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RainDrop

PRIVACY

THE PROBLEM

Are you concerned about your privacy online? Don't want your full navigation history to be handed out to third parties?

Every day, a large part of your navigation is tracked and your browsing history is collected by several third parties. Even if you have blocked cookies on your browser, these service providers know a lot about you:

  • Your DNS provider (Google DNS, OpenDNS, your ISP) knows all the domains you requested and when.
  • Advertising networks serve you a script, a banner or a tracking image for virtually each site you visit, and therefore know what specific pages you requested and when. The largest ones (AdSense and DoubleClick) are operated by Google, which knows also your search history and operates a large-scale DNS service (Google DNS, see above).
  • Content Delivery Networks (CDN) such as Akamai, MaxCDN, CloudFlare, Amazon CloudFront, Google Hosted Libraries and others. They serve you images and Javascript files for most websites and therefore they know a large portion of your navigation history.
  • Video providers. Every time you visit a page with an embedded video, the video provider knows that you requested that page (even if you didn't hit "play"). The largest video provider by far is YouTube, which in turn is operated by Google.
  • Website traffic measurement systems such as Google Analytics record which pages you visited and when, for virtually all websites. Again, Google Analytics is operated by the same company that already knows your searches, your requested domains... you get the picture.
  • Even the popular Flash plugin is known to leak encrypted data to undisclosed third parties
  • The owners of the websites you visit know your IP address and other data which could be used to track you, e.g.: your IP can reveal your location and the ISP you're connected to, your browser declares which operating system and version you're using. But wait, there's more: the set of fonts you've installed on your machine, along with other system parameters that any web page can read, can be used as a 'fingerprint' of your machine

THE SOLUTION

When you browse websites using RainDrop, all of these data-collection mechanisms are hampered. In fact:

  • Your virtual machine gets assigned a shared IP address. DNS requests, CDN requests, page requests, your location... they all become anonymous (unless you're logged in to a specific website) and cannot be associated with your identity.
  • All RainDrop users get the same browsers installed, with the same font set and plugins collection. Say goodbye to machine fingerprinting.
  • The RainDrop browsers contain no previous cookies and newly assigned one will be deleted at the end of your session.
    Disclaimer: within the same navigation session it will be still possible for third parties to track you, e.g. if you visit Site1.com and Blog2.net, and both use Google Analytics for measuring their traffic, folks at Google will know that those two sites were visited by the same person, but they won't be able to correlate those data to anything else outside of your navigation session.

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SECURITY

THE PROBLEM

Wouldn't it be better to do your critical tasks (e.g. online banking) using a guaranteed 100% virus-free environment (available anywhere � even when you're sitting in an Internet cafe)?

Let's put this problem in perspective. Hundreds of complex processes run at any given time on your machine. Even if you're not sitting in an Internet cafe, you're never sure your PC is 100% secure and virus-free, because any of the software you've installed could have opened security holes in your machine.

Sometimes, even the hardware could be compromised: hardware keyloggers intercept the characters you type on the keyboard and can be very difficult to spot. In such a situation, your online banking credentials and other sensitive data (passwords, credit card numbers, you name it) could be maliciously intercepted while you type them. No antivirus solution can fully stop that.

THE SOLUTION

RainDrop contains a number of features that help you mitigate security threats:

  • RainDrop virtual machines are created in real time from scratch and therefore do not contain any malicious software. Even if your local machine was infected, there's no way it could harm the virtual machine. A RainDrop instance is definitely the best way to access critical websites like your online banking.
  • RainDrop comes with a virtual keyboard installed, i.e. a graphical representation of a keyboard that you can use with a mouse to bypass any keyloggers. That's vital when you're entering passwords, pin codes, credit card numbers or other short but sensitive data.

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ACCESSIBILITY

THE PROBLEM

Is a particular website blocked in your office, on your network or in your country?

Although the Internet was conceived as an open network, our everyday reality is that access to specific websites can be restricted (or, worse, monitored - see "privacy" above) for several reasons.

THE SOLUTION

If your access to specific websites is blocked, let RainDrop act as your restriction-free browser for accessing any websites, posting to your blog, commenting on popular websites -- you name it. As an added bonus, no traces will remain on your main machine as all the RainDrop activity happens within the virtual machine in the GoPC datacenter.

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KEEP YOUR MACHINE CLEAN

THE PROBLEM

Would you like to try a new plugin quickly without reconfiguring your browser? Are you concerned about installing untrusted software?

Your machine should be always protected from untrusted software and less-than-secure browser plugins. Sometimes, the price for being able to visit a plugin-enabled website is that you have to close all of your browser instances, or even restart your machine in order to install that missing plugin (which will remain on your machine even if you don't use it anymore).

THE SOLUTION

The RainDrop browsers (Chrome and Firefox) come with some plugins installed by default, and can be easily enriched with additional ones. Any security problems originated by browser plugins will remain contained to the virtual environment and won't harm your local machine. Best of all, you won't be forced to restart your browser or your main machine each time you wish to try a new plugin.

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