Privacy Please is an ongoing series exploring the ways privacy is violated in the modern world, and what can be done about it.
Your dumb privacy tricks aren’t working. They still know what kind of porn you’re watching.
So concludes a not-so-surprising study, which determined that online pornography sites are loaded with various trackers that leak private details about their users to third parties. And no, the study authors take pains to insist, Google’s Incognito mode won’t keep your secrets.
This latter point highlights broad confusion among the general public about what the Google Chrome feature actually does. Many people believe it renders their online browsing private, when in reality it just prevents Chrome from “[saving] your browsing history, cookies and site data, or information entered in forms.”
Importantly, Google warns users, when using Incognito mode “[your] activity isn’t hidden from websites you visit, your employer or school, or your internet service provider.”
Which brings us back to porn. The study, conducted by researchers hailing from Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pennsylvania, found a significant majority of pornography websites — 93 percent of the 22,484 analyzed — “leak user data to a third party.”
And it gets worse. “Our content analysis of the sample’s domains indicated 44.97% of them expose or suggest a specific gender/sexual identity or interest likely to be linked to the user,” continues the study.
In other words, your specific — and perhaps extremely private kinks — stand a pretty good chance of becoming not so private.
To illustrate this, the study authors lay out what for many is an all too familiar scenario.
“The websites [hypothetical porn consumer ‘Jack’] visits, as well as any third-party trackers, may observe and record his online actions,” explains the paper. “These third-parties may even infer Jack’s sexual interests from the URLs of the sites he accesses. They might also use what they have decided about these interests for marketing or building a consumer profile.”
Once companies have said profile on this unsuspecting porn consumer, continues the study, they “may even sell the data.”
This is problematic for all kinds of reasons, in addition to the skeevy factor alone. If your porn consumption reveals sexual preferences that are banned or outright illegal in repressive countries, this sort of tracking could literally threaten your physical safety.
Thankfully, there is a way to watch porn anonymously online. It’s called Tor, and if it’s not your best friend already, that should change today. Tor is an incredibly easy to use free service that keeps your identity private while browsing online.
There’s even a Firefox-based Tor browser, which means the only real technical skills you need to browse privately are the ability to download (and update) a browser.
Oh, but there is one tiny catch: you can’t go full-screen any more. That’s right, it’s only the default window-size setting for your porn viewing from now on. This small tradeoff is made necessary because of a type of tracking, known as browser fingerprinting, that uses a computer’s unique hardware and software settings to essentially fingerprint unique devices. Maximizing a browser window, which reveals some display features, helps in that process.
So there you have it: ditch the worthless Incognito mode, use Tor, and browse all that glorious internet porn to your heart’s content. Hey, you can even use Tor for things other than viewing porn — after all, privacy is sexy.
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Wondering if you should avoid Incognito mode when using a VPN?
No worries, we’ve got you covered. Here’s exactly how Incognito and VPNs work together and how they sort of (only sort of!) do the same thing!
Let’s get straight to the point.
Do VPNs Work with Incognito?
VPNs work with Incognito mode on all browsers. All your traffic is routed around the VPN server when you’re connected. The VPN encryption and no-logging policy will give you full privacy even without Incognito mode.
But, there’s much more to say about this. Actually you need to read on if you think you’re anywhere safe when you’re using incognito mode on your browser. Any browser.
Incognito mode is something that often gives people a false sense of security that’s not really accounted for!
Let’s get started!
Which is Safer: VPN or Incognito?
It’s understandable enough that people wonder about this. But when you think about it it makes sense that a VPN is much more secure and safe to use. Regardless of what your concerns are.
But the reality is that you’re not really protected against anything else than the browser itself when using incognito mode. You definitely need a VPN in order to add that layer of protection on your device.
Let’s take a closer look at what exactly this means. First and foremost you need to know that the ISP is logging your information when using Incognito. It’s only with a VPN you can get around that.
- ISP logging:
This is your Internet Service Provider. Meaning, that whomever you pay for using the internet will be able to track where you go and what you do.
- Browser history:
When you use Incognito you make sure the computer you’re currently using is not storing any information about what you do and which pages you visit. But your employer will still be able to see what you’re doing (just like your Internet Service Provider.
Websites you visit with Incognito mode turned on will typically not be able to track you with cookies. Unless you’re logged in. This means that sites like Facebook will still know exactly who you are because you tell them as soon as you enter your login details.
- Shows your IP?
No matter where you go with Incognito mode you will still be laying out breadcrumbs in the form of your IP address. The IP address is your personal identification string online and it traces all your steps back to you. You need a VPN in order to get rid of these tracks. Incognito mode will not hide your IP from anyone.
- Can It unblock sites?
When you want to access websites that are restricted geographically you will need to use a VPN server from a country that is whitelisted with the website. More and more U.S. based websites are blocking out visitors from the EU due to the strict data protection laws.
