- Secure sandboxed browsing
- Integration with other security products
- Its not a browser you’d want to use all the time due to lack of ‘non-security’ features
SafePay itself isn’t new but the concept of having it as a standalone application is. It will keep you safe when using sensitive websites such as your online bank and plays well with other security programs you may already have installed.
Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP SP3 x86, Vista (SP2), Microsoft Windows 7(SP1), Microsoft Windows 8
CPU: 800MHz processor
Memory (RAM): 1 GB
Available free hard disk space: 1 GB free space (at least 800 MB on hard system drive)
Last week Bitdefender, a very well known name in the PC security market, released a beta version of their own browser known as SafePay.
SafePay itself has been around for a while now – you’ll find it integrated into the company’s 2013 lineup of security products (as well as their upcoming 2014 range) – but this is the first time that consumers will be able to pick it up as a standalone product. And its free.
Bitdefender SafePay runs in its own full-screen sandboxed mode and is designed to keep you safe when performing functions such as online banking, internet shopping and other types of financial transactions.
It will also protect you against hacking, phishing, session hijacking and web trackers.
Once installed (you’ll need to log into or create a free MyBitdefender account) and running SafePay will disable other apps and integrate with any other security products you may have installed already. The program is only in beta right now but, bizarely, the one known issues is the fact that it won’t work with other security applications from Bitdefender! Fear not though because the company’s main products have SafePay built in anyway.
When you launch SafePay it will run in a sandboxed environment and will take over your whole screen. As it starts up it will automatically run a scan on your system to ensure there are no viruses or other threats present.
Whilst running, SafePay will not let you run any other programs and, as you can see in the last image, it will not let you take any screenshots which is handy if you step away from your machine for a while.
If you look at the first two images in this post you’ll notice that there is a red triangle in the top left hand corner of the screen. By clicking on this you can switch back and forth between SafePay and your regular desktop environment. This triangular button is the only way to switch between the two.
In addition to being useful for banking sites, etc, the browser can also be used to surf around the general web as usual. You may not want to do that, at least not with this beta version at any rate, because it is lacking in features, especially when compared to the likes of Chrome and Firefox – SafePay is only really advised for when you are using sites that would be considered “sensitive”.
To that end SafePay includes a virtual keyboard. You can use this whenever you have to enter data into a web based form and this will protect you from keyloggers that would otherwise attempt to monitor and record your login credentials.
Is it worth getting?
So is SafePay something you should try out? Well, its free, so there is nothing to lose bar a short amount of your time so it is definitely worthy of your consideration.
As a secure browser for use when banking or shopping it certainly does what it says and will greatly enhance your security, though I do wonder who exactly may use it – Bitdefender fans will already have this functionality built into their existing security software and this type of protection seemed to be the ‘in thing’ last year – many other security firms implemented their own take on the product into their own security packages.
So I guess this may only appeal to a minority of users – those who use their computers for financial transactions and who don’t already have a robust security solution in place – and if any of you are in that position then you want to be trying out SafePay NOW!!!!!!!!!
You can download SafePay in either 32 or 64 bit flavour for Windows by clicking the link in the box below.