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Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by iii, Dec 22, 2009.

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  1. iii

    iii Registered Member

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    whats the difference between normal mode and incognito mode in iron? its a privacy browser they say so whats the difference between these to modes
     
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  3. iii

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    yes but i dont think you got what i meant. I meant if iron browser is claimed to be a privacy browser then why is there a incognito mode at all? The reason behind there being a incognito mode in chrome is because of privacy issues if you used it in normal mode e.g they collect what your doing and so on but if iron is a privacy browser whats the whole point of incognito mode in iron?

    does it seem with a couple of untick's in chrome options, chrome would be exactly like iron?
     
  4. cadinfo

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    NO!

    Iron browser is a re-compile of Google Chrome with, as you correctly say, all of the 'tell Google' stuff removed at source code level. Whichever mode you use in Iron, that stuff doesn't exist at all, therefore it can never be activated.

    In Google Chrome, all that stuff is there in the code. If Google do offer options to switch it off (I don't know, I've never used Google Chrome myself), then in theory Google could switch it all back on again at any time while you are using the browser; whereas in Iron, it literally doesn't exist and therefore can never be activated by any means. That is the principal difference between Iron and Google Chrome.

    The Incognito mode in Iron, like similar 'privacy' modes in many other browsers, is entirely different. It is there to give you the option of NOT keeping LOCAL copies of things like browsing history and cookies. In other words, no-one using your computer will later be able to see which sites you visited while 'Incognito.' Some chums of mine call this 'wife mode :shifty:,' because they go Incognito to visit, er, 'gentlemen's special interest' sites, so that their wives won't know later on that they did so. ;)

    Try this:
    1. Open Iron and browse a couple of sites.
    2. Open an Incognito Iron and browse a couple of DIFFERENT sites.
    3. Close BOTH copies of Iron, then re-open a 'normal' Iron.
    4. Look at the Browsing History.

    The sites you visited in 'normal' Iron show up in the list, but the ones you visited in Incognito Iron do not. That, basically, is the difference between Incognito mode and 'normal' Iron.
     
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    You misunderstand what "incognito" mode is for. It is not for protecting you from tracking cookies, etc. It is used for the same purpose Firefox's "private browsing" mode is -- to keep your wife or boss from seeing the porn you were looking at. In other words, it is there to keep people with physical accesss to your machine from digging up your browsing history. Therefore, while you are browsing, the browser will act just like it does in normal mode, it's just when you close it nothing will be saved in your cache or other areas that can be recovered.

    Iron is nothing but Chromium packaged for Windows with a new name (Chromium is what Google uses to create Chrome). The main difference in google Chrome and Chromium is Chrome has Google's logo and tracking added as well as some features omitted. In other words, Google takes what they want from Chromium, omits some stuff, and adds some stuff.
     
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