Comodo Dragon: Chrome based browser with additional security & privacy features


  1. Nice review. I gave it a try, and it’s working great. I love the security of the Secure DNS. Great piece of mind.

  2. If one doesn’t enable Comodo Secure DNS, is this browser still safer to use than Google Chrome? I’ve tried it and I quite like it and it appears to be somewhat quicker than Google Chrome.

  3. Yes Bobby the feature is great! Even its ‘Site inspector’ element feature is good, give it a try..

  4. I am very familiar with this browser, and with COMODO, just generally. I have long supported and recommended COMODO INTERNET SECURITY, and COMODO SYSTEM CLEANER and certain other products which I consider to be best-of-breed among freeware products, and which even hold their own among commercial/fee-based ones. The products which COMODO makes that are good and useful are REALLY good and useful.

    However, and this is important, those products that COMODO makes on which it did only a so-so — or even downright bad — job of creating tend to be SO bad that they’re not only not worth using, but they may also be potentially harmful to the machine.

    I’m sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, here, but the COMODO DRAGON browser is not worth using. Indeed, it does what it claims it will do, do that part’s fine. However, it is not kept up-to-date. Never has been. In fact, at any given moment it can be woefully out of date. And when I’ve gone into the forums and made a big deal of it, I’m told by either COMODO employees or those so blindly loyal to the company that I’m making a mountain out of a molehill.

    If anyone reading this thinks all that’s okay, then, by all means, try and use COMODO DRAGON browser based on CHROMIUM (or its new ICE DRAGON browser based on the Firefox core). Neither, I promise you, will be kept up-to-date, and you will be disrespected if you dare to question why.

    If you want a Chromium-based browser that’s every bit as good as Chrome, except that it doesn’t suffer from its various security deficiencies; and which is kept up-to-date; and which is portable, to boot, the I could not more strongly recommend the freeware IRON PORTABLE BROWSER. Google it. Use it. You won’t regret it…

    …er… well… wait a minute: If you use Google’s CLOUD PRINTING with your Android phone, then you’d have a problem using the IRON PORTABLE BROWSER. That’s the one feature found in CHROME which isn’t in IRON PORTABLE. Sadly. I’ve asked why, and I’ve been told it’s coming, but it hasn’t shown-up so far. My solution is to simply run CLOUD PRINTING through my copy of CHROME, but to never use CHROME for any other purpose, and then to use IRON PORTABLE for everything else. By keeping IRON PORTABLE’s folder in my PROGRAM FILES folder in sync with my USB flash/thumb drive, I am able to move IRON PORTABLE around to any machine, and I have all my bookmarks and other settings…

    …yet I leave no footprint on the machine, and don’t end-up using said machine to login to any of my online accounts (which means that I needn’t logout the machine’s owner from any of his/her normal online accounts accessible in their copy of Chrome. It’s win-win for all concerned.

    And the privacy issues that IRON PORTABLE resolves, which are a downright problem in CHROME, is no small thing. Read about it on the IRON PORTABLE website.

    The other thing to remember about the IRON PORTABLE BROWSER is that when/if you try to go to the Chrome Store (to get Chrome plugins/extensions… all of which work just find in IRON PORTABLE), you will, in IRON PORTABLE, be taken to IRON PORTABLE’s littel plugins/extensions store instead. So to get to the real/actual Chrome Store, you must manually type its address into the IRON PORTABEL “Address:” field. But that’s a small price to pay for all else that this magnificent browser provides.

    I’ll likely never use CHROME again, having found and used IRON PORTABLE. Seriously. It’s amazing. And every bit as current, at any given moment, as CHROME. As Google updates CHROME based on the latest Chromium updates, so, too, does IRON PORTABLE. But, again, without all of Google’s built-in privacy-violating, activity-tracking crap.

    No security beyond that should be in the browser, anyway. Instead, there should be, installed on the machine, a firewall/anti-virus suite of some kind (like COMODO INTERNET SECURITY, for example), along with an anti-spyware tool (like SuperAntiSpyware and/or Malware Bytes), plus a HOSTS file and a good freeware tool to manage it such as the freeware HostsMan. Beyond that, using browser security plugins like McAfee Site Advisor, and also Abine’s “Do Not Track Plus” — all of it freeware — provides just about all the security that any computer could possibly need. If one also wanted to add the exceptional anti-phishing capabilities which come from using OpenDNS instead of the DNS that comes with one’s Internet Service Provider’s DSL or cable modem service, then that pretty much tops it off and provides a pseudo-suite of security that’s every bit as good, collectively, as Norton, or Kaspersky or any of the others. I use all of those things on my computer, and NOTHING has gotten through (other than some adware tracking cookies, of course) in YEARS. And I mean YEARS and YEARS!

