SRWare Iron is a web browser based on the Chromium source code, aimed to avoid privacy issues resulting from the use of Google Chrome. One of its distinctive features compared to Chrome is that it has a built-in ad-blocker.
At first sight, SRWare Iron looks almost identical to Chrome. To my surprise, after I had examined it closely, including the menus and settings, I realized there were almost no visual differences. Creating two identical programs obviously makes no sense, so I intuited there had to be something else that could make this program an alternative to Chrome. An Internet search soon let me know that the main difference is that SRWare is much more respectful about people´s privacy than Chrome is. As it does not send information to online servers, it is a favorite among Chrome lovers who do not like to share information with Google. This means that, unlike Chrome, Iron does not use a unique user-ID or send crash information anywhere. The downside of this is that, without the feedback, it is much harder for developers to fix bugs, and this, in the long run, can make Iron lag behind. There is no background-running updater, like in Chrome, either. Despite everything said before about not sending personal information anywhere, Iron does include a Sign in to Iron option. And guess what? It uses a Google account but fortunately logging in is absolutely optional.
Since it uses the same source code, there are no significant speed differences compared to Chrome. This means that Iron is undoubtedly one of the fastest browsers around. And not only that, Iron supports Chrome’s extensions and themes. One of the features you might like about Iron is that it shows 12 preview thumbnails instead of the 8 shown by Chrome.
In general terms, if you are not too concerned about your privacy, you might well stick to your Chrome instead of installing another browser. On the contrary, if you feel your privacy is at stake; if your browser says too much about you, you will have nothing to lose and much to gain by installing SRWare Iron.
- It is free.
- It is fast.
- It uses the same innovative features of Chrome.
- It protects your data.
- It includes a built-in add-blocker.
- It supports Chrome's themes and extensions
- Not sending information about crash events can hinder bug fixing