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Research shows private browsing to be anything but...

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Research conducted at Stanford University has shown the 'private browsing' modes of popular web browsers to be insecure:

Apparently SSL certificates, third party add-ons and even protocol queries can lead to browser privacy being compromised. Out of the 32 most popular Javascript add-ons for Firefox, half left traces of activity behind that were not deleted.

The situation is so bad that in the worst case scenario, the researchers claim that the design flaws would "enable a local attacker to completely defeat the benefits of private mode." The researchers also claim that there could be a possibility of "privacy leakage" through accessing RAM.

Nevertheless, the research seems to show that users who want to keep their activities to themselves have to worry about more than just suppressing pop-ups. Rather it is the browser itself coupled with third party add-ons that could end up embarrassing web surfers.

Link: Plug-ins puncture porn privacy

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Research conducted at Stanford University has shown the 'private browsing' modes of popular web browsers to be insecure:

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Interesting, but in the IT security arms race world we live in, not too surprising.

As long as it is secure enough to stop my IT-challenged wife and (increasingly much less challenged) kids seeing my browsing history, my browser is secure enough for me.

I'll take a chance that MI5 won't want to send a hacker round to take my PC apart and find out which porn and prostitution sites I have been viewing.

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Interesting, but in the IT security arms race world we live in, not too surprising.

As long as it is secure enough to stop my IT-challenged wife and (increasingly much less challenged) kids seeing my browsing history, my browser is secure enough for me.

I'll take a chance that MI5 won't want to send a hacker round to take my PC apart and find out which porn and prostitution sites I have been viewing.

I agree, but would add that a weekly run of CCleaner or similar does no harm. It's free and at the very least it clears the crap and helps keep things running at a reasonable pace.

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