YOU might think you’re keeping your browsing hidden with the Incognito Mode, but is it really as safe as you thought?
Here’s a helpful guide that reveals exactly what Incognito Mode does and more importantly, doesn’t hide.
Incognito Mode is a feature that lets you hide your browsing habits from your online history
What Is Incognito Mode And How Do I Activate It?
If you use the Google Chrome web browser, you may have heard about Incognito Mode.
It’s a feature that’s built into browser, no matter if you’re using it on PC, Mac or your smartphone. Most notable browsers with the Incognito Mode feature are Google Chrome, Firefox, Ucweb and Opera browser.
Incognito Mode is designed to (partially) conceal your internet activity, and the websites you visit.
To Use It On Google Chrome Browser For Example
You’ll need Google Chrome installed.
On PC, simply press CTRL-SHIFT-N on your keyboard to launch it.
Some users utilise Incognito Mode to watch adult videos but your internet provider can still see what you’re doing.
For Mac users, you’ll need to hit CMD-SHIFT-N instead.
And iPhone users need to go into the Chrome app settings and choose Open Incognito Tab.
What Does Incognito Mode Do?
Incognito Mode is extremely useful, because it can stop your browser saving information about what you do online to your computer.
For instance, any websites you visit while in Incognito Mode won’t show up in your browsing history.
You also won’t store any new cookies, which are small computer files that let websites know if you’ve been on their page previously.
It also won’t save any site data for instance, if you’re logged into a website, you’ll be logged out in incognito mode.
And information won’t be stored for later use in web forms that you fill in.
This makes Incognito Mode really useful, particularly if you’re trying to hide what you’re doing from other people in your household.
If you’re looking for a birthday present for your partner, using Incognito Mode will mean they won’t be able to see what you’ve been looking at.
Or if you want to search for something on the internet, but don’t want websites to constantly serve you ads for that product in the future, Incognito Mode will prevent those sites from knowing you were interested in an item.
What Doesn’t Incognito Mode Hide?
We’ve established that Incognito Mode stops Google Chrome from saving your browsing habits on your own computer.
What it doesn’t stop is everything else.
Anyone on your Wi-Fi network could potentially use special spy software to view what you’re browsing, regardless of Incognito Mode.
And your employer will be able to use similar technology to see what you’re browsing at work, too.
It’s entirely possible that your employer logs every website you visit while at work.
Your internet service provider will also be able to see what you’re doing online.
That means the police can also get access to what you view in Incognito Mode, simply by requesting that information from your internet provider.
The websites you’re using will also be able to track that you’re online on their page, too.
For instance, Google will know where you’re browsing from, and what you’re looking at.
And if you log into a website, they’ll also be able to keep track of information about you.
So when you log into Facebook in Incognito Mode, details about what you do on the site will be recorded just the same as if you were using it in a normal web browser.
The key point is that Incognito Mode is not a great method of ensuring privacy, because it’s still very easy to track what you’re doing online.
It’s only really useful for keeping websites out of your browsing history, or logging into a single website on multiple accounts in the same web browser.
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