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Is Microsoft's Edge browser storing your private browsing data?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Jan 2016 6:16 User comments (7)

Is Microsoft's Edge browser storing your private browsing data? Microsoft Edge, the company's evolution for Internet Explorer, may be storing data it should not be.
The browser, which launched last year with Windows 10, has an 'incognito' browsing mode called InPrivate which is supposed to ensure that your browsing history and habits are not tracked nor stored. According to researcher Ashish Singh, InPrivate is not protecting you as it should.

Singh says that any site visited while InPrivate can be recovered by examining the app's WebCache file. The sites are stored in a "Container_m" table just like your regular browsing history is.

"The not-so-private browsing featured by Edge makes its very purpose seem to fail," Singh wrote.

Microsoft has confirmed it is investigating the reports: "We recently became aware of a report that claims InPrivate tabs are not working as designed," a Microsoft spokesperson added, "and we are committed to resolving this as quickly as possible."

Source:
Verge via Forensic Focus

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7 user comments

129.1.2016 19:22

Thank you Ashish :)


Detecting stuff like this is out of my area of expertise.

230.1.2016 16:50

I'm never going to use Windows 10, as I tried it and it stinks big time, so if Microsoft stops supporting Win 7 I will go to another operating system.

330.1.2016 18:03

Originally posted by ronhondo:
I'm never going to use Windows 10, as I tried it and it stinks big time, so if Microsoft stops supporting Win 7 I will go to another operating system.
We've had a Mac for 8 years now and have NEVER put ANY anti-spyware/malare/virus software on here and we've had NO problems what so ever.

430.1.2016 22:12

Originally posted by fb2075:
Originally posted by ronhondo:
I'm never going to use Windows 10, as I tried it and it stinks big time, so if Microsoft stops supporting Win 7 I will go to another operating system.
We've had a Mac for 8 years now and have NEVER put ANY anti-spyware/malare/virus software on here and we've had NO problems what so ever.
Maybe that's where I will go ?

530.1.2016 23:10

fb2075, that is weird as I had worked on an imac that did have spyware & malware on it. you might want to get anti-virus & anti-malware programs for your computer as macs do get them as it has been reported on the news.

62.2.2016 00:10

Originally posted by ronhondo:
I'm never going to use Windows 10, as I tried it and it stinks big time, so if Microsoft stops supporting Win 7 I will go to another operating system.
Oh man I feel your frustration as I have gone to 10 TWICE. Once the day of release and then again about a month ago. NEVER AGAIN! At least is what I said, and say now but inevitably, Microsoft is ceasing support in 2020...which is seemingly illegal as I thought they're required to support products for 7 years after decommissioning or end-of-lifing.

Either way. 10 is indeed slower in too many respects to merit use. The slight increases in performance benchmarking are so negligible, it DEFINITELY and collectively around the tech world is said to be "not worth the upgrade". My experience it was slower. Fallout 4 averaged several FPS slower on 10 vs 7.

10 also has too many F'ing "ghosts in the machine". Little nuances and annoying quirks that occur and make you think you're seeing shit. Stuff that happens really randomly and sporadically. Edge is a pop-up playground and I will stay w/7 as long as possible BUT.............

my friend, what OS would you go to? Can't play the variety of games on MAC in any way at all. Nor on Ubuntu or Linux. It's sad cause I'd jump with ya.

72.2.2016 00:14

Originally posted by fb2075:
Originally posted by ronhondo:
I'm never going to use Windows 10, as I tried it and it stinks big time, so if Microsoft stops supporting Win 7 I will go to another operating system.
We've had a Mac for 8 years now and have NEVER put ANY anti-spyware/malare/virus software on here and we've had NO problems what so ever.


Oh man........how am I not surprised you're a newbie.

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