- What is SurfFast?
SurfFast is a software application that allows you to
"Surf the Web ... Better and Faster," and is the first
of its kind for both MacOS 9 and OSX. More
specifically, you can use SurfFast to control your
browsing experience, by blocking popup windows, eliminating
banner ads, disabling flash and shockwave movies, stopping
background music, removing page and table background images,
code from executing when entering and exiting pages and
filtering resources based on their properties and content.
And that's not all! Learn more
about SurfFast by following the illustrated journey.
- How does SurfFast work?
SurfFast works as a local Web proxy and cache server,
by listening on port 5678, by default. Once you configure
either the operating system, or a specific Web browser,
to use SurfFast as the Web proxy, all Web (HTTP) requests
and responses will travel through the SurfFast server.
SurfFast can then be configured to look for certain types of
requests and specific patterns in response content and handle
- Does SurfFast run on OS9?
SurfFast is the only product of its kind to run on both
OS9 and OSX. It was quite a challenge to get SurfFast to
work properly on OS9, due to a number of technical issues
with the Thread Manager and OpenTransport.
- My browser also blocks
popup windows. Why should I use SurfFast?
A number of browsers on the market, including Safari and
Mozilla, have implemented functionality to block popup
windows. However, popups are only one of the many
annoyances that we face every day. How many times have
you had to deal with loud, flashing banner images or large
shockwave movies that take up your entire browser space?
Or even worse, advertisers use all sorts of tricks,
ranging from WebBugs and cookies to manipulated URL,
to keep track of your surfing history. Browsers are
typically not designed to tackle these type of issues.
And that's where SurfFast comes into play. SurfFast was
designed from the ground up to provide you with more
control over your browsing session, irrespective of what
browser you use.
- Can I configure SurfFast
to be the Web proxy server for my entire local network?
SurfFast is currently available only as a single user version;
it has not been designed to handle requests from multiple
computers. However, we are currently working on an enterprise
version of SurfFast, complete with a Web interface, that can
scale to handle hundreds of simultaneous users. If you are
interested in this version, we would love to
hear from you!
- Will SurfFast slow down my
Web browsing performance?
When you issue a request for a URL from your Web browser, that
request travels through SurfFast, to the remote Web server.
And the content returned by the remote server is first parsed
and filtered by SurfFast, and then sent back to your browser.
As a result, there will be slight added delay in response
time. However, since SurfFast can filter out a number of
unncessary objects, such as stylesheets and banner images
from known advertising sites, the overall response time
will be faster.
Certain Web sites, including most of the popular ones,
such as Google and Yahoo, have the ability to return
compressed content; compressed HTML content is typically
300-500% smaller than uncompressed content and thus will
download and render much quickly. Unfortunately, not all
browsers can deal with compressed content, most notably,
Internet Explorer. However, with SurfFast in place, you
you can take advantage of compressed content in any browser.