Users spend a significant portion of their computer time using browsers—for checking email, shopping, making online payments, and for entertainment. This makes them vulnerable to attacks, data theft, and other malicious activities. The cloud service from startup SquareX, founded by cybersecurity expert Vivek Ramachandran, helps to cope with this.
SquareX has already raised $6 million in seed funding from Sequoia Capital Southeast Asia. Funds are spent on safety research and market entry. SquareX’s solution will serve as an alternative to existing cybersecurity products. It is a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) service that integrates with classic browsers via a special extension, allowing users to easily follow links and open websites in “one-way browsers”. , which serve as a kind of safe containers – “sandboxes”. These browsers run in the SquareX data center, so threats basically cannot get to users’ computers.
According to the startup’s founder, users often turn off security tools because they slow down PC performance. For example, if someone tries to download an important Word document and is warned that it may be infected, they often simply turn off their antivirus to view it. In other words, many tools are actually counterproductive because the likelihood of people not using them is high.
The SquareX tool does not block access to files or resources even if they are considered potentially malicious. Instead, disposable browsers are used – according to the company’s founder, an alternative to VPN, antivirus, software for detecting other malware and other cyber security solutions.
SquareX disposable browsers allow anonymous web browsing from anywhere. Users can remove the virtual browser at any time by pausing the session and not saving any data. This is more secure than incognito mode, Ramachandran says, because data about websites visited and files downloaded is not stored on users’ computers. According to the developer, by creating one-way environments, SquareX ensures the separation of user identity and browsing data — even the most sophisticated trackers on websites will not be able to determine who exactly is viewing this or that content.
SquareX’s go-to-market strategy is primarily focused on the US, UK, and Asia. Sequoia Southeast Asia said the online environment is becoming much more dangerous as AI systems evolve to quickly create malicious code, and SquareX’s solution leaves no chance for attackers to infect users’ computers.