A few days ago researchers found that Xiaomi’s Mint browser has a backdoor functionality. The functionality sends users browsing data to remote servers hosted by Alibaba and rented by Xiaomi. The researcher claimed that the data was being recorded even if you are in incognito mode.
Now, Xiaomi has updated the Mi Browser, Mi Browser Pro, and Mint Browser with an improved ‘incognito’ mode. The new incognito mode will allow users to switch on or off ‘aggregated data collection’ which was found out by researchers last week.
Xiaomi Phones Record your Web History?
A cybersecurity researcher named ‘Gabi Cirlig’ recently found out that his Xiaomi phone has “a backdoor with phone functionality”. While talking to Forbes after discovering that “his Redmi Note 8 smartphone was watching much of what he was doing on the phone”. He said that data was being sent to remote servers hosted by Alibaba and rented by Xiaomi.
According to him, the Xiaomi browser recorded all the sites he visited, including search engine queries and all items viewed on the news feed feature on Xiaomi. The information was being recorded even if he was in incognito mode.
From Denying to Software Update
Earlier, the company said the information of data recording was incorrect and not true and said,
“We feel they have misunderstood what we communicated regarding our data privacy principles and policy.”
In an update to its blog post, Xiaomi has announced that it has updated Mi Browser and Mi Browser Pro to version 12.1.4 as well as Mint Browser to version 3.4.3. The new update brings an option to on and off the aggregated data collection in the incognito mode.
To check whether your browser has of the aggregated data collection in the incognito mode or not. To do that you have to follow these simple steps.
- Update your Mi browser to the latest version by going to the System apps updater.
- Go to Mi browser Settings.
- Click on the Incognito mode setting
- Enable Enhanced Incognito mode.
After enabling “Enhanced Incognito mode”, Xiaomi will stop collecting your browsing data.