Google Chrome ‘incognito’ flaw identified

Towards the back end of last year Google announced that it would be incorporating a ‘private browsing’ function in Google Chrome. The ‘private browsing’ function is called ‘incognito’. Incognito is designed to keep any websites that you visit during a browsing session’s private. Click here to learn how to use ‘Incognito’.

Incognito allows you to visit webpages and download files without recording any of your visits in your browser and download histories. It will also delete your cookie history when you choose to close the incognito window.

However, it has come to light that incognito retains browser session data when using Chrome or Firefox to stream media files. Notably this appears to be happening with Windows Media, which is a popular streaming player. The culprit is Internet Explorer (IE) which keeps a copy of any .avi or .wmv file names in the IE history, whether the incognito mode is turned on or not.

Some users who don’t even use Internet Explorer, but who used IE’s Windows Media Player noticed the incognito flaw. We suggest you disable the Windows Media Player (and also block this player via your firewall) and then turn incognito on. Another suggestion would be open IE at the end of every session and delete the history.

So if you are worried about your privacy, you now know what to do when it comes to protecting your privacy when use Windows Media Player.

Safe surfing folks!


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