4 reasons you should stay away from Amazon’s Silk browser

As I discussed in early post on Silk browser immediately after the launch of Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, and a guest post on privacy concerns of Amazon’s Silk browser.

Kindle fire

Free lunch!

We must admit Kindle Fire is priced correctly. With Amazon’s tons of contents, this content tablet will surely capture the largest Android tablet market. According to Maximum PC, this $200 Kindle Fire may outsell all Honeycomb tables combined.

This mans once the Kindle Fire is shipped next month, a lot of users will use the Silk Browser.Most users probably will not know how to disable the caching feature.

The Silk browser will very likely speedup your browsing speed because most of the rendering will be done by Amazon servers.

However, users should try to avoid the Silk Browser. Here are the top 4 reasons you should stay away from Silk Browser, at least, turn off the cloud rendering.

1. Your private data
Don’t believe that Amazon will not collect some sort of your browsing info. There is no free lunch. Amazon is eager to know you better to serve you more contents and products; so they need know more about you. Browsing habit or history is the most important personal data: you may hide your political view for example, but your browsing history will tell a true story.

Also, some websites may show different pages to different users for the same URL. If Amazon cloud caches your page, and serve it to other users, do you want this to happen? If the website has some special promotion for your region, will it be available for you? probably not, because the website will only see that the page is requested by Amazon, not you.

2. Security of Amazon cloud
If you browse through the Amazon cloud using Silk browser, all your password, and all sensitive info will go through Amazon servers. Do you want to take this risk just for the browsing speed?

Once Amazon servers have such data, all hackers and cybercriminals will try to get them. Are you sure Amazon can always keep such info safe? Just for your information, Amazon cloud was down several times in different regions already this year. So, it is not bullet-proof.

3. Possible advertisements.
Again, there is no free lunch. When more and more users are using the Silk browser, Amazon may put advertisements on any webpages they want. They can easily cite the cost reasons: the servers cost Amazon money in every single second.  Maybe, just like Kindle, Amazon will roll out ad-supported Silk browser. If you do not want the ad, pay more.

4. Possible blocking by webmasters
Most websites, especially big sites, serve geo-targeted ads and contents. For example, if you are in UK, when you type Google.com, you will be directed to Google UK site. If you browse websites through Silk browser,  the website will assume you are from one of the Amazon data centers. So, this may annoying webmasters/web owners.

In addition, the Silk browser will predict what you will browse next and fetch the contents before you click the link. This simply generate misleading page views for webmasters. So, webmasters may simply block Amazon IPs, and you not be able to access such sites through Silk browser.

So, stay away from Silk browser. At least, turn off anything related to the cloud rending when you receive you device next month.

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