Why your browser's privacy mode won't keep you safe

Why your browser's privacy mode won't keep you safe

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

11 January 2015

Whether you’re buying a present for a partner, booking a holiday away, or simply looking at things you don’t want others to know that you’ve been looking at, it’s easy to keep your online activity a secret these days. With many browsers having “privacy modes” as standard, it’s simple to keep yourself hidden online with just one click.

Or at least, that’s what they would have you believe.

In fact, the in-built “private” modes of the top browsers don’t keep you anonymous online at all. Even with your browser’s privacy mode enabled, you are very much visible and trackable online, and anything that you download will still be on the computer at the end of your session.

The way these modes work is to stop your browser from recording what websites you visit, and from downloading cookies from these sites. This means that no one using your computer can see what you’ve been doing – but it doesn’t stop anyone else from seeing your online activity.

In fact, even with your browser’s privacy or incognito mode enabled, your online movements can be both seen and tracked by anyone that knows your IP address – the unique address that allows data from the web to find you and vice versa. Your IP address can give others such information as your physical address and your ISP, as well as showing them exactly which sites you’ve visited and what you’ve downloaded while you were on them. Private browsing modes do nothing whatsoever about this.

So how do you keep yourself hidden online?

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And it’s not just for your laptop or PC; SurfEasy’s Unlimited plan keeps you safe on up to 5 different devices for only $4.99 per month.

Get started today at www.surfeasy.com/register – and stop relying on your browser’s “privacy” mode.

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