Private browsing: An inquiry on usability and privacy protection

Xianyi Gao*, Yulong Yang, Huiqing Fu, Janne Lindqvist, Yang Wang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Private browsing is a feature in web browsers to prevent local users from gaining information about browsing sessions. However, it is not clear how well people interpret private browsing's functionalities and what are the privacy gains from using it. Towards studying people's understanding of private browsing, we conducted a survey on Amazon Mechanical Turk. Our survey results show that (1) one third of our participants were not aware of this privacy-enhancing feature, and (2) for people who knew or even used this feature, they had various misconceptions which could put them at risk. In the end, we provide design suggestions to help address these misconceptions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages97-106
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450331487
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventWorkshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society - Scottsdale, United States
Duration: 3 Nov 20143 Nov 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security
ISSN (Print)1543-7221

Workshop

WorkshopWorkshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society
Abbreviated titleWPES
CountryUnited States
CityScottsdale
Period03/11/201403/11/2014

Keywords

  • Incognito browsing
  • InPrivate browsing
  • Private browsing
  • User privacy
  • Web privacy

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