    I love COMODO, but I’m smart enough to know which of its products to stay the heck away from…

    …and COMODO DRAGON — and now, its new ICE DRAGON, too — is right up near the top of the list! Avoid it(them) like the plague!

    Hope that helps.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  5. Not sure how you can say it’s not up-to-date, or based on Chrome. It’s running the same version as Chrome stable, and has all the features of Chrome. What else do I need to look at to know it’s not up-to-date, or based on Chrome?

  6. @Bobby Phoenix: Chrome and Chromium are different. Please be clear about at least that. Google Chrome is based on Chromium. Comodo Dragon is based on Chromium. It is not accurate, then, to say that Comodo Dragon is based on Chrome (or vice versa). If A is based on C, and B is based on C, then that does not mean that either A or B are based on one another (assuming that A and B are not the same entity).

    “Based on” also has an unambiguous meaning. If Chrome is “based on” Chromium, then it is not exactly Chromium; it contains additions, enhancements, etc., that have been added by Google, and so are not in Chromium. The same is true of Comodo Dragon being based on Chromium; and the Comodo-added enhancements, etc., in Comodo Dragon are not in Chromium. Neither, necessarily, are Google’s enhancements in Comodo Dragon, or the other way around. If A is enhanced from C, and B is enchanced from C, then that does not mean that A and B contain the same enhancements (assuming that A and B are not the same entity).

    Perhaps you are not aware of just how similar Chromium, without any Google or Comodo enhancement, looks and behaves like either Chrome or Comodo Dragon. That, no doubt, is at least part of why you’re confused.

    As for Comodo Dragon being up-to-date and running the same version as Chrome stable (which, incidentally, I’ve not checked, so I’m just going by what you’re saying), any non-Google browser based on Chromium which uses the latest version thereof will, of course, be running the same version of Chromium that Google Chrome is using because Google is better at updating its Chrome every time there’s an update to Chromium than anyone else out there.

    So, if any given non-Chrome browser updates to the latest version of Chromium, then it, too, will be as up-to-date as Google Chrome.

    The problem is that Comodo doesn’t do that. It will routinely allow several major-numbered (to the left of the decimal point in the version number) Chromium updates occur without concomitantly updating its Comodo Dragon. So it was not uncommon for both Chromium and Google Chrome to be at, say, version 14 or higher, yet Comodo Dragon was still back at version 8.

    Every once in a while — and I mean a LONG while — Comodo will circle back to its otherwise ignored-for-months-and-months “Dragon” browser and update it to the latest version of Chromium. And so, for however long it is until the next Chromium update, Comodo Dragon appears to people like you (who don’t know Comodo’s sad history of not keeping Dragon up-to-date) as if it were as up-to-date as Google Chrome.

    But that’s just temporary. Comodo, after one of its rare updates to Comodo Dragon, then, thereafter, allows MANY Chromium updates to come and go before finally circling back to its not-paid-much-attention-to “Dragon” browser, and updating it, once again, to the latest Chromium version.

    You say that Comodo Dragon is, right now, as up-to-date as Google Chrome. That’s excellent. What that means, then, if true, is that Comodo has recently circled back around to its mostly-otherwise-ignored “Dragon” browser, and has updated it to the latest version of Chromium so that, for the moment, it’s as up-to-date as Google Chrome. However, if Comodo remains true-to-form, that will be the last “Dragon” update for months and months and months… sometimes even a couple years… long enough for five to ten Chromium version updates to come and go.

    What I’m saying, then, Bobby Phoenix, is that you’re impressed with Comodo Dragon because it’s, for the moment, up-to-date; and it’s up-to-date because you just happen to have learned about it, and allowed yourself to be impressed by it, right after it just happens to have been updated after onlygodknows how long it’s been since Comodo Dragon’s last update.

    So that means that if you download and use Comodo Dragon, you’ll be pretty happy with it…

    …for a while. But if Comodo acts in the future as it has always acted in the past, such happiness will be fleeting as Chromium updates (and Google Chrome along with it), but Comodo Dragon does not…

    …for months, and months, and months, and months… or sometimes even longer.

    If that’s okay with you, then you will definitely not be shooting yourself in the foot to use Comodo Dragon if what you’re looking for from it is its security features. Those work just fine (actually, they can sometimes be a littel too rigid, and will block things that you maybe wish weren’t blocked… but at least that means it definitely works!).

    The problem, in part, though, is that as Chromium (and Chrome, along with it) updates, so, too, do many of Chrome’s plugins and extensions…

    …some (or even many) of which will eventually stop being compatible with too-old Chromium base versions. And the first time THAT happens to you, while using Comodo Dragon (in other words, the first time a plug-in or extension upon which you daily rely suddenly stops working on Comodo Dragon because its maker doesn’t figure anyone’s still using Chromium-based browsers based on six- or eight-version-old Chromium updates, as does Comodo Dragon at times, and so stops supporting them) then you’ll begin to realize that using Comodo Dragon just isn’t worth it.

