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.
Posted on August 4, 2010, in internet, Technical and tagged chrome, Firefox, google chrome, hacking, hacking chrome, hacking firefox, incognito, internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox, private browsing. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.