Mar­cato

Pri­vacy-based browser wran­gler

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£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.

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