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Privacy Modes Aren't Always Private

ONLINE PRIVACY

August 9, 2010

"Don't do anything in privacy mode that you wouldn't do with the boss looking over your shoulder," PCWorld warns in an article examining the potential to discover users' online activities through Web browsers' privacy modes. According to the findings of a trio of researchers from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon, privacy modes used by major Web browsers to "cover a user's tracks" after an online browsing session fail to purge all traces of user activities. Browser add-ons and even secure certificates can undermine user privacy, the report states, "So anyone who knows where to look for it can find it and glimpse into a user's Internet travels."
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