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Web Browser saves images onto my drive [Security Issue!]


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#1 itsbunsy

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:27 AM

Hey Geeks! I've got this BIG security issue. So here is what's happening.

 

So apparently Firefox (so does Opera) caches the images I come upon on. They icons, full web screen shots and thumbnails that are saved on my drive. I don't find them in folders.

 

When I use Piriform Recuva file recovery software to view all "deleted" things from the Recycle Bin I find images that have been saved.

 

Here I am showing you a picture of files being recovered. I've also selected one of the recovered images, which appears to be a screen shot of a page I've visited on FireFox,

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Does anyone have any idea how to fix this critical security issue?



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 12:21 AM

Hey Geeks! I've got this BIG security issue. So here is what's happening.
 
So apparently Firefox (so does Opera) caches the images I come upon on. They icons, full web screen shots and thumbnails that are saved on my drive. I don't find them in folders.
 
When I use Piriform Recuva file recovery software to view all "deleted" things from the Recycle Bin I find images that have been saved.
 
Here I am showing you a picture of files being recovered. I've also selected one of the recovered images, which appears to be a screen shot of a page I've visited on FireFox,
oB2o9iA.png
 
Does anyone have any idea how to fix this critical security issue?


Every browser will do this. When you visit a webpage, the pages images, etc will downloaded to your computer (and hard drive) so that you can view the page. These files will be cached for a period of time and then deleted.

I don't know of any good way around this. It is possible that "private" browsing modes that most browsers offer might minimize or eliminate this.

I did find this:

http://www.groovypost.com/howto/security/securely-wipe-delete-files-and-cache-history-using-ccleaner/

So, you might be able to use CCleaner to securely wipe browser related files.




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