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# 201628 27-Aug-2016 09:36
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Occasionally it's handy to use Internet Explorer on a PC, when a site refuses to work correctly with anything other browser.

Perhaps your PC may be "locked down" with no administrator rights, or your domain is running an application white list.

Lastly some NZ on-line banks refuses to use anything but Internet Explorer.

"InPrivate" disables saving cookies, history, add-ons, and changes to the registry.

So a handy way to get "InPrivate" working is use this keyboard shortcut:

"Ctrl" "Shift" "P" will start a new "InPrivate" Window.


I'm sure someone will be quick to point out that running a "InPrivate" or a Sandbox doesn't stop your ISP and any interested government from recording your Internet history.

But it'll stop your spouse from seeing your web cruising (unless he/she uses a keyboard sniffer, or turned on local logging at your firewall)

If you have administration rights on your PC, create a shortcut as follows, and use it instead

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -private

There's also programs that create a sandbox around Internet Explorer.

For Enterprises, this group policy will disable InPrivate

User Configuration ... Administrative Templates ... Windows Components ... Internet Explorer ... InPrivate ... Turn off InPrivate Browsing

You may have discovered that Google and Hotmail seem to remember your credentials even when used
"Internet Options"
and chose everything

From NirSoft "Recover lost Internet passwords" utility

Internet Explorer stores the passwords in different locations, depending on the version of IE, and the type of the password:

* Protected Storage: The 'Protected Storage' is a special secret location in the Registry that was used to store all the passwords of Internet Explorer in versions 4.0 - 6.0 The Registry location of the Protected Storage was HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider. Starting from version 7.0 of Internet Explorer, the Protected Storage is no longer used for storing passwords.

* Registry (Storage2 Key): Starting from version 7.0 of IE, all AutoComplete passwords are stored in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\Storage2 Registry key. The passwords are encrypted with a key created from the Web site address, so it's not possible to get the password without knowing the Web site address.

*Credentials File: Starting from version 7.0 of IE, HTTP authentication passwords are saved in the Credentials file of Windows, together with other network/login passwords. The Credentials file is located in the following locationsWindows XP/2003: Windows Profile\Application Data\Microsoft\Credentials\User SID\Credentials and Windows Profile\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Credentials\User SID\Credentials
Windows Vista: Windows Profile\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Credentials\Random ID and Windows Profile\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Credentials\Random ID

If you want to "cover your bases" even further, you may consider using these two options

* the TOR network (Google "TOR")

* paying to use a VPN service (Google "VPN anonymous")

I'm not going to discuss the implications of using either of these options.

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  # 1618250 27-Aug-2016 09:50
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I don't know of any NZ banks that require Internet Explorer. And yes, you're right "Private" or "Incognito" doesn't protect the data in transit, it only prevents local data being kept after the session is finished.


If you worry about someone looking at your browsing habits, use a PC that's not shared with anyone else. Make sure there's no other admin accounts on that PC, don't share accounts.



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  # 1618251 27-Aug-2016 10:01
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If you worry about someone looking at your browsing habits, use a PC that's not shared with anyone else. Make sure there's no other admin accounts on that PC, don't share accounts.

Good tips.


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  # 1618260 27-Aug-2016 10:23
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You can also stick with a decent browser and just spoof the user agent string. 





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  # 1618263 27-Aug-2016 10:28
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Ok, I read the OP again and seriously can't understand the point.


At one point the OP wants more privacy, at another gives instructions to disable InPrivate Browsing. 


At the end of the day it's not about the browser - it's about your habits, the setup (as I mentioned in previous reply), your network, services being used, etc. You always leave an electronic footprint, like it or not.

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  # 1618279 27-Aug-2016 11:42
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Obviously it's a constant struggle for people wanting privacy, and organization that don't want people wasting time at work, or doing something illegal.

So for the person wanting privacy, I'd guess it's more or less along these lines, starting with least private

1. Do nothing / uncontrolled or shared access

2. Moderate Internet encryption (https) and "Delete history" features

3. More aggressively stop local storage (IE InPrivate, Sandbox, FF Tracking protection, Chrome Incognito, ...), possibly with some form of full disk encryption

4. A subscription to an anonymous VPN

5. TOR on a public free WiFi spot

On the opposite side, the White Hats, an Enterprise should try to prevent this

* lots and lots of Internet tracking, logging, blocking

* instant archival of all emails and instant messaging

* Windows group policies to turn off privacy features

* disable admin access and create a few privilege accounts

* make sharing accounts or passwords a serious HR offense, potentially sackable

* no anonymous Wireless devices

* application white lists

I'm sure I'm missing features from both sides.

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