Private browsing isn't so private

Which websites are you browsing while you are working? Make sure you answer this question honestly, because if not your employer may know that you're lying, thanks to new software offering from forensic software company Paraben.

The software, which is roughly $34,000 for 100 computers, is able to analyze large capacity hard disks and find images that match the criteria of a pornographic image. The software also contains a real time monitor which can instantly alert a system administrator to suspicious activity on workstations.

With the rise of private browsing features in many of the leading browsers, is this software still effective? You may surprised to note that WebWereld, a security firm in the Netherlands, reported that recovering website history from browser, even with such features enable, is 'trivial' and not as difficult as some may think.

The privacy features of Internet Explorer can fail to delete the browsing cache and while the private browsing feature of Mozilla's Firefox does delete the cache, it is easily recoverable by forensic tools such as the offering from Paraben.

Private browsing is a feature designed to keep one's surfing habits private from other users of that computer, not security experts and forensic researchers. While it is easy to be swept away by the claims of privacy, it is important to remember what a difficult thing 'true' privacy is to achieve.

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