I am curious about the true efficacy of the browser private mode.
I did a bit of googling and stumbled upon the following page.
Apparently someone with the Internet Evidence tool can scan my machine for traces of web browsing. It talks about something like
...fewer artifacts ever hitting the disk and ultimately going into unallocated space. and
However, what Chrome’s incognito mode cannot control, just like Internet Explorer’s “InPrivate” mode, is what ends up in RAM and the pagefile.sys file (virtual RAM).
I don't know a lot about this security stuff. So I list my questions in below.
Does this mean that even in incognito mode Chrome will still have left traces like images, links of my browsing session on my machine?
If they talk about something about the RAM (in the link above) does that mean that the traces will be gone eventually, i.e. the traces are just transient?
I would also like to know if anyone with full access to my machine can obtain traces of my browsing history in the following situations.
- Right after I have quitted the private session.
- Right after (1) and rebooting my machine.
- With (3) done and after using the machine for a certain period of time (like a few weeks).
- With Chrome uninstalled.