Surf in Style
This one wouldn’t have helped Judge Kozinski because he actually hosted adult content on his server when he could have just visited millions others. But when we asked our computer tech from HyperNerd how we could check out porn without getting caught, he gave us this sage-like advice:
First, designate a separate Internet browser exclusively for all of your illicit queries. Use it only for your down-low penchants. Don’t leave a shortcut for that browser on your toolbar or desktop because anyone who uses your computer will be just a click away from your porn stash.
Second, make sure you disable the cookies on your “adult” browser. You should also regularly clear the cache and operate the browser in its “privacy” mode. If you use Chrome, our tech’s favorite choice, you’re looking for something called “Incognito Mode.” In Safari, it’s “Private Browsing” mode. It prevents any information from being written to the cache, download manager, history manager, or login manager. It will also clear all cookies and will not prompt you to save any passwords during your session. Explorer, Firefox and Opera all have similar porn-friendly modes.
Our tech guy also pointed out that if you use Microsoft’s new search engine, Bing video, with the “Safe Search” filter off, you’re one errant mouse move away from finding your perversions without visiting a single objectionable site. Why? Well, unlike other search engines, Bing’s video results autoplay when you mouse over them. (Suppose a good lawyer would question the possible copyright snags this presents, but that’s not the point.)
Cases in Point:
- “Officer accused of viewing porn at work” [Wane.com]
- “Strong Dissent in Porn-Related Computer Search Case” [Law.com]
- “Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 to Include So-Called ‘Porn Mode’ Privacy Feature” [Fox News]
- “Microsoft Bing Porn Content Gets Its Own NSFW Domain” [Gizmodo]