That means that you cannot access the website unless you’re coming from a VPN server within the country. There’s nothing incognito mode can do for you here to help you get access.
So, as you can see, you’re MUCH better protected with a VPN connection than with incognito mode.
My VPN Browser Extension Doesn’t Work In Incognito
This sometimes happens after a Chrome update. The best thing is probably to let your VPN provider know about this on the chat support, or you can just wait till they find out themselves and fix the thing.
Until then, you can just use your computer without Incognito.
Here’s also a solution that might work that we found on Reddit:
- Open Google Chrome
- Go to chrome://flags/
- Search for “Enable network service”
- Click “Disable” for “Enable network service” there
- Relaunch your browser
Now you might be able to use your VPN again on Incognito mode.
You’re not really adding any protection to your VPN by using your browser with Incognito mode anyway. Just read on to find out why.
Do Incognito Mode Add Extra Safety to VPNs?
The thing with Incognito mode is that it doesn’t hide your traffic and whereabouts from your Internet Service Provider (or your boss, for that matter).
Your VPN, on the other hand, will do just all of that.
A VPN provider will help you cover your tracks by a list of methods:
- All your data is encrypted
All your data is transported through what’s called a “tunnel”. Your requests will be sent through the VPNs servers before they are routed out on the internet to grab the website, information, videos, etc. that you’re looking for. Now all of that is routed back to you without telling anyone where you came from or where that data is being presented (sent).
- Your IP is hidden
You get assigned a new IP when your traffic is sent through the VPN provider. This is very different from what’s happening on Incognito.
- No Logging
Now, here we need to be careful. This is NOT true for all VPNs. It seems that not all VPNs are born equally, or at least managed equally well. But as long as you stick to one of the bigger VPN providers we recommend you’re good to go. They will definitely not log your data like the free VPN providers will often do.
All of this is not possible with Incognito mode.
Turning on Incognito mode does not really do anything to protect you in these ways.
Google Chrome is also very upfront about this. This is the screen you are presented with when you open the Chrome Browser in Incognito mode:
So, why use Incognito at all?
Incognito is great when you want to make sure that the browser you’re using isn’t tracking your whereabouts. But that’s about it.
(also known as raising the price for some people).
Can Google Track My Activity When Using Incognito + VPN?
Google is always tracking you on Chrome. Even in Incognito mode. The ones you fooling with Incognito are only the websites you visit. Even your ISP (Internet Service Provider) can track your whereabouts on Incognito.
What you will get with incognito is protection from cookies and tracking. Websites won’t be able to target you with marketing campaigns based on which pages you’ve visited on the web. Not with incognito mode.
So, what about when I add the VPN into the equation?
Now things get more complicated (in a very good way) for the ISP – but probably not for Google. They still know what you are doing. Especially if you’re logged into your Chrome Browser.
If you’re at all concerned with internet privacy and protection against the logging of personal data and whereabouts, you should always avoid logging into any browser!
Let’s just hope they won’t be evil – like they promised.
(Google’s slogan is “Don’t Be Evil”)
Technically, private browsing online does give you a clean slate, but Google’s Incognito and Microsoft’s InPrivate mode aren’t protective shields.
M any people look for more privacy when they browse the web by using their browsers in privacy-protecting modes, called “Private Browsing” in Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Apple Safari; “Incognito” in Google Chrome; and “InPrivate” in Microsoft Edge.
These private browsing tools sound reassuring, and they’re popular. According to a 2017 survey, nearly half of American internet users have tried a private browsing mode, and most who have tried it use it regularly.
However, our research has found that many people who use private browsing have misconceptions about what protection they’re gaining. A common misconception is that these browser modes allow you to browse the web anonymously, surfing the web without websites identifying you and without your internet service provider or your employer knowing what websites you visit. The tools actually provide much more limited protections.
Other studies conducted by the Pew Research Center and the privacy-protective search engine company DuckDuckGo have similar findings. In fact, a recent lawsuit against Google alleges that internet users are not getting the privacy protection they expect when using Chrome’s Incognito mode.
How it works
While the exact implementation varies from browser to browser, what private browsing modes have in common is that once you close your private browsing window, your browser no longer stores the websites you visited, cookies, user names, passwords and information from forms you filled out during that private browsing session.
Essentially, each time you open a new private browsing window you are given a “clean slate” in the form of a brand new browser window that has not stored any browsing history or cookies. When you close your private browsing window, the slate is wiped clean again and the browsing history and cookies from that private browsing session are deleted. However, if you bookmark a site or download a file while using private browsing mode, the bookmarks and file will remain on your system.
Although some browsers, including Safari and Firefox, offer some additional protection against web trackers, private browsing mode does not guarantee that your web activities cannot be linked back to you or your device. Notably, private browsing mode does not prevent websites from learning your internet address, and it does not prevent your employer, school or internet service provider from seeing your web activities by tracking your IP address.
