Privacy-based browser wrangler
£2.99 Developer Golden Hill Software, goldenhillsoftware.com
Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Version 1.1
Fed up with Facebook’s tendrils creeping into his web-browsing habits, Marcato’s developer has aped Fluid for OS X’s single-site browsing principle – on iPhone. Within Marcato, each sitespecific browser contains its own cookies, local storage and cache and can be locked to a single domain. So you could create several browsers for one site, but with different users, and you don’t have to worry about cross-site forgery requests.
Setting up a new browser is easy: tap ‘Add custom browser’, enter a name and URL, and, if needed, limit it to specific hosts. For example, *.apple.com restricts a Marcato browser to the apple.com domain and related sub-domains; other links open in Safari. Four templates – Gmail, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn – are provided. (However, Gmail’s template didn’t work for us.)
Once a browser is set up, it’s available within Marcato or can be added to your Home screen. The process is convoluted (a ‘share’ button tap, then ‘Add to Home screen’, which launches Safari, then you repeat the process), but provides faster access to your browser.
Browsers are basic: you get back, forward, refresh, home and share buttons. On an iPhone 5s, the title bar and toolbars make for a cramped experience – a full-screen mode would be welcome. We also found content sometimes took oddly long to load. Still, if you’re privacy-minded and want to silo certain sites, this is a good buy. Craig Grannell
An interesting crack at bringing site-specific browsers to the iPhone, and it’s approachable enough for everyone.
Setting up site-specific browsers in Marcato is a fast and simple process.
The browsers are fairly basic, but offer increased security for your iOS device.