Microsoft has outlined the new privacy tools available in its forthcoming browser Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). Earlier this week the company’s program manager Andy Zeigler confirmed rumours from last week that Microsoft would include a privacy browsing feature affectionately known as "porn mode". He said four new controls with be …
I think you're spot on. Most of these "options" aren't new, but the presentation is. We administrators understand how to mass configure these settings for users, but more often than not, it's a pain because they complain.
Most corporations enforce the use of IE because the configuration can be centrally managed through Group Policy. These changes, regardless of how unoriginal or uninnovative they may be will have a large impact due to the sheer number of IE users that will get this functionality automagically through Windows Updates.
Mine's the one with the features turned off...
"It IS revolutionary. Nothing really exists until Microsoft has written their own version of it. It's how they've become the most innovative company in history."
That sounds so 1984'ish
M$ wishes they were BB
FF Cache Settings
For those Firefox users that don't know yet...
Type about:config into the url bar to bring up the settings
Type cache into the filter bar
Then set all cach capacities to 0 and set all other cache toggles to false
Leave privacy.item.cache set to true.
Is the prefix 'in' not used to invert the meaning of a word?
So InPrivate browsing would be the opposite of private browsing.
Anyhoo, does anyone REALLY trust Microsoft to respect privacy?
...let's all relax, Microsoft will protect us....LOL .... Yea, just lie back and browse away, it's OK, Microsoft will always place YOU and your privacy before any government or corporate demands for details on the aforementioned . Yes, you can trust Microsoft so much you don't even have to think about learning or using any other products or techniques to cover your tracks ever again. It's not like there will be any little caveats to it's methodology or implementation.
OK, so that's nothing to see here then... C'mon, really....
Just download a copy of Firefox Portable, run it from a memory stick and you'll have no "incriminating evidence" left on your hard drive.
lmfao - pr0n mode ...
yeh - like ... otherwise known as ... sniff my packets I'm doing something dodgy ... way to go M$.
The Aroma of Innovation
So the innovative bit is ganging together some toggle bits under an easy to find button rather than putting them down in Internet Options.
But the curious bit is that it's being portrayed in the mainstream media as a anti-Google move. Foxnews and financialtimes both claim it's a terrible turn of events for online advertising. But if you're worried that this new power will shield evil-goers, they say "Although casual users cannot see the previous user’s search history, authorities such as the police will be able to access it if necessary."
@AC, why call it pr0n?
Cos some berks still use filters that "string-slice" and if you type the word in correctly, they throw hissyfits.
As any reasonable IT Support person knows though, you don't use IE to surf for that sort of thing even if you are dumb enough to do it at work. Not unless you want all sorts of people knowing what you're looking at...
If you are dumbass enough to do stupid things like pr0nsurf at work, make sure you have a relatively up-to-date image of your hard drive (without all the dodgy stuff, natch) so when the EvilStevies come looking, you swap *your* HDD into someone else's machine, reimage the disk from *their* machine to look like yours, pop it into your machine and then pretend nothings going on...
Of course, if you are a Manager and want to get rid of one person but want to keep the others and you know they have *all* been up to dodgy stuff, just start a Project that requires "older" machines and give the new machines to the staff you want to keep. If all the 'old' machines have to be degaussed and renamed (several times) so they are untracable, it will only take a decent Desktop Support Team a few days to do.
Just make sure you don't send an email advising everyone to delete any "unwanted" data before dropping the target in the crap. Or if you must, don't let your target find out about it since it makes a good case for Unfair Dismissal.
Skull-and-Crossbones for the bastards who tried to do over me this way.
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