“Private mode” internet browsing is one of the main features offered by four major Internet browsers, however, according to the recent study conducted a scientist from Stanford University in California revealed that significant holes remain in the protection offered by such modes.
“Many popular browser extensions and plug-ins undermine the security offered by private surfing,” the four authors of the study elaborated their findings before its recent publication at a security conference in Washington. The research team, directed by computer scientist Dan Boneh, utilized their sophisticated technical skills in examining the four major browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, and Apple respectively.
The research team discovered 16 extensions in Firefox alone that leave traces of internet usage data on the hard drive. That data could then be utilized by a hacker in spying information related to visiting specific websites.
The research team developed a plug-in called “ExtensionBlocker” designed to deactivate all extensions or add ons that compromise the security of surfing in private mode.