Difference between IE Tracking Protection and InPrivate Filtering


  1. People get confused between InPrivate BROWSING and InPrivate FILTERING. InPrivate Filtering in IE8 is the same thing as Tracking Protection in IE9. InPrivate Filtering in IE8 had to be turned on every time IE8 was closed and re-opened but with a registry tweak, it could be made permanently on. Tracking Protection remains on once turned on.

    There are two ways in which both InPrivate Filtering and Tracking Protection build their lists. One is an automated learning way in which the browser learns over time and builds a list by observing the 3rd party servers that users kept interacting with as they browsed the web, and once a server showed up more than a set number of times, the browser would block future connections to it. Second way is by specifying a pre-defined list yourself by clicking Import in “Advanced settings” of IE8 or in case of IE9, going to the TP List page and clicking on a list. In IE8, the first way is the default and the second is optional. In IE9, the second is the default and the first still available by going to Tools menu -> Tracking Protection.

    Either way, the only difference is a name change and “Tracking Protection” is a feature MS make more prominent by marketing it and making it easier to add the list by simply clicking on it from a web page instead of importing an XML file yourself. Tracking Protection is the next incarnation of InPrivate Filtering and not a new feature. It has been renamed Tracking Protection in IE9 wherein the default behavior is to block third party domains by using pre-defined lists instead of automatically building the list based on the websites the user visited.

  2. I can’t “upgrade” to IE9 but I am not able to import that TPLs for IE9 into IE8. I’ve downloaded TPLs from a number of privders offerd on MSFT web page but I keep getting the error message that the XML or txt files are not valid when I try to import into InPrivate Filtering. Boo!!!!

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