Qikfox isn’t your average browser. Not only has it been built to protect consumers from the proliferation of online scams, but it’s also on a mission to democratize content publishing and bring it to the masses.
Qikfox, which has already raised seed capital from longtime venture investor Tim Draper and is exhibiting at TechCrunch’s Startup Alley this week, first started life as a browser extension. It has since morphed into a full-fledged premium browser that comes complete with its own search engine, built-in antivirus, and the “world’s first” browser-based decentralized identity system.
“The motivation behind the product was that internet browsers are not taking ownership of what they are serving the consumers,” Tarun Gaur, founder and CEO of Qikfox told TechCrunch. “They are hosting a buffet of 4 billion web pages, and the internet was not conceived for this deluge of content
“Other internet browsers are focused on either the developer or primarily on privacy. However, you cannot solve privacy if you don’t first solve safety and security.”
The idea for Qikfox came after Gaur’s tech-savvy mother fell victim to an online scam after clicking on a fake advertisement hosted on Google. To ensure the growing boomer population doesn’t follow suit, Qikfox employs 78 different signals that are able to ascertain if online businesses are legitimate.
“Our browser is able to identify these websites and blocks you from…