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Setting yourself to “private browsing” on the internet doesn’t protect you as much as you think

Contrary to many preconceived ideas, the use of "private browsing" on the internet still leaves certain traces of your passage.

You know about "private browsing"? This is a feature that you already know about rather practical and integrated into your home. the majority current browsers. Whether it is Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, it is often possible to activate a special so-called “private” window. eacute;e".

The primary purpose of these windows is to leave no trace behind your browsing. And in fact, this seems rather true: private browsing does not keep in memory the sites you visit. You will then be able to browse the web – and on many strange sites – without them being visible in your browsing history or your previous searches.

However, using "private browsing" doesn't make you as discreet as some Internet users may think. First of all, even though this feature logs you out of all your online accounts, if you use an account like Amazon, Facebook or LeBonCoin, these said sites will keep track of your browsing , whether you are in "private browsing" or not. Add objects à an Amazon shopping cart, join a Facebook group, start a chat with another person… These actions will remain when you exit "private browsing" mode.

When you use 'private browsing' mode, it's tempting to think that only you know what you're doing online. There is, however, another entity: who can track your activities in 'private browsing' mode: your internet service provider. Whether you are with Free, Orange, SFR or another operator, if the latter decides to investigate your online searches, they will be able to access your information. all addresses consulted and operations you have carried out. However, this can always be circumvented. using a VPN.

Finally note that the "private browsing" of your browser does not protect you from attacks. Your machine continues to receive and send information on the web. It therefore remains subject to hacking or phishing attempts.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116