Chrome’s Incognito Window Could store Porn Viewing History Hours After Being Shut

Chrome’s Incognito Window Could store Porn Viewing History Hours After Being Shut

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If you thought that the incognito window in Chrome made your viewing of sites private and not available later – as it was proposed to not have history once the browser was closed.  Its now been found that Chrome’s incognito window shows pornographic images hours after the browser window has been closed!

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Anything that is viewed via the incognito window that shows up later in subsequent windows could compromise one’s privacy and also cause embarrassment.

Evan Andersen, an engineering student at the University of Toronto, said that he found the problem when he opened up a game of Diablo III. But what actually popped up on the screen was a pornographic site that he had been looking at hours previously, he said.

Mr Anderson claims that the problem arises because of a problem with an Nvidia chip. The chip doesn’t erase its contents when it opens up a new application, he claimed, meaning that it can leak into the other.

If the contents of that last window was a pornographic video that was apparently hidden in an old window, then that could easily pop back up when looking at something else.

And this becomes even worse when the computer is shared.

“It breaks the operating system’s user boundaries by allowing non-root users to spy on each other,” he wrote. “Additionally, it doesn’t need to be specifically exploited to harm users – it can happen purely by accident.

“Anyone using a shared computer could be exposing anything displayed on their screen to other users of the computer.”

Strangely the researcher said that this bug was communicated to Google 2 years back and its still not fixed.

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