posted Sep 11, 2000

IE feature can track Web surfers without warning Privacy from Companies9/11/2000; 5:49:04 PM 'Microsoft today said it is investigating a possible privacy loophole in its Internet Explorer browser that could thwart efforts by people who want to surf the Web anonymously. The feature in IE 5 and above, referred to by Microsoft as "persistence," is designed to let Web pages remember information, such as search queries, entered by visitors.'There are other good reasons to turn this feature off. You should not leave importent passwords on your computer if possible; since the feature is either "off" or "on", you can't seperate the importent passwords from the unimportent ones. (And I have some importent ones. The iRights password is kinda dear to me, for instance ).This is yet-another technology with unanticipated side effects. Paul, if you're looking, these last few snafus with Microsoft (macro viruses being the big one) have definately convinced me that capabilities-based security is indeed the way to go


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