What is InPrivate Browsing?
InPrivate Browsing is a feature of Internet Explorer 8 and later versions. It basically allows for “private” internet surfing and does not leave any trace of which websites were visited by a particular user. This feature is very much helpful to keep web activities personal especially those who surf the internet on computers that other people may use.
In Internet Explorer, once InPrivate Browsing is enabled, the user’s privacy will be protected on that particular window. Users also have to option to have multiple tabs on the same window having the same privacy protection. Once the user opens another browser window, InPrivate browsing will no longer take effect and the user will have to enable the security tab once again. When the protected window is closed, the InPrivate browsing feature also ends.
With InPrivate browsing enabled, the browser will have no record on website history or webpages visited by the user. Information or data typed on forms and passwords given to different websites will also be protected and won’t be stored. Other items that are not stored are the details on the address bar and the items on the search tab for auto-complete functions. But for optimized and faster downloading of text and images on a particular webpage, the browser will temporarily store cookies and “temporary internet files”. But all these items will be deleted by the browser after closing it.
Browsing security is not only a feature of Internet Explorer. Other internet browsers also have their equivalent to IE’s InPrivate Browsing. Google Chrome has “Incognito Mode” while Firefox and Safari has “Private Browsing”. But in all these browsers, experts believe that all is not perfect in terms of securing the privacy of browsing. Based on research, some browsers are not really able to completely isolate websites that are supposedly visited in private and those that are “open” and unprotected. Others also claim that because of additional plug-ins required by some webpages to be viewed properly, the In Private browsing configuration may be compromised. Most plug-ins have their own browsing privacy options but they do not always follow the main browser’s configuration to privacy settings. This again results to some data available for anyone to collect.