No, private browsing mode is not as safe as we think
For years all browsers include option incognito or private browsing . The native app for Apple iOS or Mac OS X Safari is no exception and either from the computer, File > New Private Window or from our iPhone and iPad by clicking on the + and select Private Browsing can access it.
The private browsing mode or undercover has enabled some privacy options which among other things does not store user data or history or searches or cookies, which in many cases is providential.
What is the private browsing mode
The truth is that it is a mode of navigation that always incites to think badly. Many directly think that only serves to porn , but the reality is that it is incorrect or incomplete perception and I'll explain some cases to demystify it .
Think you want to give a boot to someone who lives with you and uses your iPad. After a sailing time looking for them, your browser has stored cookies that will later be causing that when you open other websites in the section targeted advertising will appear offers those same boots ... because already annoyed surprise.
Another example would be when we are looking at hotels or flights and we see that suspiciously prices go up, but if we go to see the same offers from another site, the prices are those of the first time. Or to check how the positioning of our website is in the search engine. There are many possibilities of using the private mode of navigation.
... And yes, it also serves for porn . Of course, even if it offers us extra privacy for other users of our devices, does not mean that our navigation is like a Samurai and is done without leaving a mark. If one day you have problems with the law and have to intervene your devices, that data see them without problem. Or if you sail at work and your boss wants to ask.
Is private browsing mode as discreet and secure as it seems?
According to a survey by DuckDuckGo reveals that perhaps we have too high expectations placed in private browsing mode . Users who answered said they have used this mode at least once, although 30% use it on a daily basis and 25% use it once a week ... mostly for compromised situations.
These users surveyed believed strongly that private browsing protecting the user completely, even government legal level . Something that we insist is completely false: it protects us at the local user level, but the web pages that loads data stores equally, if not cookies, other data if such as your iP.
If we want a truly private browsing should be complemented with the use of a VPN or using Tor style browsers , which makes all our data anonymous so that our activity is not associated in our real identity internet.
After knowing this information, open debate: Do we need a more discreet way of safe navigation and protect us completely or believe that local user protection level is sufficient?