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How to Surf in Incognito on Chrome?

by Keren P.

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How to Surf in Incognito on Chrome?

Private browsing is a much sought after feature and is included in almost every web browser today. The basic function of any private browsing feature is that it allows for internet browsing without storing any record in the browsing history or cookies. When any webpage is visited, information is stored immediately. Apart from this, any search query is stored in the auto-completion fields and is brought up on the search bars. Browsing in a private browsing mode bypasses all of this and allows for browsing that leaves no trail on the user’s computer.

The private browsing mode in the Chrome browser is known as an incognito mode. The incognito mode, like most private browsing features, is not meant for providing complete anonymity on the internet. It is only meant for avoiding any kind of browsing data on the user's computer to be stored. There are certainly other parameters that one should think about if he/she wishes to achieve complete anonymity on the internet. Mentioned below are certain data fields that you should pay close attention to.

Private Browser

  • Activity monitoring programs- There are a number of parental control software and keyloggers that can monitor activity and record keystrokes thereby revealing online activity despite using incognito mode. Keyloggers can record every keystroke revealing websites that have been entered, passwords and other typed content.
  • IP address- The pages that are visited by users to record the IP address of the computer despite browsing in incognito mode. Any IP address tracking website can be used to track users and view their IP address history.
  • Add-ons and plugins- Certain browser add-ons and plugins do record browsing activity such as cookies despite private browsing. The adobe flash player add-on recorded cookies from websites even when users were browsing in incognito mode.

How Private browsing came to be

The first recorded history of private browsing dates back to 2005 and appeared in Safari with the Mac OS X Tiger. By 2008, the feature had exploded and every major web browser was offering private browsing features. These privacy modes allowed users to maintain clean caches which recorded no history of any browsing data. While common web browsers allow for incognito modes or private sessions tabs in the same window, certain secure browsers provide a more protected environment secured by password and encryptions.


Uses of incognito mode

There are many uses for browsing in incognito mode. One of the most common use is safe browsing in public internet connections or non-personal computers. Some of the other uses of incognito browsing are mentioned below.

  • Reducing history content and removing autofill prompts along with removing online records of personal information.
  • Incognito searches are often termed as "pure searches" as they are not influenced by the previously browsed content or cookies.
  • Removing saved passwords and login credentials along with avoiding the possibility of any saved content.
  • Logging in to personal or sensitive portals such as bank accounts.
  • Signing in to multiple accounts simultaneously on multiple tabs.
  • Testing unknown websites and preventing other users of the same machine from finding out browsing data of other users.
  • Viewing personal information on unknown computers.

Opening an incognito window on Chrome

Chrome provides an incognito option and it is extremely simple to access it. Chrome doesn't provide the incognito tab feature but rather opens up a new window where all the tabs operate under the incognito mode. To start an incognito window, the user needs to open the menu bar which is present on the top right-hand side and select the option for the incognito window. A new window immediately opens up, bearing the logo of private browsing.

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