The privacy features available with the next version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer will appeal to users “paranoid or perverted,” Peter Bright writes on Ars Technica, but will “go some way to curtailing the power of large Internet companies to monitor how people are using the web.” Explorer 8’s InPrivate Browsing automatically deletes session history and cookies when the window is closed.
A second new feature is more unique, writes Bright. InPrivate Blocking stops sophisticated tracking of the kind employed by Google Analytics. Such referral tracking relies on code loaded from one site every time the user visits a page using Analytics. When IE8 detects that more than 10 sites have loaded a script from the same address, it considers the script a tracking tool and blocks it.