Scott's Take: Lauren from Re/code used Silo. The TL;DR from her is that if you’re concerned about secure access to finance and other sensitive sites, Silo may be an option. But she didn’t like the additional authentication steps that led to all that extra security. Read the full article for free at Re/code.
If you haven’t noticed, “ephemerality” and “anonymity” are now official buzzwords around consumer software apps... perhaps a not entirely surprising reaction to recent revelations around online privacy and surveillance.
So when I heard about a browser that promises to keep sensitive information secure and then vanishes “like a Snapchat” message, I was intrigued.
For the past week, I’ve been testing Silo, a browser from a Mountain View, Calif.-based company called Authentic8. This isn’t Authentic8’s first rodeo — the company also makes a similar product for business users — but this is its first consumer-focused application. Silo runs on Macs, PCs and the iPad, and costs $10 per month to use.
The idea behind Silo is that it offers a cloud-based, secure browsing session that is running on Authentic8’s servers. It creates shortcuts to dozens of commerce, banking and health websites, and is supposed to make the login process easier and more secure. While you’re using the browser, you’re protected from most cookies, or bits of text, that could be installed on your browser and keep track of the other sites you visit on the Web.
The browser goes away each time you close your Silo session, leaving no trace of your Web session. Well, almost no trace.