Microsoft confirms ‘InPrivate’ IE 8

Microsoft confirms IE 8 private browsing modeWhen Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 browser makeover ships later this year, it will feature several nifty privacy features aimed at giving surfers control over their Web footprints.

One week after bloggers discovered clues that IE 8 will include a private browsing (ahem, porn mode), Microsoft used the official IE blog to discuss four new granular controls in the browser.

They include:

  • InPrivate Browsing: This lets you control whether or not IE saves your browsing history, cookies, and other data.
  • Delete Browsing History: This helps you control your browsing history after you’ve visited Web sites.
  • InPrivate Blocking: This informs you about content that is in a position to observe your browsing history, and allows you to block it.
  • InPrivate Subscriptions: This feature allow you to augment the capability of InPrivate Blocking by subscribing to lists of Web sites to block or allow.

[ SEE: Anti-malware blocker, cross-site scripting protections coming in IE 8 ]

Microsoft program manager Andy Zeigler provides all the details on the new features and my colleague Mary Jo Foley has some additional commentary.

The new beta refresh will also include support for safer Web 2.0-type mashups, DEP (data execution protection) turned on by default in Windows Vista SP 1, domain highlighting to help flag phishing attacks and changes to the way ActiveX controls are handled.

[Source: zdnet]