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Monday, 6 February 2017

No, private browsing mode is not as safe as we think

For years, browsers of all kinds have included a private or incognito navigation option . The Apple native app for iOS or Mac OS X Safari is no exception and either from the computer, in File > New Private Window or from our iPhone and iPad by pressing on the + and select Private Browsing we can access it.

The private or incognito mode has privacy options activated which among other things does not store user data or history or searches or cookies, which in many cases is providential.

What is the private browsing mode

The truth is that it is a mode of navigation that always incites to think badly. Many directly think that it only serves for porn , but the reality is that it is an incorrect or incomplete perception and we will explain some cases to demystify it.

Think you want to give a boot to someone who lives with you and uses your iPad. After a while browsing looking for them, your browser has stored the cookies that will later be the cause that when you open other websites, in the section of personalized advertising you will see offers of those same boots ... because the surprise has already been annoying.

Another example would be when we are looking at hotels or flights and we see that suspiciously prices go up, but if we get to see the same offers from another site, the prices are the first time. Or to check how the positioning of our website is in the search engine. There are many possibilities of using the private mode of navigation.

... And yes, it also works for porn . Of course, even if it offers us extra privacy for other users of our devices, does not mean that our navigation is like a Samurai and is done without leaving a mark. If one day you have problems with the law and have to intervene your devices, that data see them without problem. Or if you sail at work and your boss wants to ask.

Is private browsing mode as discreet and secure as it seems?

According to a survey by DuckDuckGo reveals that perhaps we have the expectations too high placed in the private navigation mode . Users who answered said they have used this mode at least once, although 30% use it on a daily basis and 25% use it once a week ... mostly for compromised situations.

These users surveyed strongly believed that private browsing protected the user completely, even at the governmental legal level . Something that we insist is completely false: it protects us at the local user level, but the web pages that loads data stores equally, if not cookies, other data if such as your iP.

If we want a real private browsing we should complement it with the use of a VPN or use Tor style browsers , which makes anonymous all our data, so that our internet activity is not associated with our real identity.

After knowing these data, the debate opens: Do we need a more discreet and secure navigation mode that fully protects us or do you think that with local user level protection is enough?

Via | Xataka

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