We have some topics about the browser spread over the forum. I thought it was time for a central one as the browser will be part of the upcoming releases. So what is the SAFE Browser?
The SAFE Browser will be the main entrance port to the SAFE Network. It allows for browsing safe://websites and using web apps. The SAFE Browser is based on the Beaker Browser by @PaulFrazee and is fully dedicated to decentralized systems with security and privacy as its core focus.
Dedicated browser for SAFE
MaidSafe got interested in a dedicated browser for SAFE as it will bring ease of use (plugins or proxy-settings no longer needed). At the same time it removes the risks that popular browsers have with cookies, trackers and "evil" scripts. SAFE will have its own environment which is protected by its own browser. Here's the Request For Proposal (RFP) that led to this winning idea by @joshuef. The development costs where crowdfunded and paid for by MaidSafe (the company) and the SAFE community. Here's the repository in MaidSafe's GitHub.
After MaidSafe took over the project from @joshuef they came up with the idea to include the Authenticator inside the SAFE Browser. This tool allows people to log in to SAFE using an included web app. This also removes the need for the "Launcher" which was used in Alpha 1.
old situation (Alpha 1)
- Download the Launcher
- Use your own popular browser with the right proxy-settings (.pac file)
- Log in to SAFE using the Launcher
- Browse safe://websites using your own browser
new situation (Alpha 2)
- Download the SAFE Browser
- Browse safe://website in the browser
- Log in to SAFE within the browser (needed for uploads, private data and account creation)
Here are some screenshots of the upcoming SAFE Browser with the built-in Authenticator:
Log in to SAFE using the Authenticator
Create an account
I will update this topic as new releases and/or information appears.