Browsing the web while maintaining security and confidentiality can sometimes feel like an obstacle course. With this in mind, we present Browser.lol to you today. This free online service offers the possibility of launching a virtual web browser in a secure ‘sandbox’ environment, allowing you to surf in complete peace of mind. Whether you want to bypass geographic restrictions, protect your online identity, or simply access websites blocked by your network, Browser.lol is positioned as a tool of choice. In this article, we will explain in detail the functionalities of Browser.lol, the different virtual web browsers available, as well as how the service works.
A browser within a browser… 🤔
Browser.lol, formerly known as BIAB (Browser in a Box), is an online service that offers the ability to launch a virtual browser in your current web browser. In a way, it involves taking control of a web browser on a remote computer. So, put like that, it is difficult to understand the usefulness of such a service and yet, the advantages are numerous.
First of all, it opens the door to circumventing geographic restrictions imposed by certain websites, making previously inaccessible content accessible.
Additionally, the virtual web browser grants you some online privacy, allowing anonymous browsing and protecting your identity.
Developers will also benefit by being able to test website compatibility across different browsers and devices, while cybersecurity researchers can assess the security and detect vulnerabilities of a website without compromising their own security.
In addition, Browser.lol is the ideal solution to bypass network restrictions imposed by your organization, as it allows access to websites usually blocked by the administrators of your infrastructure. For example, if social networks and other video platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, or YouTube are blocked on your network, you will still be able to access them through this means.
This service can also allow you to search online without leaving a digital footprint on your network. This way, no one will be able to know what you are viewing on the Internet, not even your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Finally, note that navigation is very pleasant, provided you have an Internet connection with a minimum speed of 10 Mb/s. Also, the developers of the site mention the fact of having a web browser based on Chromium to use their service, and yet, we tested with the Firefox browser, and it works very well…
What virtual web browsers are available?
As we write these few lines, Browser.lol allows you to launch the virtual web browsers of Chrome and Firefox. The Edge browser is currently under maintenance but should be available again soon.
If you are interested in using the Tor Browser, note that registration is required. Additionally, Opera and Brave browsers are being integrated and will be available very soon.
What about privacy and security?
The site ensures that all connections between you and their servers are made securely through the use of a 256-bit encrypted socket connection.
This connection is nothing other than, I quote, ‘a VNC connection readable by your browser, thus guaranteeing that all navigation data remains private and cannot be consulted or intercepted by third parties.’
Inside the virtual browser, no trace of your behavior is recorded, nor is any data retained after the container is closed. To find out more, see this page.
How it works?
The operation of the Browser.lol site is very simple. To launch a virtual web browser, follow these steps:
- Open your web browser and go to https://browser.lol.
2. On the home page, you have the choice between clicking on the ‘Create new Session’ menu or on the ‘Quick Launch’ button.
3. Once on the next page, if you already have a URL in mind, enter it in the field provided at the top of the page. You can then click ‘Launch Chrome’ to start Chrome, ‘Launch Firefox’ to start Firefox, and so on, depending on which virtual browser you want to use.
You are now able to use the virtual browser as if it were the one present on your PC.
You’ll notice a small panel on the left side of the screen, offering some handy tools:
- A 10-minute session counter, expandable according to your needs.
- A button to reset the audio, useful if you have sound problems.
- A clipboard for entering text and pasting it into the virtual browser.
- Functional buttons such as CTRL, ALT, Tab, and Esc.
- A ‘Full Screen’ button to switch the virtual browser to full-screen mode.
- An ‘Exit’ button to close the session.