MIT Introduces New System “Dubbed Veil” to Enhance Browsing Privacy

MIT Introduces New System “Dubbed Veil” to Enhance Browsing Privacy


Similar to Incognito mode offered by Chrome, nearly every web browser today offers private-browsing modes, which have been built to temporarily refrain from storing the browsing history of the visitors. However, the data accessed during these sessions under private browsing still end up revealing information to the computer’s memory, which can be used by a cyber-attacker.

While highlighting this vulnerability, a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have presented a paper that demonstrates a new systems called dubbed veil, which is primarily aimed at making private browsing more private. The study has been done at the Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium in association with Harvard University and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

The researchers have assured that Dubbed Veil would be able to provide added projection to people who use shared computers in offices, university computing centers, hotel business centers. Working together with the existing system of private browsing, the new system will utilize anonymity networks such as Tor, which is customized in order to offer protection against identity of a user under repressive regimes.

It was explained that today’s computer do their memory management in a complex manner, wherein the data consistently moves between different cores and caches. Dubbed Veil will solve this problem by making sure that the data that browser loads will stay within the memory in a encrypted manned before they are shown on the screen. Instead of providing a URL at the address bar, the Dubbed Veil users will have to enter the official website of Veil and start browsing from there.

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