Internet Explorer Emulator IE8
Windows Internet Explorer 8 (abbreviated IE8) is Microsoft’s newly launched web browser in the very old browser series of Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 8 was released on 19 March, 2009 for Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. There are two builds available – 32-bit and 64-bit. This browser was launched as the successor to IE 7 released back in 2006 and is the default browser for Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 R2 operating systems excluding Europe. About 20-22% is IE8’s estimated global market share.
Microsoft set priorities like ease of use, security, Ajax support, Cascading Style Sheets and improvements in RSS for developing Internet Explorer 8.
Microsoft has described this feature as a tool which can suggest websites in which browser sends information over a secure connection to Microsoft. This connection saves the information and a uniquely generated identifier, per-session for a short period of time. This feature Suggested Sites is not turned on by default and also disabled when the user is visiting SSL-secured IP address, intranet or IDN address sites or browsing with InPrivate enabled. Possibly, a little bit of personally-identifiable information like the user’s IP address and information regarding browser is also sent to Microsoft as a part of the HTTPS protocol. But Microsoft does not store this information.
Microsoft defended this functionality after Gregg Keizer of itworld.com reported it as a feature like ‘phone home’.
Internet Explorer 8 in InPrivate mode
A new security mode called as InPrivate feature first came with IE8 and two main features were there: InPrivate Filtering and InPrivate Browsing. InPrivate Browsing was described as a "porn mode" in various news outlets like similar modes of privacy protection in Safari, Google Chrome and Firefox 3.5. InformationWeek described it as a "'Stealth' Privacy Mode".
Internet Explorer 8’s InPrivate Browsing can help in preventing the user’s browsing history, form data, cookies, temporary Internet files, usernames and passwords from being saved by the browser and thus there is no easily accessible proof of search or browsing history. InPrivate Filtering gives a greater degree of choice and control to the users about the information which can be used by third party websites to trace the browsing activities. InPrivate Subscriptions provides you the flexibility to increase the capability of InPrivate Blocking as the user can subscribe to lists of websites to allow or block.
There are many ways with other private browsing modes by which one can recover the information about a browsing session.