66.0.3359.117 (May 30, 2018) [±]
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Available in||English and Spanish|
Comodo Dragon is a freeware web browser. It is based on Chromium and is produced by Comodo Group. Sporting a similar interface to Google Chrome, Dragon does not implement Chrome's user tracking and some other potentially privacy-compromising features, substituting them for its own user tracking implementations, and provides additional security measures, such as indicating the authenticity and relative strength of a website's SSL certificate.
Upon installation, Comodo Dragon offers the opportunity to configure either the Comodo Dragon or the user's entire computer to use Comodo's own DNS servers instead of the user's Internet service provider. Comodo Dragon performs additional checks on the SSL digital certificates of secure websites, and informs users if a site's certificate may be of insufficient strength. It includes an on-demand site inspector designed to determine if a site hosts malicious code.
In addition, the following Google Chrome features are removed or disabled in Dragon:
- Google user tracking
- Automatic access to Google Search on startup for users with Google as default search engine
- Google-hosted error pages when a server is not present
- Automatic address bar search suggestions
- Bug tracking system, which sends information about crashes or errors
- Built-in PDF viewer and Adobe Flash Player which is sandboxed
- Google Native Client (NaCl) support
- H.264 codec
- Google Safe Browsing which blocks malicious and phishing sites
- Google Docs which opens various document and spreadsheet formats
- Google Translate, which automatically translates webpages in foreign languages
A Google engineer publicly disclosed a serious security vulnerability in Comodo Dragon after Comodo failed to respond to the issue within the 90 days Google provides software vendors. The advisory warns users who install Comodo Dragon that Dragon replaces their default browser, hijacks DNS settings, and disables the same-origin policy, which exposes users by allowing malicious websites to access private data.
Comodo license and tracking
Their privacy statement says that only in California is the IP address considered personal information. Comodo creates log files which track users, identifiable by cookie or browser features (and IP address outside California): "Comodo uses log files comprising of non-personally identifiable information to ... track movements throughout the site ... and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use."
The browser is supported by ads which "relate to the content of information as part of the Product or queries made through the Product." They include many other software products, each with its own license.
The license also requires disputes to be settled by arbitration in New Jersey. Users must give accurate registration information, and pay Comodo's costs " that, directly or indirectly, are based on your breach of this agreement, information provided by you, or your infringement on the rights of a third party."
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