TrustPuppy




The GRC TrustPuppy trust toggle button
TrustPuppy?

The GRC TrustPuppy is a small, efficient, and free add-on to Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) web browser. It works with IE's awkward and seldom used security zone system to make Internet surfing MUCH safer than ever before — probably even safer than using other web browsers.

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1. Microsoft IE 6.0		60.6% 
2. Microsoft IE 5.5		16.8% 
3. Microsoft IE 5.0		16.4% 
4. Mozilla 1			1.2% 
5. Netscape Navigator 4.0	1.0% 
6. Microsoft IE 4.0		0.9% 
7. Opera 6.0			0.7% 

Companies with the largest total global usage shares on the web are:

1. Microsoft IE		95.3% 
2. Netscape Navigator		2.9% 
3. Mozilla			1.2% 

How is web surfing unsafe?

Modern web browsers go far beyond displaying simple text pages. Under the command of remote web sites, contemporary browsers download and run "scripts" and "plug-ins" received on-the-fly from web sites. These bits of code usually create pop-up menus, page navigational aids, and other supplemental effects to distinguish the web site. But there is no limit to what they can do. To make the user's experience as smooth and seamless as possible, browsers obey web sites without asking their user. This naively and dangerously assumes that the user chose the web site carefully, and that the site has the user's best interests at heart.

In other words, users blindly turn their computers over to every web site they visit. Under their browser's default settings, the user's system will obey any web site's instructions to do virtually anything it wants with the user's computer and personal data.

While this may be fine in the case of trustworthy web sites like Amazon, Google, or Yahoo, Internet users quickly learn that there are many disreputable web sites, companies, and people lurking in the dark corners of the Internet. Web surfers have discovered unwanted "add-ons" such as Comet Cursor, Gator, Incredifind, and many other types of "junkware" installed into their systems without their knowledge or permission. Their web browser, blindly obeying the instructions from a malicious web site, was instructed to do this behind their backs.

Not all web sites on the Internet should be trusted.

How can this problem be solved?

We solve this problem by surfing with IE's security cranked all the way up, trusting no web sites by default — but making it extremely quick and easy to change our minds, lowering our web browser's security by enabling scripting and plug-ins, only for those specific web sites whose enhanced "executable" features we wish to use.

In this way it is possible to surf the
Internet with complete security and
only a minor loss of convenience.

What does the GRC TrustPuppy do?

For many years, Internet Explorer has had the concept of security "zones" to restrict the the that can make using the Internet with Internet Explorer a great deal safer — even to the point of protecting the user from IE's known and unknown security defects. It can even make IE safer than using other browsers. But these "zones" have never been used by most people. The GRC TrustPuppy makes IE zone trust management as easy as a single mouse click.

How does it work exactly?

Some Internet web sites require "scripting" and "activex" controls SpinRite is a single program file that offers completely different services when it is run under Windows or DOS. It should first be run under Windows to choose and create some form of bootable media. You can choose to create a self-booting floppy diskette, a bootable CD-R ISO image file, or to prepare a USB flash drive or other bootable device for booting.

Then, when the media prepared by the Windows-side of SpinRite is booted, the FreeDOS operating system included within SpinRite will boot, and it will, in turn, start SpinRite to begin performing data recovery, maintenance, and repair.

So . . . after you download the SpinRite.exe program, run it under Windows to have it create a bootable media format of your choice. Then shutdown and restart the target system, booting it with the SpinRite bootable media to start the FreeDOS operating system which will automatically run SpinRite under FreeDOS.

Does the GRC TrustPuppy make IE totally safe?

Why not just abandon IE and use a generally more secure browser?

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the that can make using the Internet with Internet Explorer a great deal safer — even to the point of protecting the user from IE's known and unknown security defects. It can even make IE safer than using other browsers. But these "zones" have never been used by most people. The GRC TrustPuppy makes IE zone trust management as easy as a single mouse click.

Why was the TrustPuppy created?

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This seems pretty amazing, something you could sell. Why are you making it free?

I want as many people as possible to have and use this utility to lock down their Internet surfing and protect themselves online. If we were even to charge $10, a great many fewer people would be protected. So the GRC TrustPuppy is free.

When someone's hard drive data is trouble, and they need the best data recovery or hard drive checkup and maintenance ever created, we will be glad to sell them a copy of SpinRite, our hard disk utility which everyone who uses says was worth every penny. In the meantime, if we can help make the Internet safer and more secure, that's important too.

Is Internet Explorer worse than other browsers?

Why not just change to another web browser?

How can I move the TrustPuppy button?

You can place the TrustPuppy's button anywhere you wish by right-clicking on the toolbar and choosing "Customize..." then use the "Move Up" and "Move Down" buttons to sort IE's buttons.

Why not just use another browser?

Sone web sites won't work under anything else.




Click this button to download the GRC TrustPuppy and start surfing the Internet safely with Internet Explorer . . .

Click to download the GRC TrustPuppy



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