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IE8 - pr0n filter

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IE8 - pr0n filter

Many of us have read about this new feature which hides your browsing habits but this report, if accurate, made me wonder if it is all it's cracked up to be.
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Once the setting is chosen, others using the same computer will not be able to see which sites have been accessed. Other browsers have similar functions, but this one is far more prominent. Although casual users cannot see the previous user’s search history, authorities such as the police will be able to access it if necessary.
Any comments from the more knowledgeable
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Re: IE8 - pr0n filter

I'd recommend sticking with running your dodgy browsing habits in a VM if I were you.
Naturally, I don't have any dodgy browsing habits, so don't really care who see's what I browse. *ahem*
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Re: IE8 - pr0n filter

I don't have any dodgy browsing habits either  Grin but I wondered how the authorities could access the information from one's computer if  the local records were supposedly removed
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It helps to remember that for the most part, nothing is ever really removed. I've not looked at IE8, hence the flippant remark rather than a useful one Wink but I suspect that what they mean is that its merely hidden from everybody.
Kinda like if you set yourself up as an administrative user, and everyone else up as a normal user - they can't see anything thats stored in your profile, but you can see theirs. Perhaps IE8 takes this concept and extends it to ensure that everybodies internet profiles are inaccessible to other users.
Having glanced at the article, I'm a little confused as to the TImes' viewpoint; surely Google track your activities via code embedded in pages you visit, rather than via stuff stored on your machine.
I'm as interested as you are in discovering the truth - apparently its out there...
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Re: IE8 - pr0n filter

It may be that this from the Inquirer gives part of the answer
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The browser contains many new features, including the previously mentioned inPrivate mode that leaves no trace of what the user was up to from the browser and allows users to set which third-party sites have access to any of the data transmitted during the session.
Affectionately dubbed 'porn mode' this new feature could play merry havoc with analytics engines that many people use to track visitor numbers and other stats if users decide to block these sites.
I must admit I thought you could do that in Firefox anyway and also to have it delete browsing history etc. when you close the browser