We keep getting queries about the security of inprivate browsing. It depends on what is meant by security. In a typical case, security means the protection of the confidentiality and integrity of the information or data as well as ensuring the availability of the information when required.
It basically talks about the information access for authorized users when needed. So does the private browsing help us to achieve this? Not really or only to some extent.
Inprivate browsing / incognito browsing or the private browsing is talking about the privacy of the users browsing information. It basically does the following:
- Browsing history is not stored readable when doing the private browsing
- Temporary files are being removed on closing the private browsing window
So in short, the private browsing offered by various browsers just ensure the privacy of the user and it adds little value to protection of the data stored in the computer
So if you are looking for privacy, this can be a good mechanism to use; otherwise it may not add much value.