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Microsoft's Edge browser's InPrivate mode is still tracking you

Microsoft's Edge browser's InPrivate mode is still tracking you
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It's getting harder and harder to like Microsoft. For starters, its new operating system Windows 10 collects a lot of your personal information, and makes it difficult for you to manage its privacy settings.

Plus, its Web browser Edge doesn't have all the functionality of its competitors. That includes the type of browser extensions on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that allow you to add custom functions to those browsers.

Microsoft says Edge extensions are coming. More troublesome, Microsoft's private browsing mode doesn't perform as you'd expect.

Microsoft Edge's InPrivate mode is supposed to hide your browsing history once you log out. "When you use InPrivate tabs or windows, your browsing data (like your history, temporary Internet files and cookies) isn't saved on your PC once you're done," according the Microsoft's Windows 10 page.

Other Web browser offer similar functionality, like Google Chrome's Incognito Mode. The idea behind these options is straightforward: They keep your online activity private. If you share a computer with other people, you know how important that is.

Except, Microsoft confirms numerous reports that its InPrivate doesn't fully cover your tracks. While it would require a little digging for someone to find this, your Edge browsing history can be found in its WebCache file.

"The not-so-private browsing featured by Edge makes its very purpose seem to fail," writes Forensic Focus' Ashish Singh.

Microsoft says it's aware of the problem, and is working on a fix.

"We recently became aware of a report that claims InPrivate tabs are not working as designed, and we are committed to resolving this as quickly as possible."

Note: If you don't want to be visible to hackers when you're online, there are Web browsers that do a good job of keeping you hidden. Some of them also don't share your information with advertisers. Read this to find out more about these secure Web browsers.

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Source: BetaNews
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