Later: Answer: Yes. https://twitter.com/jeremiahg/status/392335814048247808
It seems like closed-source is antithesis to "designed for the every day person who really values their online security and privacy."
So "the job" here involving making a browser not do things, which you can't see. How often pray tell do you pay somebody to perform a job you can't verify the outcome of, but take him by his word that he did it?
Instead I got a website from whitehatsec.com claiming to provide me a more secure web browser for free, claiming it's perfectly safe to put in my bank account info into it.
Won't touch it with a barge pole. My spidey sense is tingling for one reason or another.
But I agree ;)
a) without publishing the source code, and
b) acting surprised when people don't trust it.
Seriously, what was @jeremiahg thinking?
I'm actually happy when browsers keep their core features as lean as possible and instead do the work that enable plugin creators to create functionality. More true for ad-blocking, where you want the plugin to be updated more often than the browser itself (e.g., for newer lists, new techniques for detecting ads).
" As the adage goes, “If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.” Browsers are no different,
WhiteHat Security has no interest or stake in the online advertising industry, so we can offer a browser free of ulterior motives. What you see is what you get. We aren’t interested in tracking you or your browsing history, or in letting anyone else have that information either."
I was hoping that this was something I could pay for. It's still a free web browser.
I hope they're more careful with their software design and monetization plan than they were with that announcement. And at some point they should probably address that it's still an advertisement–for their services.
"Closed Source: Check
Potential GPL license violation: Check
Random “whitehate” company using wordpress to host website: Check.
Maybe it’s just me, but unless I see the source, I wouldn’t touch this with even a virtual machine."
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Which makes it even more interesting that they're using Google Analytics to track visitors and sources on their site.