Internet Explorer 8 to pile on privacy features

— 11:31 AM on August 26, 2008

Other browsers have outdone Internet Explorer on the privacy and security stages for years, but Microsoft is trying hard to turn over a new leaf. With the next version of IE, Microsoft will bring several new features to give users more control over how the browser—and sites on the web—keep track of their Google image searches for "Tricia Helfer" browsing habits. Here are the features as described in the official IE blog:

  • InPrivate™ Browsing lets you control whether or not IE saves your browsing history, cookies, and other data
  • Delete Browsing History helps you control your browsing history after you’ve visited websites.
  • InPrivate™ Blocking informs you about content that is in a position to observe your browsing history, and allows you to block it
  • InPrivate Subscriptions allow you to augment the capability of InPrivate Blocking by subscribing to lists of websites to block or allow.
  • When users enable the InPrivate browsing mode, IE8 will slap an indicator on the side of the address bar like so:

    InPrivate in action. Source: the official IE blog.

    Apple's Safari also features a private browsing mode, while the "Delete Browsing History" feature sounds more like Mozilla Firefox's "Clear Private Data" function. You'll be able to see for yourself how IE8's new tools compare with the competition's soon. In the blog post, Microsoft Program Manager Andy Zeigler says the next IE8 beta is due "within the next few days."

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