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In my professional environment I often have to use Windows.

To get a minimum level of privacy, improve my workflow and have my config everywhere I want to use portable apps. My question is how can I trust the portable apps providers?

For example portable apps is a well known portable apps provider but as far as I know they don't release the sources of their apps. So how can I be sure that their apps are exactly the same as the original ones and that they don't add a tracker or something like that along with the portability?

I know that the framakey project is a known, open and trusted french project providing portable apps but for example they do not provide an original Firefox but a 'Framafox' custom version which is not what I want.

Is the only way to get a trusted portable app to source it by myself?

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  • I'm not a 100% sure this question is on topic on this site, but I don't know another SE site where to ask this question. If it's off topic, sorry for the inconvenience. – statox Jan 9 '17 at 13:47
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    If it gets kicked off of here, you might consider security.stackexchange.com/but I am not sure about that either – Mawg Jan 9 '17 at 13:59
  • @Mawg that's also what I thought but they don't have a 'portable' tag or something similar and I think this question is really asking for software recommendation... Anyway thanks for your advice if I get kicked I'll try there :-) – statox Jan 9 '17 at 14:10
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    It doesn't matter whether it is portable or not; you would be asking them "how can I trust the app, if I don't have the source?”. As a professional software developer of several decades, I consider having the source to be, at best, a placebo . Are you really going to give it a deep code review, or run it through static code analysis? I think that it all boils down to trust. Portable Apps have spent many years building up their reputation. How likely is it that they would risk it? – Mawg Jan 9 '17 at 14:14
  • @Mawg Well take any open source software: I want to use firefox because I know it is open source and audited by a lot of people. It's true that it is not a 100% guarantee but that can be considered as a pretty safe choice. Now if I want a portable version of firefox, I'll have to trust the creator of the portable version which is not open and not as audited. I can agree that portableapps.com has a good reputation but that's not a guarantee that they will never modify the apps (on their own behalf or because a government makes them doing it) – statox Jan 9 '17 at 14:30

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