    That’s why the only Chromium-based, non-Google-made browser I truly like and trust is the IRON PORTABLE browser. Its maker keeps it constantly up-to-date. Oh, don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying they update it as quickly after a Chromium update as does Google, but it’s typically only a week or two’s difference, at most. Plus, IRON PORTABLE is portable. That’s huge. Unlike in the Firefox world, where tere are actually several portable versions of Firefox out there, there are darned few truly portable Chromium-based browsers… and from my research, only one — IRON PORABLE — that’s worth anything!

    Remember that IRON PORTABLE has pretty much the same kind of security features as does Comodo Dragon, except that Dragon includes a domain validation feature that used to be in a separate Comodo product (and which, frankly, was kinda’ lame when it existed) that IRON PORTABLE doesn’t have (nor needs). So there’s really very little salient benefit of using Comodo Dragon over the IRON PORTABLE browser; and if one uses the latter, then one gets the portability thing that neither Dragon nor Chrome have.

    As I earlier mentioned, the only real deficit that I can see in IRON PORTABLE is that it doesn’t support Google’s “cloud print” feature. I’ve also, I probably should have mentioned, spotted a few (and it’s darned few, but it’s at least a few) very minor scripting issues in IRON PORTABLE… situations wherein a certain script would just not behave itself and perform properly in IRON PORTABLE, but it worked just fine in Google Chrome. And I want to stress that I’ve only stumbled onto maybe two occasions where that happens.

    However, what I DO stumble onto now and then is a script that won’t run in either IRON PORTABLE or Google Chrome, but it runs just fine in Internet Explorer 9. I’ve never researched any of them, but it wouldn’t surprise me if said scripts were Silverlight, or were in some other way based on an IE9-specific engines or features of some kind. I’ve just never, frankly, cared enough about it to hunt-down the problem, though. When it happens, if I really need to use the web site on which the script is failing in IRON PORTABLE or Google Chrome, I just visit it in IE9 and keep moving. Life’s too short to figure out every hiccup we encounter on the Internet. Only if I were being paid to figure it out would I even bother.

    Hope that helps!

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  7. @Charlie: Comodo’s Secure DNS is a separate product, available as part of several of Comodo’s products. It’s almost unfair, then, to compare that part of Comodo Dragon with Google Chrome because one could just as easily add the completely separate — and far superior — OpenDNS to one’s Chrome usage, and get every single thing that Comodo’s Secure DNS offers, plus so, so, so much more. Check-out OpenDNS and compare it with Comodo’s Secure DNS and you’ll begin to see what I mean,.

    But the answer your question about whether Comodo Dragon, sans its completely separate “Secure DNS” add-on, is inherently more secure than Google Chrome is “yes,” it is. Google Chrome tracks us all… and pretty intensely, truth be known. Even if all Comodo Dragon did was stop that, then it would definitely make Dragon “safer to use than Google Chrome.”

    But, of course, Dragon does far more than that. It really is quite a bit more secure and “safe” in a number of areas than is Chrome. It really is.

    But so is the IRON PORTABLE browser to which I’ve herein referred. I’m not trying to get everyone to use IRON PORTABLE instead of Comodo Dragon because I’m in any way connected to IRON. I am positively not. Nor am I trying to get people to use IRON instead of DRAGON because IRON does what it does (in terms of security) any better than does DRAGON. IRON and DRAGON do that part of things pretty much exactly the same. DRAGON has littleon IRON in that particular area. Therefore, DRAGON’s security features are just fine. Quite good, actually. No disagreement with that from me.

    But between neither Chrome nor Dragon being portable (where IRON PORTABLE is), and OpenDNS being just as easy to use as Comodo’s “Secure DNS” (and being vastly superior, to boot), and Dragon being allowed to fall woefully behind in terms of its conformance with the latest Chromium versions (see my other posts here about that), IRON PORTABLE just wins, it’s as simple as that.

    So, then, that leaves the “Site Inspector” element of Comodo Dragon to which “Hemant” referred. That tool, too, is completely separate from Comodo Dragon, and so it’s not really fair to compare it and Dragon to such as Chrome, which doesn’t have it built-in to it, and declare that Dragon is superior because of it. If it were as easy as that, then all someone would have to do is build a browser based on Chromium (which is pretty easy since Chromium, even without any enhancements, works pretty darned both nicely and well) and then add a certain suite of Chrome-compatible plugins to it which did pretty much everything that Comodo Dragon and its additional elements does, and more, and declare it superior.

