SRWare Iron is a freeware web browser implementation of the Chromium source code by SRWare of Germany, which primarily aims to eliminate usage tracking and other privacy-compromising functionality that the Google Chrome browser includes. While Iron does not provide extra privacy compared to Chromium after proper settings are altered in the latter, it does implement some additional features that distinguish it from Google Chrome, such as built-in ad blocking.
Iron is issued by SRWare under an "all rights reserved" license, indicating that it is made from a combination of proprietary and free software, although on the download page, SRWare claims "Iron is free and OpenSource."
On 11 August 2010, Microsoft updated the BrowserChoice.eu website in order to include Iron as one of the possible choices.
Iron was first released as a beta version on 18 September 2008, 16 days after Google Chrome's initial release.
On 26 May 2009 a Preview-Release (Pre-Alpha) of Iron came out for Linux. And on 7 January 2010 a beta version for Mac OS was released.
More recent versions of Iron have been released since then, which has gained the features of the underlying Chromium codebase, including Google Chrome theme support, a user agent switcher, an extension system, integrated Adblocker and improved Linux support.
If a user has Chromium installed, attempting to run Iron and Chromium simultaneously will open a new window of the first browser opened. Iron and Chromium also share all data (i.e. Bookmarks, History, etc.)
SRWare Iron: The browser of the future - based on the free Sourcecode "Chromium" - without any problems at privacy and security
Google's Web browser Chrome thrilled with an extremely fast site rendering, a sleek design and innovative features. But it also gets critic from data protection specialists , for reasons such as creating a unique user ID or the submission of entries to Google to generate suggestions. SRWare Iron is a real alternative. The browser is based on the Chromium-source and offers the same features as Chrome - but without the critical points that the privacy concern.
We could therefore create a browser with which you can now use the innovative features without worrying about your privacy.
We want our users to participate in our work and make the browser free to download under the name "SRWare Iron" into the net.
What does Iron makes different?
"Does not exist in Iron"
A copy of Google Chrome includes a generated installation number which will be sent to Google after the installation and the first usage. It gets deleted when Chrome checks first time for updates.If Chrome is received as part of a promotional campaign, it may generate a unique promotion number which is sent to Google on the first run and first use of Google Chrome.
Depending on the configuration, each time you put something in the address line,this information is sent to Google to provide suggestions.
Depending on the configuration, if you have typed a false address in the adress bar, this is sent to Google and you get an error message from Google's servers.
Depending on the configuration, details about crashes or failures are sent Google's servers.
This Chrome-function transmits information in encoded form to Google, for example, when and where Chrome has been downloaded.
Chrome installs a updater, which loads at every Windows in background.
Calls depending on the configuration five seconds after launch the Google homepage opens in background
"Exists in Iron"
Iron has an easy to use and built-in adblocker which can be configured by a single file
The User-Agent in Iron can be flexiblel and permanently changed by UA.ini.
Iron offers you 12 preview-thumbs to make the most of the available space on your monitor.