Tracker Blockers, Secret Tabs, Touch ID/Face ID Log-Ins, and More
     
  2. robertcoogan macrumors 6502

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    Cannot....give up....(groan)...cloud tabs...
     
  3. slimtastic Suspended

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    And yet another company we have to "trust". Meh.
     
  4. dannyyankou macrumors 604

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    I want to trust it, but I’ve never heard of this company before. Also, iOS 12 is supposed to have great tracker prevention.
     
  5. canyonblue737 macrumors 6502a

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    Firefox Focus does exactly this and for free.
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    It’s a legit company but there are even larger companies that make similar products for free like Mozilla with Firefox Focus.
     
  6. supercoolmanchu macrumors regular

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    Haven’t people learned to use Safari’s private browsing tabs for porn yet?
     
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    Some but there are still people like two of my cousins for example who didn’t even know what it was lol „oh I just through it looks better in black“
     
  8. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816

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    They do a fantastic job with their KeepSafe app keeping....schoolwork....backed up and secure. I like it. I’ll take a look at the browser but safari private browsing has always worked well for....schoolwork.

    Edit: there’s a lock on the app before it can even be opened. Love it!! I wish iOS would allow us to lock apps behind a pin/touch/Face ID
     
  9. NikoG macrumors newbie

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    Safe from ads and trackers my ass.

    I’m using it now and I just tried accessing an ad infested website to try it: www.kissmanga.com

    It failed horribly.
     
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    This app is free
     
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    Keepsafe create very good apps, some of them being available on macOS too. But browsers are a very competitive market, so it's unclear what new feature they are bringing compared to the others.
     
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    I’m too invested in iCloud tabs and iOS and macOS content blockers.

    I’ve tried to leave Safari many times, but always keep getting pulled back in.

    If only they’d make a content/ad blocker for Chrome on iOS and a version of Chrome that blocks auto play on the Mac...
     
  15. ekurutepe macrumors newbie

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    Hey folks, I'm the product owner of Keepsafe Browser. Thanks for all the feedback and bug reports. This is the first version, please bear with us. We'll be iterating this app very quickly. Let us know what would make it better for you.

    As for the differences to other private browsers, we approach this from a simplicity perspective. Our goal with all of our apps is making privacy and security simple and accessible to everybody. There is bunch of improvements already in the pipeline.

    Keep the feedback coming!
     
  16. Glockworkorange macrumors 65816

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    I love the concept of this app (and privacy focused apps in general). The problem is throughout the day I am switching between laptops and desktops and mobile---I need a browser that can sync across all and I just don't think the privacy browser concept is there yet (or if it will ever get there).
     
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    The only thing what I use is KA-Block.
    No tracking protection but excelent add block. And its free both for iOS and macOS.
     
  18. ekurutepe macrumors newbie

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    I tried different blocker settings but was not able to reproduce the rendering error in the first screenshot. Can you help me out here?

    The NSURLError -999 in the second screenshot is a system error that reports a request has been cancelled (usually because another request is started). Obviously we need to do a better job handling such underlying errors but could it be that your connection was acting up when this happened?
     

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