Internet technology firm Zero Knowledge confirmed Friday that its anonymous Internet browser Freedom should be available to Linux users next month.
The company also plans to publish the source code for its browser technology providing full disclosure of its features for those concerned about security.
"Companies should provide source code in order for customers to trust them," says vice president of engineering Paul Hamilton speaking at the London Forum on Surveillance by Design. Zero Knowledge is allowing beta testers to pre-register but Hamilton says that the company still needs more testers for its forthcoming Linux solution.
Also speaking at the forum, chief privacy officer with Zero Knowledge Stephanie Perrin outlined why Internet users should be concerned about government snooping. "The government aren't always bad guys. Often they are good guys. They are just extremely driven and have their own agenda and are not apt to think of your agenda unless you bring it to their attention."
The Freedom browser allows Internet users to avoid Internet tracing technologies by encrypting connections, using privacy conscious network routing across the Internet and by creating pseudonyms called Nyms in order to thwart tracing technologies such as cookies. The Freedom browser client provides protection for Internet Surfing, including SSL (Secure Socket Layer), Email, Internet Chat (IRC) Newsgroup posting and Telnet.
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