Parents who rely on browser history to keep an eye on kids' Web-surfing habits might want to know that stealth browsing is getting easier – at least for Windows PC families. Internet Explorer 8, now available in beta, "lets users surf without having a list of sites they visit get stored on their computers," CNN reports. "The program also covers other footprints, including temporary Internet files and cookies, the small data files that Web sites put on visitors' computers to track their activities." USATODAY says "anonymous Web browsing … may be the most attention-grabbing feature in the new Beta 2 release" of Explorer 8. The good news for parents using the light, browser-history form of monitoring is that, when Windows Vista "parental controls are activated, InPrivate Browsing is disabled," Microsoft says on its corporate page about this new browser feature.
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