Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th May 2009 03:57 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption The Safari 4 beta is having a little bit of trouble cleaning up after itself, as has been revealed by C. Harwic on his blog. Safari 4 is still in beta, so it's easy to forgive the browser for this rather sloppy housekeeping, which left gigabytes (!) of browsing data in weird places all over your filesystem, even after cleaning the caches or history. Still, this does raise a few questions.
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It's a bug
by sakeniwefu on Tue 26th May 2009 05:10 UTC
sakeniwefu
Member since:
2008-02-26

It's nothing more than an annoying bug in beta software, it could have formatted your HD, cheer up.

Privacy is not an issue, because (hopefully) not even other unprivileged users in your machine can access your cache even if it is in their home directory.

If they (or the hackers and malware) can, you should answer this, it is easier for them to infringe on your privacy by analyzing garbage left by Safari, or read the password file from your profile and know all your passwords and urls to your banking accounts?

At least for Firefox, reading the plain-text passwords from the passwords file is trivial and any kid that can move files around could do it(as long as you don't use a master password).

Google, the government, and your employers(the usual suspects for paranoids) do not have access to your HD yet, so no privacy violations from them either.

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RE: It's a bug
by Cymro on Thu 28th May 2009 21:35 in reply to "It's a bug"
Cymro Member since:
2005-07-07

Indeed - iTunes 2 deleted your hard disk if the name started with a space!

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