[clug] Private Browsing?

Eyal Lebedinsky eyal at eyal.emu.id.au
Mon Jun 24 01:37:16 UTC 2019

On 24/06/2019 10.16, Bob Edwards via linux wrote:
> On 24/6/19 9:21 am, Eyal Lebedinsky via linux wrote:
>> Something I notice when using firefox (FF) is that some sites remember me or my history,
>> and FF seems to be aiding this. I want to understand what is going on.
>> For example, I go to ebay, browse some items, and a panel shows "Your Recently Viewed Items".
>> I close that tab and open one again and it still remembers this (never logged in). OK.
>> I now start ff, then add a Private Browsing (PB) window and open ebay, browse items in a few tabs,
>> close the ebay tabs (PB window left open) and clear data and history (via preferences, showing zero
>> cookies, data and cache).
>>   -> A new ebay tab still shows the history.
>> I now close the PB window (FF still running) and open a new PB window.
>>   -> A new ebay tab does not show the history.
>> It seems that what I do with FF allows the site to remember or forget my browsing, regardless of
>> clearing history/data. What else can I clear?
>> My question is: where/how is this history kept?
>> TIA
> Hi Eyal,
> There are lots of ways the sites have of tracking you, cookies or not.
> TOR browser goes a long way towards protecting your privacy, but even
> it has subtle issues that can be used to track you (usually social-
> engineering related).

I am well aware of this ever growing list of fingerprinting methods.
I am looking here at what FF does locally.

> The EFF site: https://panopticlick.eff.org sheds some light on all this.
> cheers,
> Bob Edwards.

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