What Do You Need To Know About the Incognito Mode of Your Web Browser?
If you really care about online privacy, it is worthwhile to know how to remove all tracks when working with public computers or those that other people use.
What is the incognito mode?
Incognito mode, also known as a private mode – is a web browser mode that guarantees user privacy when several people are using the same device or account. When in incognito mode, the web browser does not save the Internet surfing history, download history, cookies, or other identification data.
What does the statement “does not save” mean?
As you probably know, browsers remember everything you do on the Internet. They store your search queries, visited sites, watched movies, track purchases, etc. However, in incognito mode, the browser does not save such information. You can switch between the window in incognito mode and the usual browser window.
When should I use the incognito mode?
Incognito browsing additional provides privacy, so it is easy to find the arguments in its favor. Incognito mode should can be used when you wish to keep secret information related to your online activities from people who use the same PC or device.
Suppose you want to buy your girlfriend a birthday present. While using the home computer, you browse through various possible gifts. After that, you turn off the computer. Then one of your parents turns on the same computer, for example, to check Facebook or email. Unfortunately, there is a high chance that your mother or father will find out about the gift without even looking at the history of the browser, all thanks to targeted advertising.
However, if you make purchases in incognito mode, the browser will not remember the history and will not spoil the surprise. In addition, in incognito mode, you can watch favorite videos, without the risk of leaving traces behind.
What else can the incognito mode do?
In the incognito mode, browsers do not keep your Login data and other web form data, it also does not save passwords. This means that you can log in to your Facebook account on someone else’s computer, and after you close the browser (or even the tab), you are automatically logged out. Your login information will not be entered automatically when someone else opens this page next time. Therefore, there is no risk that another person will send a message on your behalf.
Moreover, even if the option of saving data entered into web forms (such as name, address, telephone number) is enabled in the browser, the incognito mode window does not save this information.
If you download files when in the incognito mode, it will not be shown in the browser history. However, all downloaded files will be available to other people who use the same computer (if you forgot to delete these files). Therefore, it is better to be careful.
With the help of several tabs in incognito mode, you can log in to multiple user accounts on the same site at the same time.
This mode blocks extensions and addons that may be useful in certain situations. For example, you want to read an article, but the page displays a message stating that programs that block ads should be disabled. After that, just open the weblink in incognito mode – and you are done.
If you want to use any extension in incognito mode, click the menu button (the icon in the form of three lines or dots in the upper right corner of the browser), select Additional Tools → Extensions and check the box – Enable use in incognito mode for this extension.
How to activate incognito mode in web browsers?
For Google Chrome you can use both the keyboard shortcut or the mouse. Using the keyboard, please press Ctrl + Shift + N. You can also click the three dots button in the upper right corner of the browser window and then select New incognito window.
If you use Mozilla Firefox, go to the main menu. Click the icon with three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the browser window and select New Private Window.
For Microsoft Edge, just open the menu by clicking the three dots in the upper right corner of the window and select New In Private Window.
In Firefox and Chrome, you can also right-click on any weblink and select Open link in incognito window.
To close this mode, just close the tab or browser.
What cannot incognito mode do?
It is nice to browse the web pages incognito. It should, however, be borne in mind that it is not omnipotent. First, it does not provide complete anonymity. It erases traces locally, but the IP address and other information get saved
If any spyware (for example, keyloggers) are installed on your computer, it can track your activity. Therefore, it is better to refrain from any illegal actions.
The incognito mode does not protect against data theft which is transmitted via the Internet. For example, using incognito mode for mobile banking or shopping does not provide more security than using a normal browser. If you are working on a public or public network, consider using a VPN extension and encrypt your connection.
Incognito mode does not completely prevent advertisers from tracking your activities. Cookies will be removed at the end of the session, but in addition to cookies, modern targeted advertising systems use many other trackers.