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Why Private Browsing Doesn't Exist (and how to fix it)

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  • Samantha Williams · July 21, 2014 at 5:50 am

    I think private browsing has been given too much attention. My understand of private browsing, from what I’ve read – buytimewarnercable.com/surfing-the-internet-with-private-browsing/ – is that it allows you to hide your history from not necessarily everyone, but normal people. These people does not include your ISP who’s able to view your history. It’s important that we differ Private browsing from VPN.

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    • Author comment by Lance Cottrell · July 21, 2014 at 7:47 am

      I agree. Private browsing can provide some limited protection against mostly cookie based tracking, and VPNs provide protection against a different set of threats (ISP level snooping and IP based tracking). Security always needs to be considered in relation to a specific threat. Depending on the who you are trying to hide from, and how much they want to find you, achieving anonymity may be fairly simple or incredibly difficult.

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