We all know the old adage, “it takes a real thief to steal my password, so if you are wondering how does private browsing actually work – you’d better think again.” Private browsing can be likened to an advanced form of computer hacking. The question then is, “is it really that private?” Let’s look at this more closely and see what we come up with.
When you’re using the internet, you are obviously not going to want everyone to know what you’re doing. This is why you use private browsing mode on the internet. There are special software programs that can be installed in your browser (and change the browser setting) that make your browsing as private and safe as possible. Most people are familiar with these and realize that they aren’t actually very private.
The question is, however, how safe is it? Is this really safe enough? What about the privacy issues involved in private browsing? Is this really private enough?
Private browsing mode on the web is similar to what happens when you use “Norton” or other security programs. Whenever you visit a site, the location of the website is recorded by the location tool in your web browser. It also records all of the different keywords that are entered into the site. If you have this kind of private browsing setting enabled, then the history of the site is only accessible by you and your computer (and possibly someone else who has access to the same computer).
The problem is that while you can see the history of the site, you don’t really see anything that is sensitive. For instance, when you’re viewing an image in MS Windows Internet Explorer, the view option allows you to see the “related websites.” That is to say, the websites that the link you are viewing has links to. If these websites include pornography, then you will see the pornographic images. But this is only a small portion of the history. The rest of the history including all of the websites and all of the search results that were returned while you were online is not viewable by you.
In some cases, it may be OK to have this kind of private browsing feature enabled but you should realize that it actually makes the web much more vulnerable to attack from the outside. Anyone with a computer and access to the Internet can essentially take over your browser and make changes. This means that your computer is probably being attacked right now by someone who is trying to find out information that they can use to get credit card information, use your bank account information, or even obtain credit from you through illegal means. This is a huge issue and one that anyone who uses the Internet needs to address.
One way to make your private browsing space more secure is to install software that will strip your browser of any personal information that is on it. This software works by having your private data (only you can see it) replaced with random characters or just by getting rid of the entire page. This is a very effective way to make sure that someone doesn’t get your personal information because the characters in the url are already random. It is also a great way to make the pages simpler and easier to read. This also keeps information such as passwords safe. However, if you don’t want to change the software, then you still have some options to help keep your information safe.
There is a program called Chameleon that you can download to your computer that will hide any information from you while you use the private browsing space. This program works well and will work well without actually stripping your private data. However, this program is only available for Windows. It is not compatible with other platforms and will not work if you have a Mac or Linux computer. There is also software that you can install that will do the same thing but won’t be as secure.