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Can You Hide Your Web Browser While Surfing at Work or School?

If you have to sneak around, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it. You could get fired or expelled. However, there is one way to hide your surfing from other people as they walk past your computer. GhostZilla was designed to help with this exact problem.

ghost-from-clif What is GhostZilla? It’s a web browser that behaves like a scared chameleon. It blends into your desktop windows so well that anyone who’s more than 2 feet away won’t even see it at first. If someone is looking, a single mouse movement causes GhostZilla to disappear completely.

GhostZilla is a modified version of the Mozilla web browser, which is no longer supported. The Mozilla and Netscape browsers are the parents of the modern Firefox browser. You could say GhostZilla is an aging uncle to Firefox. The main feature of GhostZilla is that it appears inside the window frame of any application window that’s on top at the time.

Here’s what it looks like before you launch –

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– and after you launch GhostZilla, you see this.

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While you are surfing, you’ll notice that the text is displayed in a low contrast mode, and gray images will only appear as you hover your mouse over them.

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When you want GhostZilla to disappear, just move the mouse out of the window and it disappears, leaving behind the original window.

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To get GhostZilla back, you need to move your mouse all the way to the left edge of the display screen, then back to the right edge, and finally back to the left edge once again. Suddenly, GhostZilla should re-appear in the current active window.

There are a few problems with GhostZilla as it currently stands.
• It’s an abandoned project
• The original website is no longer there
• It doesn’t work as well in Vista/Win7 (XP is fine)
• It’s pretty big – 26mb

GhostZilla is a free and open source (FOSS) portable app. You can download it, unzip it and run it from a folder, flash memory stick, USB thumb drive or CD. To start GhostZilla, double click the Start-Ghostzilla-CD.exe file.

There is a current add-on project, named GhostFox, which is trying to duplicate the features of GhostZilla in the Firefox browser. However, I have not been able to get it to work because of add-on compatibilities. Once this add-on is working, it should be the ideal way to go.

If anyone out there has the time, I’d like to see a portable version of Firefox with the GhostFox add-on enabled and running by default. Be sure to let us know if you succeed.

Download GhostZilla:

http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=681

Techie Buzz Verdict:

GhostZilla is a great idea that isn’t great for everyone at this time. It’s old, it’s big and it’s no longer supported. However, some of you may find it useful. Remember that I warned you not to secretly do your web surfing at work or school.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Average)

Yauba: A ‘Privacy Safe’ Search Engine

Search engines like Google and Yahoo! are great when it comes to accuracy and relevancy but they aren’t the best thing if you are concerned about your privacy. They store information about your search history and use that to improve their algorithms.

If you want to search the internet anonymously and don’t want the search engine to remember what you searched for or what was your IP address, Yauba is an excellent alternative. Yauba is a “privacy safe” search engine meaning it doesn’t store any information about your searches, your IP address, your browsing habits or any other personally identifiable information.

Other than that, Yauba works like a regular search engine allowing you to search websites, news, blogs, images, videos, files and even torrents. You can select any of these categories to narrow down your search or select all the places to perform a global search. With Yauba, search results include a thumbnail of the website and provide a link to the home page of the website in addition to the page containing your keywords. Another feature that makes Yauba unique is the consolidation of results in different categories such as news, social networks, real-time search e.t.c.

Yauba also works as a proxy server by letting you browse websites anonymously. Every search result includes a little link titled Visit Website Anonymously that lets you browse the website without compromising your privacy. Yauba also offers a lite version of the search engine that is even faster.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Yauba is a great search engine that is both intelligent and privacy-safe. You can use it as an anonymous search engine or a proxy server to visit websites anonymously. Yauba’s intelligent algorithm combined with a great interface makes it one of the best search engines around.

Rating: 4/5