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Microsoft wants you to take privacy seriously (by using IE 10)

The software behemoth's new campaign wants you to take care of your online privacy, preferably by using its products a bit more.

By April 22, 2013


Force your browser to always start in private mode

Google goes "Incognito," Microsoft's is "InPrivate," the other browsers call it "Private Mode," and colloquially it's known as "porn mode." Whatever you call the tracks-free way to browse, watch this trick to force your favorite browser to always start with its privacy protocols activated.

By May 7, 2010


New Firefox expands 'porn-mode' abilities

A spate of small but important improvements to Firefox on desktops and Android gives you fine-tuning in "private browsing" mode, a new download manager, and multiple changes under the hood.

By April 2, 2013


IE 8 to include private browsing feature

The next version of Explorer will allow you to control whether the browser automatically saves your browsing history, cookies, and other data.

By August 25, 2008


Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 is the best update yet, thanks to its revamped design and modern features, but it lags behind iOS and Android.

April 14, 2014

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Report: In IE8, Web ads won out over privacy

Some within Microsoft wanted to design IE8 with greater privacy controls, but that effort lost out to the interests of online advertisers, the Journal reports.

By August 2, 2010


Browser security features compared

The newest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and other browsers all protect against phishing and malware attacks, and most also let you browse anonymously, though they implement these features in very different ways.

By November 20, 2009


How to browse sensitive subjects without being tracked

Doing some Web searches you want to keep extra private? Try private browsing, Do Not Track, and other tools.

By June 20, 2012


Add 'do not track' to Firefox, IE, Google Chrome

The three most popular browsers let you search and surf the Web without online ad networks and other trackers monitoring you--if you have the right privacy settings and add-ons.

By December 7, 2010


IE10 in Windows 8: Metro style vs. desktop style

Windows 8 packages Internet Explorer 10 in two different flavors--Metro and desktop, each with their own pros and cons. Which one is better, and how can you manage both?

By March 28, 2012