    Additionally, Comodo’s “Site Inspector, it’s important to realize, is not just another version of something like “Web of Trust” (WOT), or TrendMicro’s “Trend Protect,” or, especially, McAfee’s far-superior-than-either-of-those “SiteAdvisor.” I’ve use them all, and Comodo’s “Site Inspector” is the hand-down most limited of the bunch. WOT is the most popular, of course; however, I don’t know about anyone else, but I, for one, don’t want whether or site is good and safe to be up for a vote. It either is, based on a secure scan of it, or it isn’t. And NOBODY, of the products in this paragraph, does it like McAfee via its “SiteAdvisor” product. And because it has such a huge userbase, and each user’s visits to various web sites all feeds information back to McAfee, its “SiteAdvisor” leaves all others SERIOUSLY in the dust.

    IRON PORTABLE, plus OpenDNS, plus McAfee’s SiteAdvisor — all of them freeware — is actually better than Comodo Dragon. For starters, the Iron/OpenDNS/SiteAdvisor combo is ALWAYS more up-to-date than Comodo Dragon (except, of course, obviously, for a very brief period right after Comodo finally decides to circle back and update its usually woefully-out-of-date Dragon to the latest Chromium version); plus Iron/OpenDNS/SiteAdvisor does everything that Dragon does, only better in every single case; and, finally, Iron/OpenDNS/SiteAdvisor are portable, to boot!

    Comodo deserves the pasting I’m giving it, here. Whenever anyone has the temerity to question, in Comodo’s increasingly arrogant and elitist forums why any given version of Dragon is anywhere from one to usually several — sometimes downright many — versions behind Chromium, said questioners are roundly dismissed… sometimes even chastised.

    But my reason for suggesting Iron/OpenDNS/SiteAdvisor instead of Comodo Dragon is, seriously, because the former is provably superior. And always up-to-date. And portable.

    One would have to be a blind loyalist to choose Comodo Dragon over that.

    Hope that helps!

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  8. @Gregg L. DesElms. Thanks for the feedback! Wasn’t expecting so much, but it is very much appreciated. Will give Iron Portable a try as with some of your other suggestions. Thanks!

  9. Ive been using Dragon as my main browser for almost a year now and its always been kept up to date. I can say this with absolute confidence because i also have google chrome and they always update to the latest chromium build on the same day…

  10. For just a little over a year (maybe longer… perhaps as long as pushing two years… just can’t remember exactly how long… but 14 to 16 months, at least) is how long I’ve been complaining in Comodo’s forums, and in private communication directly with Comodo’s CEO, that it’s not keeping Comodo Dragon up-to-date. And I know, for a fact, that for many months after I started such complaining, nothing was done. So there’s no chance that Comodo Dragon has been kept up-to-date for the past year…

    …and since you don’t specify what “almost a year” means, I can’t speak to your experience other than to say that if Comodo suddenly started keeping Dragon up-to-date a few months after I started complaining about it, then maybe it actually has been kept up-to-date for at least a while, now.

    But so what. Not doing for huge lengths of time, and then finally starting to do it only after someone like me starts making a big stink of it, is nothing about which Comodo should be proud. If Comodo keeps it up, and never lets it lapse from here, on out, then, fine. Maybe at some point in the future Comodo can be proud; and its users, like you, would have truly good reason to challenge the allegations of people like me.

    Also, I never wrote that Comodo never updates. What I wrote was that Comodo just sits-out several updates, over time, and then finally gets caught-up every now and then. It has even been known to stay caught-up through a few updates after that, and then it gets lax again. Maybe you’ve been experiencing Comodo keeping-up for a while, but who knows what the future holds.

    My point is this: Comodo not keeping Dragon up-to-date has been a chronic problem; and when I’ve complained about it in its forums, I’ve been made to feel by Comodo’s blindly-loyal forum nazis like I’m the problem. That’s wrong, and there’s no excuse for it.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  11. Awful browser! It has so many advertisements in the address bar, that you cannot even make it to your bookmarked sites. They try to tell you these sites that auto redirect to a different domain “Verified Official Sites.” On their support forums, they are trying to con the users into believing that the ads are Innovative. Even the head clown CEO is defending this awful browser in the forums. Do not trust anything from this company!

  12. I’ve read your posts, and I have to say that you would have to be the most anal, rude, obnoxious, arrogant and insulting person I have ever come across on forums such as this. And I rarely post any replies to anyone’s post unless I have something to contribute, but though your post may be three years old, I imagine you have changed little, in fact, as age progresses, chances are, you’re worse. I don’t know why they even allowed your ‘books’ of insults and put-downs of other users to be published on this site. I understood exactly what was meant by each post, however you seem incapable of grasping simple concepts. As for you being in direct contact with any CEO, anywhere: yep, sure buddy. I doubt they would put up with you for long enough for you to make any valuable contributions to at any forum. It’s either your way, your version, your personally approved program, or it’s the highway. What a sad and complete pain in the proverbial you must be. Gawd I can’t stand people like you. I really cant. Your posts have been rendered invalid by your insults.

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