Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) will come with cool new features, beyond what the four Platform Preview releases of the browser have offered early adopters.
While Microsoft is completely mum on the feature set for the next major iteration of Internet Explorer, the fact is that the company has already decided on the goodies that the successor of IE8 will bring to the table. Moreover, the software giant has also been sharing details related to the new features in Internet Explorer 9 internally.
This should of course, come as no surprise, especially since Microsoft is well known for dogfooding its own software (eating its own dog food, namely testing products internally). Microsoft has not confirmed officially any features for IE9, but most people expect , the wait will be certainly worth it.
With the last Platform Preview of IE9 already available, Microsoft is now focusing on wrapping up the first Beta development milestone of the browser. IE9 Beta will be a fully-fledged browser, and judging by the information will also feature some of the new features planned by the software giant. Microsoft had been holding back on us. Yes, performance is looking great – but they’ve got more up their sleeves. So, wait until the unveiling of the beta.Microsoft has already sent out the Beta invites to the Beauty of the Web event in San Francisco on September 15th, 2010, for the launch of IE9 Beta.
Still, the Beauty of the Web site offers no clues as to what IE9 Beta will bring to the table, acting only as an R.S.V.P. destination for those invited. In the meantime, check out the announcement from James Pratt on the Exploring IE blog. The post is titled Announcing the Beauty of the Web event for IE9 Beta Launch.The only clues related to new IE9 features came from leaked screenshots of an early Beta Build, which sported additions such as a download manager.
Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Platform Preview 4 is available for download here.
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.