Microsoft Edge Has a Privacy Flaw

NicoleMotta on Monday February 1, 2016 at 11:45:42 AM

Microsoft Edge Has a Privacy Flaw

According to new reports, Microsoft's Edge browser's private browsing mode may still be tracking your browsing.

First reported by Beta News over the weekend, researchers have found that Microsoft Edge's InPrivate mode continues to record your browsing history. According to researcher Ashish Singh who discovered the issue which he calls an "Edge-y Loophole," the data is stored in the browser's WebCache file for browsing in normal and private modes. "[I]n the case of Microsoft Edge, even the private browsing isn’t as private as it seems. Previous investigations of the browser have resulted in revealing that websites visited in private mode are also stored in the browser’s WebCache file," wrote Singh in a post on Forensic Focus which has since been removed. In the "Containter_n" table, he explained, any field flagged with a value of "8" will be a website visited in private mode, making it easy to spot by investigators.

In its own statement on the matter, Microsoft said that it was aware of the problem and insists that this is a bug, not the way its browser's private mode is intended to work. "We recently became aware of a report that claims InPrivate tabs are not working as designed, and we are committed to resolving this as quickly as possible," said the company. Microsoft did not provide a timetable for when this issue will be fixed, just that it is working on a solution. For a more secure private browsing mode, users can switch over to Firefox or Google Chrome until a fix is released for Microsoft's browser.

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