Even without wearing my tinfoil hat and ducking the black helicopters, online privacy does matter to me. As someone who lives with a roommate and shares office space, do I really want just anyone who walks up to my computer to hit the back button and see where I’ve just been?
It’s most likely innocent, but do I want a co-worker to know I’m considering a new job? Or a roommate to know I might think about moving from Maine? (After all I think this every winter – why get her nervous this year?)
It’s not that I’m trying to “hide something,” but shouldn’t I decide what to share? What I search for, look at, and think about is my business.
Sure, I could clear history after the fact, or turn on private browsing up front, but then I lose my record of places I’ve been and might want to return to. I want the best of both worlds. Privacy with rich history. Seems reasonable doesn’t it?