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Your Guide to Private Browsing

InPrivate, Incognito, Private Browsing -- whatever they want to brand it -- all modern browsers offer a special mode designed to keep what you do online a secret from prying eyes. Despite different names and origins at different companies, they all work in basically similar ways: A new browser session is created that operates separately from your existing one, with its own history and cookies t...

How Internet Explorer Almost Set the Bar for Privacy, But Chose Ad Dollars Instead

Share Today, the Wall Street Journal published a lengthy report revealing the behind-the-scenes debates that shaped the creation of Internet Explorer 8, and derailed the development team's plan to make the much-maligned browser the poster boy for privacy protection. As it turns out, the InPrivate filter, which is sometimes charmingly called "porn mode," was almost made the default behavior for I...

How to Truly Browse in Private

All the modern browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc...) come with what has affectionately been dubbed "porn mode." Though it goes by different names in different browsers (InPrivate, Private Browsing, Incognito), the idea is the same; they keep your online journeys hidden by deleting or rejecting cookies, not tracking history, and emptying the cache when you quit. Unfortunately, thes...