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Is the so-called private or incognito browsing mode really working?

We are told that we are possibly spied by others while viewing webpages. As a result of it, we turn to private browsing for help and hope we can protect our privacy. But does the so-called incognito browsing really work? Learn more...

Are private browsing modes of some web browsers really taking effects? Can they keep us away from trackers?

There has been a growing movement nowadays for cyber users to pay more attention to their on-line activities. Because the Internet has touched nearly every part of our lives. As everybody knows, the more personal information we involve, the less security is for us. So, from the deep down, everyone is seeking for some ways to better keep themselves away from cyber criminals, trackers, Internet attackers, identity theft... Some people place high expectations on the current privacy protecting measures and are counting on a more relieving solution to deal with it. Well, it is of great importance to do so because we are now under an age that most so-called security protecting plans may fail. In the meantime, someone would possibly think that if we take actions like using current high-tech methods to ensure on-line safety, it will low the data leakage rate. But the truth is, unless we are working on an ideal test which can prove its efficiency, nor will we be able to pass the information leaking messes.

So here is going to mention one of the high-tech trick we are facing now- private browsing, private mode, also known as the incognito browsing (mostly seen in Google Chrome). It is claimed to let the browser run in stealth, private status and work to prevent the browser or other service providers away from accessing our personal information. But does it a trick or the so-called private browsing mode really work?

What is private browsing?

The official explanation for "Private Browsing" from Wikipedia.
Privacy mode or "private browsing", sometimes informally referred to as "porn mode", is a term that refers to privacy features in some web browsers. Historically speaking, web browsers store information such as browsing history, images, videos and text within cache. In contrast, privacy mode can be enabled so that the browser does not store this information for selected browsing sessions. This allows a person to browse the Web without storing local data that could be retrieved at a later date. It is of note that this offers virtually no privacy protection beyond the local level. For example, it is still possible to identify frequented websites by associating the IP address with the user on the server end. Privacy mode will also disable the storage of data in cookies or Flash cookies.
Well, for us, "private browsing", it only means that the browser itself will not save your browsing history, cookie, download history, temp files in local file folders. In this way, we do not need to worry about the information we placed on the computer. Because sometimes we may have to share a single computer with others and do not want to let others know what you have browsed. Because sometimes we happen to use the company-supplied computer terminal to do a non-work related browsing, we know the boss will not be happy to see your what you are looking at... No matter what situation it is, we do need some private air.

Can incognito browsing being tracked?

It can prevent us from tracked by trackers and really take effects to some extent. But nothing is perfect.
This type of personal browsing can be traced and tracked by specific monitoring software. Even if you have run an anti-virus software, monitoring tools can also find its way to record the browsing history under icognito mode. But please note, if the webpage has been encrypted by their providers in the first place , then it would be troublesome for those software decrypt. In this case, monitoring software is useless.

How does Surveilstar work to monitor private browsing?

Using "private browsing" is just local private protection, has nothing to do with Internet privacy. Considering most web browsing uses port "80", Surveilstar is designed to keep an eye on this port to monitor browsing. In this way, "private browsing" is not useful and can be tracked.
But- if the browser is not supported by Surveilstar, then not to mention "private browsing", none browsing will be tracked. Anyway, Surveilstar enterprise edition is capable of monitoring IE, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Sougou Browser, 306 Browser and many others.
If you are uncertain if your browser is supported by Surveilstar, please feel free to contact Surveilstar Support Team.

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