Feeds

Microsoft to protect furtive web searches

IE porn medical research mode

Security for virtualized datacentres

Microsoft's been accused of many things in its time, but guardian of porn hunters has never been one. That could change with Internet Explorer 8, however.

The company has applied for two trademarks in the US that if granted could hide where you've been and what it is you've been looking at with Microsoft's browser. IE could thus join Safari in allowing a feature affectionately known as "porn mode".

Blogger Long Zheng picked up two filings from Microsoft for Cleartracks and Inprivate. Cleartracks would potentially delete your viewing history, and Inprivate would disable history and file caching and tell you if your viewing activities are being tracked.

Naturally, there's a perfectly innocent explanation for wanting to view content in private and to call such a feature "porn mode" is a gross simplification, according to browser experts at Mozilla.

Privacy can help if you want to research, ahem, a "medical condition" - and don't want the person you're with logging on to your machine and finding out. The same thing goes for someone trying to hide the purchase of, say, an engagement ring. Also, you might want to take precautions when sharing a PC with complete strangers in an internet cafe.

Microsoft has refused to comment on features in IE 8, beyond what it's already discussed. A second, "consumer-focused" beta is due this month. Microsoft released code targeting developers in the spring. ®

*Correction: Microsoft filed for two trademarks, not patents, as we originally wrote.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week
Rebranded OS reportedly set to be flung open by Redmond
Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
Forget touchscreen millennials, Microsoft goes for mouse crowd
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR
Apple kills 'upgrade'. Hey, Microsoft. You sure you want to be like these guys?
ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7
32-bit core packs some DSP for VIP IoT CPU LOL
Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone
Imagine that. Startup floats with voice collab app for Win iPhone
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.