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Researchers from the University of Chicago and the University doesn’t focus in Hanover recently published the results of a study involving 450 participants, which found that many participants believe that incognito mode or private mode in Web browser to protect their online activity much more than he does, and usually kill the browser and use the option private mode or incognito browsing, which can be accessed through the menu bar in most modern web browsers, so that they will not follow the browsers what you do on the internet, but it seems that this situation is not Special as much as most people think.
Include all the major web browsers, including the Chrome from Google in from Microsoft and Firefox from Mozilla, Safari from Apple and Opera, private browsing mode which does not store browsing history or cookies or temporary files across browsing sessions, and, unfortunately, users have a range of scenarios misconceptions about what he does of this situation, there are many factors that are more likely to help in these misconceptions.
According to the study has been the classification of 11.5 percent of the participants claim that they have expertise due to the presence of certificates or jobs in Computer Science or information technology or related fields, and used the proportion of 96.7 percent of all participants Chrome browser Chrome to on a regular basis via computers desktop, while the use of the Firefox web browser increased by 64.3 percent, and to a lesser extent Microsoft’s browser edge increased by 21.1 percent, and the Safari browser got to 14.3 percent.
As was the Chrome browser is the most popular shopping via mobile devices increased by 73.7 percent, with the use of the Safari browser by 33 percent, while the percentage of the Firefox browser 12.6 percent, followed by Microsoft’s browser edge by 2.2 percent, and used the ratio of 80.4 percent of participants private browsing mode at least for some time across desktop browsers, so that the normal browsing mode the most common.
According to study it has failed operations to detect browsers in the correction of the majority of the misconceptions which were selected, which included misconceptions such appropriations to private browsing mode will prevent the geolocation ads and viruses and tracking by Web sites that were visited with the young, moreover, was likely to have participants who saw some of the disclosures misperceptions about the impact of private browsing on the targeted ads, and the continuity of the lists of downloaded files, tracking internet service providers, employers and governments.
Includes Google Chrome browser Google Chrome for example it does not save browsing history, cookies and site data or information that is entered in the models, but this does not mean that data such as the websites you visit is not available to the employer or the provider of the internet, they warn Google of this when you start using incognito mode, however, it seems that a lot of people think that these options in Web browsers can do much more than we actually do.
The following are some of the misconceptions that have been highlighted in the report:
- The percentage of 46.5 percent of respondents to the bookmarks saved in private mode will not be available in subsequent meetings.
- The percentage of 40.2 percent of the participants that Web sites will not be able to estimate the location of the user’s geographical location when you use private browsing mode.
- The percentage 27.1 of the participants that the private browsing mode offers greater protection against viruses and malware compared to normal.
- The proportion of 22.0 percent and 37.0 percent, and 22.6 percent of subscribers to Internet service providers, employers and the government will not be able to keep track of them when using incognito mode.
The study also suggests that the percentage of 56.3 percent of respondents admitted to browsing in private mode will record their search, and that is wrong because Google is still able to record the user’s search and save a copy of this query over the internet, not necessarily on the computer.
The study shows that there are a lot of misconceptions about what was recorded and what does not happen when you use the incognito mode or in your browser, it is now assumed that what you see on the internet others can see it, especially if you work across the work network or school or you download files.
Link to the project source: study: there are a lot of misconceptions about browse the web in incognito mode