While it is true that the most recent versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome all offer a privacy mode, the modes require an opt-in status by the user.
By opt-in I mean that these are features that are offered in addition to the basic, standard browsing modes of those applications. Users can delete cookies; browsing history or even block cookies entirely with the latest browsers.
Internet Explorer 8 has an “InPrivate” mode in which you can prevent cookies and your browsing history from being stored in the browser and therefore from being viewed by someone looking into the history of where you have been with that browser.
Firefox’s private browsing option will prevent cookies, your browsing history and passwords you use from being stored. On top of all of that, there are Firefox add-ons from other software creators that offer additional privacy options.
Chrome will prevent data from being stored on your computer and will prevent cookies from being active during “Incognito Mode” sessions.
But the one thing that none of these browsers will do is mask your IP. This is a major privacy flaw with all of today’s browsers.
If your IP is not masked then any web site you visit, no matter what level of security you activate with your browser, will still be able to record your IP address and a host of other information about you.
Your IP address is your online identity and can be used by hackers to break into your computer, steal personal information, or commit other crimes against you. Advertising companies get to know your every move; your every desire; your every fantasy whenever you visit any website with your IP address exposed.
Today’s browsers cannot stop that from happening. It is a major privacy flaw that they have. Learn how you can protect your privacy here.