Looks like we've got a rat, the browser formerly known as IE is spilling the beans

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2016 - 02:25 PM |
Tagged: Privacy, microsoft, edge

Microsoft is revisiting an old issue with private browsing which we have seen too many times unfortunately.  In 2010 Firefox's private browsing broke and left site visits on your computer and in 2013 Chrome went through the same issue.  More recently it was discovered that when Chrome interacted with an NVIDIA GPU, sites could also be retrieved.  Now it is Edge's turn, the browser stores your page visits in tables under <user>\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\history even when using InPrivate Mode.  This will be resolved soon but for now if you are secretly ... ah, shopping for a loved one you might want to use a different browser, VPN or other measure.  There is more info over at The Inquirer

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"BURGEONING ORWELLIAN nightmare corporation Microsoft has once again been found lacking in the security department, this time for the new and improved Edge browser in Windows 10."

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January 28, 2016 | 02:44 PM - Posted by remc86007

Edge has never been "know"[sic] as IE...

Come on; this is a tech site, you should know better.

Maybe the patreon money could hire an editor?

January 28, 2016 | 03:46 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Rebrand it to Spartan or Edge or whatever, the browser bundled with Windows is still IE to me

January 28, 2016 | 04:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

They're poking you for your use in the headline of "know" instead of "known", mostly.

January 28, 2016 | 04:21 PM - Posted by remc86007

...yeah, I was trying to get at both.

January 28, 2016 | 04:29 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Oooops, now that I will fix but I still love making the allusion at Prince by way of U2

January 28, 2016 | 04:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


January 28, 2016 | 04:23 PM - Posted by remc86007

But IE is also still bundled with Windows 10. Edge and IE are distinct software programs.

January 29, 2016 | 08:04 AM - Posted by Corky42 (not verified)

They maybe distinct but they both use the same cache.

January 28, 2016 | 10:29 PM - Posted by quest4glory

Why do you come here?

January 28, 2016 | 03:07 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What? You mean the browser that's bundled into the operating system known for mining all of your data and logging all of your keystrokes keeps track of your browsing history even in private mode?

I'm shocked!

January 28, 2016 | 03:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Right.... Your tinfoil hat is a little too tight.

January 28, 2016 | 03:46 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Missed the part about how all the browsers have done this in the past, did you?

January 28, 2016 | 04:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nope. I'm just saying I'm not in any way surprised that Win10's browser does it, too. And implying that it was by design. Like the "bug" in the update that turned on all the telemetry stuff that you already turned off, without telling you.

January 28, 2016 | 04:31 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Wouldn't that theory imply the sites were uploaded to Microsoft as opposed to the failure to delete the history that it actually is.  I think this is more of a screw up than maliciousness.

January 28, 2016 | 04:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

That's fair. Over time, I've become conditioned to expect this kind of maliciousness from Microsoft, and haven't yet been disappointed in my expectations, so that's generally my default position when I read yet another story about something Microsoft made being all shady with data.

January 29, 2016 | 08:09 AM - Posted by Corky42 (not verified)

If there not uploaded to Microsoft it would be interesting to know how the leaked data gets shared between devices using the same Microsoft account.

January 31, 2016 | 05:22 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

of course they did...this site has been over run with trolls.

January 29, 2016 | 06:57 AM - Posted by khanmein (not verified)

try install Edge Blocker v1.0


January 29, 2016 | 09:18 AM - Posted by Patrick3D (not verified)

SHOCKING, to think that a private browsing mode would store data in your private user data folder. I mean, seriously, anyone with administrator rights to your computer could access that folder to read your browsing history! NO ONE IS SAFE!

January 29, 2016 | 09:24 AM - Posted by Corky42 (not verified)

Wouldn't the fact that anyone with administrator rights kind of defeat the point of a private browsing mode, if anyone can retrieve the data, no matter who they're, then it's not exactly private is it.

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