Jan 9, 2013

InPRIVATE browsing

What is in-private browsing?

Why do we need in-private browsing?
“InPrivate Browsing enables you to surf the web without leaving a trail in Internet Explorer. This helps prevent anyone else who might be using your computer from seeing where you visited and what you looked at on the web.” (from Microsoft.com)

Until the other day when I was looking up how to disable it on our computer, I was thinking that the only reasons to use it were;
1) Porn
2) Getting your spouse a secret gift.

As I investigated disabling this feature (which is on most newer browsers including IE8 and Firefox), there was a mention of not being able to have your personal information left on public computers.

Fair enough, but really, is it worth it to open the door of pornography or anything else that our children shouldn’t be exposed to for the sake of convenience or privacy?
Privacy is very important for your personal information so why would you go on a public computer and take the risk?
If someone wants your information bad enough, they will get it anyway.

Why can’t the web designers come up with programs that make our children (or personal information) safer on the internet instead of continuing to put these temptations in front of them (us)?

We adults on the other hand have the duty to make sure that our children are safe and that we ourselves don’t use new technology for evil either.

My word of advice is to find out how to permanently delete this feature off your computer before temptation comes knocking on your web browser.

I have found that all browsers having this feature have an easy way to turn it off, but your computer savvy teen will find that fix in no time.
Permanently disabling this feature is the challenge. Some ways are easier than others. Do a good and exhaustive search before attempting any of it though.
I just read that IE8 will disable this feature if the parental controls are set correctly but I have not tested that theory yet.

Another piece of good advice that I heard in a talk the other day is;

“Never go to the store, watch tv or surf the net without a specific goal in mind”.

I think the old saying “idle hands is the devils workshop” is the thought on this advice.

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