Okay, I’m Convinced: A Believable Non-Porn Use for “Porn Mode”

by Joey deVilla on May 10, 2009

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

I’ve always laughed at how the guys on the Internet Explorer 8 team bent over backwards trying to come up with non-porn-surfing uses for “InPrivate Browsing”, which I often refer to as “Porn Mode”. Somehow the examples they use, however practical and legitimate they are, fail to convince:

  • “I want to buy a present for my wife from an online store and want to keep it a surprise.”
  • “I want to check my account balance from an internet cafe while I’m on holiday.”

But this Post Secret postcard shows a believable use case for “Porn Mode” on browsers: 

"Post Secret" postcard made of the Google home page, showing a search for "signs of teen autism": "The least you could have done is erase the history. Now I know what you really think of me, Dad."

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Cartophiliac May 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Yes, I saw that one on PS when it was first posted. My favorite response to that one is “Thanks Dad, for caring enough to try and find out what’s going on with me.”

Joey deVilla May 10, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Cartophiliac: I must say, that was a good response.

Erik Nelson May 12, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Another legitimate use for separate browser histories etc:

My browser remembers all my logins for stuff. I want it to be safe to let someone use my computer and not accidentally be all over my stuff or maliciously steal my logins.

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