Windows 10: Microsoft’s Edge browser may be storing private browsing data

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  1. Posts : 23,601
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
       27 Jan 2016 #1

    Microsoft’s Edge browser may be storing private browsing data


    When Microsoft’s Edge browser arrived this summer alongside Windows 10, it was seen as a major step forward, incorporating new features like Cortana Assist alongside tricks that had become popular elsewhere, like Reading List and the new InPrivate browsing mode.

    But now, new research suggests that InPrivate may not be as private as it seems. According to an investigation by researcher Ashish Singh, websites visited from InPrivate can be easily recovered from a user’s hard drive by examining the WebCache file. Visited sites are stored in the same "Container_n" table that stores tab history from conventional browsing, the investigation found.

    By examining that table, an attacker would be able to reconstruct a user’s entire browsing history, whether in Private Mode or not. "The not-so-private browsing featured by Edge makes its very purpose seem to fail," Singh wrote in Forensic Focus...


    Read more: Microsoft's Edge browser may be storing private browsing data | The Verge
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  2.    27 Jan 2016 #2

    By mistake? Or by design? Hmmmm....Either way, its very troubling!!
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  3.    27 Jan 2016 #3

    Since Firefox, Chrome, Safari and IE all had this 'feature' the fix (if needed) should be quick n easy
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  4.    27 Jan 2016 #4

    AnEdge said: View Post
    By mistake? Or by design? Hmmmm....Either way, its very troubling!!
    I agree, very troubling either way.
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  5.    27 Jan 2016 #5

    If it's a mistake, oversight or whatever, that demonstrates a level of incompetence and if it's by design well, no more needs to be said. If it is rectified quickly then I would say mistake but my money is on the latter. When people say PRIVATE I don't think Microsoft thinks it includes them.

    After using W-10 for a while I went back to 8.1 and glad I did. Watching all the problems with W-10 just reinforces my decision.
    Last edited by Brink; 27 Jan 2016 at 21:15. Reason: cleaned thread
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  6.    27 Jan 2016 #6

    gator2013 said: View Post
    If it's a mistake, oversight or whatever, that demonstrates a level of incompetence and if it's by design well, no more needs to be said. If it is rectified quickly then I would say mistake but my money is on the latter. When people say PRIVATE I don't think Microsoft thinks it includes them.

    After using W-10 for a while I went back to 8.1 and glad I did. Watching all the problems with W-10 just reinforces my decision.
    Hey Gator, on a serious note, did you have a lot of problems yourself with 10? I agree on some points you make, but after all the initial problems I had and after ironing them out, my system runs incredibly smooth.

    As far as Edge goes, its half baked.
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  7.    27 Jan 2016 #7

    AnEdge said: View Post
    Hey Gator, on a serious note, did you have a lot of problems yourself with 10? I agree on some points you make, but after all the initial problems I had and after ironing them out, my system runs incredibly smooth.

    As far as Edge goes, its half baked.
    I used W-10 on one of my machines from the start (8/1/15). Didn't have any total crashes but fairly unstable, but after a couple weeks there was much improvement but I think W-10 is 6-9-12 months away from being a rock solid OS and "YES" I also think Edge is half baked and after a week or so using it I defaulted my system to ie11. If it's not broke don't try to fix it. 8.1 is a fine OS and does everything I will ever need it to do and more and it is rock solid and I don't need to think about what the next update will or will not do. I would never use Cortana or most of the built-in apps that I could not uninstall. I do think the way MS is pushing it is rather despicable. Yes, it is free from Microsoft's perspective but for many, the upgrade has not been free at all. I know of numerous occasions where home users had to take their PC's to a tech to correct problems from the upgrade, so it wasn't free for them. All in all I was very disappointed with W-10 considering all the pre-release hype, I had hoped it was going to something that really knocked your socks off but it's not even close.
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  8.    27 Jan 2016 #8

    Kind of the way I felt initially. It took me 6 times to upgrade with all the problems, but most of them were HP related. I uninstalled the HP crap and actually configured my system almost like 7, and not with 3rd party apps!! A few registry hacks and so forth.
    I have to say that my system is running just as good, if not better than 7 did.
    The forums here ( and Brink in particular ) are second to none as far as resolving issues and getting the most out of the new OS.
    Hope to see you upgrade again and enjoy 10 as much as I've learned too.

    Edit: I see you have an HP also. Uninstall the HP support and framework and also the HP setup!! The HP setup in particular was causing all the instability for me initially.
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  9. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       30 Aug 2016 #9

    Brink,

    Thanks for the additional info as I seem to find the same response in using Chrome Incognito Window. Just need to remember to make bookmarks for future use.

    Thanks,
    Biglee
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  10.    31 Aug 2016 #10

    what have you all got to hide lol.
    I really don't care, it would make boring reading for anyone bothering to check it
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