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Privacy modes and Browsium Catalyst

Applies To

Browsium Catalyst 1.0 or later

Summary

Modern browsers include more security and privacy features than ever before. One of these new features provides the ability for users to avoid leaving ‘tracks’ on the local computer about where they have browsed and sites visited.

Internet Explorer refers to this as ‘InPrivate Browsing’, Chrome uses the moniker ‘Incognito Mode’ and Firefox calls it ‘Private Browsing’.

Problem

Browsium Catalyst redirection and management settings are not applied when users run any of the supported browsers in their respective Privacy mode.
While Browsium Catalyst neither records nor collects any user behavior or tracking information, the add-on is disabled as a default behavior in each of the supported browsers.

Solution

A core tenant of the security designs for a Privacy Browsing mode is that add-ons and toolbars are disabled by default. The reasoning for this is to prevent 3rd party components from collecting or recording any information about the user behavior, activity or data entry without the express consent of the user. The design for Internet Explorer and Chrome is require the end user to manually (and expressly) enable the desired add-ons. Firefox does not disable extensions by default for Private Browsing.

To ensure Browsium Catalyst works as expected for users running in Private and non-Private modes, simply ensure the add-on is set to enabled in the respective Privacy mode:
Internet Explorer – Open Internet Options, select the Privacy Tab and uncheck the box next to “Disable toolbars and extensions..” You then need to restart Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect:

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Chrome – Open the chrome://extensions/ page and check the box “Allow in incognito”:

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