Leave no trace: Dolphin Zero wants to be the “Snapchat for browsing”

by: Bogdan PetrovanDecember 18, 2013

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Dolphin Zero is a new privacy-focused browser that wants to make web surfing as private as possible.

Maybe you are worried about your personal data being packed and sold to the highest bidder. Or maybe you don’t want other people to find out about your private activities. If, for any reason, privacy is a big deal to you, you might want to check out Dolphin Zero. Launched today in the Play Store by the team behind the popular Dolphin Browser, the new browser delivers a minimalist, focused interface and one big feature – all traces of your personal information are deleted when you exit the browser.

Every time you close the app, the following information is deleted:

  • Form Data
  • Browser History
  • Passwords
  • Cached Data and Files
  • Favicons
  • Input Data
  • User Address Book
  • Cookies
  • Location Information

There’s even a neat paper shredder animation to reassure you that all the potentially embarrassing, incriminating, or plain private elements have been destroyed for good.

In effect, Dolphin Zero is a browser permanently set on Incognito Mode. To protect you from snooping ad networks, the browser also enables Do Not Track mode to its full extent. The default search engine is DuckGoGo, which supposedly “complies with Dolphin’s mission of offering an ephemeral experience”.

This isn’t a fully featured browser by any mean – there are no tabs, so you can only browse one page at the time, and you only get a barebones set of controls. If you like your bells and whistles, there’s always the full-fledged Dolphin Browser to try out.

Dolphin Zero (like most browsers for the matter) doesn’t protect you from government surveillance or hacker attacks. But, if you only want some carefree private browsing without having to switch between modes, you can download it freely from the Play Store.

  • MasterMuffin

    Little off-topic: Opera should bring their Coast browser to Android. It’s beautiful

    • Shark Bait

      It is, kind of look like their slipping their version of chrome os in there. I’m surprised google hasn’t don’t this!

  • AtomicGadget

    Oh, the irony.

    This app has access to these permissions:

    – Your location
    approximate location (network-based)
    precise location (GPS and network-based)

    – Network communication
    full network access

    – Storage
    modify or delete the contents of your USB storage

    – System tools
    test access to protected storage

    Why does it need my location? Isn’t the point of this browser to be anonymous (to a degree)? And it want access to the storage? Incognito mode is all about NOT storing or leaving any traces on the device.

    • qu3

      That’s what’s all apps need when you download apps off app store

      • MasterMuffin

        Not all apps and this certainly doesn’t need those if it really does what it promises

        • iphantom

          usb storage is probably for the cache – but i totally agree – it shouldn’t store cache. location is pretty dumb to ask for. and didn’t dolphin had the huge privacy fiasco not too long ago?

  • Shark Bait

    So like incognito…… But in a whole new app??

  • A Googler

    Perv mode..awesome.

  • Arturo Raygoza

    giving it a try