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Xiaomi Fixes Mi browser, Mi browser Pro & Mint browser to address privacy concerns

Following the privacy concerns raised by security researchers concerning the browsers' aggregate data collection, Xiaomi announced on its blog that it had updated Mi Browser and Mi Browser Pro to version 12.1.4, and Mint Browser to version 3.4.3. These updates feature an enhanced "incognito" mode that let's users to switch on or off 'aggregate data collection' which originally is disabled by default. To confirm if you have the improved incognito mode on your Mi browser, head to Settings > Incognito Mode settings in your browser. You'll see the Enhanced Incognito Mode which when enabled, allows Xiaomi to collect your browsing data, including the search queries you make through Google and other search engines. You can download the updated version of Mi browser, Mi Browser Pro and Mint Browser for your device via Google Play. For MIUI users who have a pre-installed version of the Mi Browser, they will receive an over-the-air update that can be installed manually by going to Settings > System apps updater. The concern was that xiaomi was allegedly transmitting users data and search queries to remote servers hosted by Alibaba, hence the updates. Users will now be able to prevent their data from being sent to remote servers by turning off the aggregated data collection feature. 

Incognito mode does not protect you as much as you think!

Most people think enabling private browsing works the magic when they do not want prying eyes to keep tabs on what they have been up to on the internet. Say a friend of yours or a relative came visiting and asks to use your computer for whatever reasons but you do not want them checking on your private business, what do you do? Put on incognito mode on your browsers before handing over your laptop right? Another instance here - say you have to use a public computer and know you would be typing in a lot of personal information (passwords, location details, etc) on a Web page in the browser. However, you want to avoid having your personal details or the sites you have visited saved in the browser on that computer as other people are often given access to the computer. So before anything else, you enable incognito mode in the browser you are about to surf on. That's great! Sure most people know this, but for those that do not, incognito mode means private mode. It is a feature available in most browsers that helps users hide their online activities from other users of the computer. Normally, when you browse without incognito mode, every url and info you input on Web pages you visit will be stored in the browser. Well, incognito mode does the opposite. However, till today, the concept of incognito mode is still widely misunderstood, and this is why - Due to what the mode implies, many believe all the info and details they input online are 100% safe, secure and private. If you are one of those people, well, sorry, but you need to scratch that belief. Incognito mode does not offer as much protection as you think. Sure it does a few tricks like the ones stated above - It prevents your Web browser from saving info from your browsing sessions and deletes your browsing history (in other words, it deletes cookies and caches). Now, these are what it does not do; incognito mode does not protect you from malware, hackers, and online marketers. In fact your Internet service provider, the govt and even your employer (that is if you are on your employer's WIFI) will still be able to track your online activities). So even when you delete most of the data on your Web session, it will only be erased…

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