Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Fire Fox 3.5 - a porn surfer's browser

Yesterday I installed Fire Fox 3.5. If you don't know, I'm a big Fire Fox fan. I like it more than Safari, Chrome and of course IE (piece of junk). Why? I like the web proxy override feature and spell check. And all the add-ons like Fire Bug.

Fire Fox 3.5 has a new feature called Private Browsing. When browsing the web with a normal browser, the browser will cache pages, history, cookies, etc., and store them for a myriad of reasons (performance, refined search, auto-login, etc.). This all works fine unless you don't want someone to track you.

Internet porn advocates will find Private Browsing right of their alley. They're not interested in performance (at least browser performance), they're interested in covering their tracks. To make sure their wife (or husband I suppose) doesn't find porntube.com when first typing in potterybarn.com, all the porn surfer needs to do is turn on Private Browsing during their late night surfing. Nothing will be tracked.

Think I'm crazy? I'm willing to bet my entire life savings (a modest sum) that this feature will be most used by those who don't want others to see what they were browsing.

2 comments:

Asa Dotzler said...

"I'm willing to bet my entire life savings (a modest sum) that [Firefox's Private Browsing] feature will be most used by those who don't want others to see what they were browsing."

Um. Yes. I mean, who do you expect to use a feature called "Private Browsing" except people who want to browse in private. Who would take the other side of this bet? People who believe that most users of Private Browsing are hoping it doesn't actually work?

David said...

fyi, here is the wikipedia article on Asa Dotzler.