Hacking Private Browsing

Experts have identified how their web browser’s ‘private mode’ setting is also vulnerable to hackers.Most web browsers offer a private mode, intended to leave no trace of surfing history  on the computer.

Even if private browsing is enabled, details relating to the key remain stored on the computer’s hard drive, allowing a hacker to establish that a particular site had been visited.
A hacker could "guess what sites you’ve been to based on traces left behind," New Scientist quoted Jackson as saying.

These attacks on privacy do not require a great deal of technical sophistication and could easily be built into forensics tools. Any attacker with the knowledge to exploit the weaknesses would probably look to other attacks first, which may yield more detailed information.

If someone is capable of tracking your browsing habits in this way, then they are probably also tech-savvy enough to know about commercial spyware which could much more effectively track your computer use.

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A student pursuing Masters in Compter Applications. Intrested in Linux, Computer Hardware and networking,eco-enviorment related issues and politics.

Posted on August 4, 2010, in internet, Technical and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Browser privacy mode provides a “simple” means to prevent other users that have physical access to a computer from knowing what Websites a person has visited – not hackers. It also provides no protection from someone sniffing packets on the box or local network.

    It’s really low tech privacy designed to keep your spouse and kids from finding out what you’ve been doing online. In an office environment, it really depends on the sophistication of the employer and/or IT personnel. On a publicly accessible computer, it’s a good way to hide your footsteps from the next user.

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