Posts Tagged ‘private browsing’

Microsoft Edge Leaks Private Browsing Data Locally

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

I guess I’m naive, but I’ve always assumed that the whole purpose of private browsing was, uh, privacy.

A not-so recent report indicates that Microsoft’s Edge web browser may be leaking web browsing data of the browser’s private browsing mode locally. The researcher’s investigation of locally stored data by Microsoft’s Edge browser came to the conclusion that the browser is storing private browsing data in a local database even after the session is ended.

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Firefox 39: Tracking Protection for Private Browsing Mode

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Keep in mind that at present, this feature is only available in the nightly versions of Firefox, but it does seem to be a step in the right direction.

Mozilla has been working on a privacy feature called Tracking Protection for some time now. The feature is currently only available in Nightly versions of the desktop version of the web browser and there only after activation. The feature landed in Firefox for Android too but has not found its way to the stable version of the mobile browser yet as well.

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Private Browsing without Closing the Active Firefox Session

Monday, March 12th, 2012

I wonder why it took Firefox so long to catch up on this feature? Given all the recent Firefox updates, it seems like they would have addressed it sooner.

One of the things that has always annoyed me in regards to Firefox’s private browsing mode was the fact that the browser did close the active session before switching to that mode. And while Firefox offers to save the active session, that is the open tabs and other session related information, it is nowhere near as comfortable as a solution that would spawn a new private browsing window without affecting the active session.

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Ghost Incognito, Automate Private Browsing In Chrome

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Here’s an interesting Chrome extension that you might find useful if you work on public PCs or if you’re just concerned with security …

I’m not using private browsing modes that web browsers like Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and even Internet Explorer offer. The core reason is that I’m the only user on the PC so that it is not necessary to protect my privacy using private browsing sessions. Plus, I delete my browsing data at the end of each session anyway. The situation is different on public PCs, work PCs and other shared computer systems as it is usually a good idea to protect your privacy from the prying eyes of others. Sometimes it may even be essential to avoid the leaking of work secrets or other confidential data.

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Autonito – Automatically Open Domains in Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

This looks really cool. I’d like to see a similar feature available on other browsers too …

Incognito Mode is the name of the private browsing option in the Google Chrome browser. Once Incognito Mode is activated it blocks the storage of session related data on the computer’s hard drive. This includes cache files, history entries, searches or cookies.

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Find Out which Sites Users have Accessed in Private Browsing Modes

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Here’s a good trick to help system administrators keep a step ahead of their users.

Private browsing, a relative new feature that allows users to hide their web activities. The modes basically block storage of browsing session data in the browser or the computer’s hard drive. This for instance means that no data is written to the cache or the cookie storage.

Users naturally feel safer using that mode, but that should not be the case. Why? Because there are means to find out which sites have been accessed in private browsing mode.

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