How Privacy Mode Gets Beaten by Super Cookies

What has been initially used to enhance your security (meaning the super cookies) is now a threat for overcoming the boundaries of privacy mode and revealing your personal information to third parties, such as social media and advertisements.

Privacy mode is meant to deliver what its name suggests, which is nothing more and nothing less than ensuring privacy. Nevertheless, a researcher from the UK called Sam Greenhalgh revealed that there is a string of code that permits cookies to intercept personal information of yours, even in privacy mode. This has led to significant concern, as the whole purpose of turning from conventional web surfing to privacy mode is simple and straightforward; you may be in need to visit a suspicious site or access content that you want no link to. So, privacy is of the essence here!

The annoying thing about this revelation is the fact that social media platforms or sites where you add your personal data remember you, no matter what. The super cookies that numerous browsers use for optimizing your web experience and allowing you to save time while accessing sites work both ways and can also harm your privacy. They give out information to third parties, such as the social media and advertisements. Sam Greenhalgh explains thoroughly the way different browsers deal with the issue, alarming users as to what they should do towards ensuring that they are not tracked down online.

Another statement as to the impact of super cookies online is that of Eugene Kuznetsov, who has co-founded Abine: “What we have here is a privacy arms race. This desire to track Internet users is like a parasite. Anything you put in a browser is constantly being examined by websites and advertisers to implement more tracking.”

As to the reactions of browsers, Mozilla has been prompt to fixing the issue for its latest version. Google and Microsoft (for Chrome and Internet Explorer) have issued nothing so far. Chrome has been left prone to this bug, due to the convenience of the tracker remembering https. Internet Explorer, on the other hand, does not even have such a reminder and thus cannot do anything.

Of course, you can overcome this tracking experience by selecting to use a different browser for your privacy mode surfing. Alternatively, you can delete all the cookies from your history prior to launching the privacy mode. These two methods work just fine, helping you out to remain protected online and maintain your privacy intact. Nevertheless, super cookies have been proven to penetrate your security layering and there is the fear of them becoming even more powerful.

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How Privacy Mode Gets Beaten by Super Cookies

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