Reasons to use it
We conducted a research study in which we identified reasons people use private browsing mode. Most study participants wanted to protect their browsing activities or personal data from other users of their devices. Private browsing is actually pretty effective for this purpose.
We found that people often used private browsing to visit websites or conduct searches that they did not want other users of their device to see, such as those that might be embarrassing or related to a surprise gift. In addition, private browsing is an easy way to log out of websites when borrowing someone else’s device – so long as you remember to close the window when you are done.
Private browsing provides some protection against cookie-based tracking. Since cookies from your private browsing session are not stored after you close your private browsing window, it’s less likely that you will see online advertising in the future related to the websites you visit while using private browsing.
Additionally, as long as you have not logged into your Google account, any searches you make will not appear in your Google account history and will not affect future Google search results. Similarly, if you watch a video on YouTube or other service in private browsing, as long as you are not logged into that service, your activity does not affect the recommendations you get in normal browsing mode.
What it doesn’t do
Private browsing does not make you anonymous online. Anyone who can see your internet traffic – your school or employer, your internet service provider, government agencies, people snooping on your public wireless connection – can see your browsing activity. Shielding that activity requires more sophisticated tools that use encryption, like virtual private networks.
Private browsing also offers few security protections. In particular, it does not prevent you from downloading a virus or malware to your device. Additionally, private browsing does not offer any additional protection for the transmission of your credit card or other personal information to a website when you fill out an online form.
It is also important to note that the longer you leave your private browsing window open, the more browsing data and cookies it accumulates, reducing your privacy protection. Therefore, you should get in the habit of closing your private browsing window frequently to wipe your slate clean.
What’s in a name
It is not all that surprising that people have misconceptions about how private browsing mode works; the word “private” suggests a lot more protection than these modes actually provide.
Furthermore, a 2018 research study found that the disclosures shown on the landing pages of private browsing windows do little to dispel misconceptions that people have about these modes. Chrome provides more information about what is and is not protected than most of the other browsers, and Mozilla now links to an informational page on the common myths related to private browsing.
However, it may be difficult to dispel all of these myths without changing the name of the browsing mode and making it clear that private browsing stops your browser from keeping a record of your browsing activity, but it isn’t a comprehensive privacy shield.
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.
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Chrome’s privacy-focused Incognito Mode is more private than ever before . but not for everyone. Google is testing an experimental new feature with iPhone owners that’s designed to keep a tighter lid on their internet history. When enabled, Chrome will require authentication with Face ID facial recognition before it allows you to move into Incognito Mode.
So, even if you lend your iPhone to a friend, there’s no chance they’ll be able to jump into your latest Incognito Mode browsing session. Or start one of their own, for that matter.
You’ll only need to verify your identity with Face ID the first time that you launch a new Incognito Mode tab. Google will let you continue to open more links and tabs without the need for another Face ID scan until you close the Chrome app on your iPhone. That will restart the process.
For those who don’t know, Incognito Mode stops your activity showing up in the web history menu or predictive search feature on Google, which suggests previous queries to speed-up repeat searches. While Incognito Mode is great when it comes to shopping for surprise Birthday gifts on a shared device, it doesn’t hide your activity from your internet supplier, the company that makes your Wi-Fi router, or any of the websites you’re visiting. So don’t think of it as some kind of invisibility cloak.
An example of the experimental feature, which is only available for iPhone users now (Image: GOOGLE • BLEEPING COMPUTER )
On shared gadgets, like an iPad, the ability to lock down your secretive shopping basket in Incognito Mode with a Face ID scan could be hugely helpful. And save a number of families from spoiled surprises.
The feature is still being tested right now, so won’t be available on your iPhone or iPad by default. However, it’s pretty simple to enable the experimental new privacy feature, if you fancy giving it a try. To do that, launch Google Chrome on your device and type chrome://flags into the address bar and hit go. When that loads, hunt for the heading marked “Device Authentication for Incognito” and enable it. That adds the experimental feature to your browser.
To turn it on, you’ll need to close Google Chrome and launch the app again. After that’s done, head to the main settings menu, then tap Privacy and enable the toggle marked “Lock Incognito Tabs When You Close Chrome”.
And that’s it. You’re done.
Since this is an experimental feature, it’s unclear whether Google plans to bring it Chrome users worldwide anytime soon. Also, there’s no sign of an equivalent on Android just yet, so if that’s your poison, you’ll need to keep a closer eye on your Incognito Mode browsing.
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Do you ever wonder how much information your ISP gathers from your browsing habits? Worse yet, how much of it could be sold to advertisers?
These are the tough things we have to deal with in today’s always-connected world. The sad thing is, there really is no legislation to protect how ISPs can use your intercepted personal data as it passes through the systems.
So what are your options if you’d like to be online and not feel as though your ISP is constantly tracking your every move? Using best practices when it comes to security, your personal data and browsing habits can help prevent others from intercepting your browsing history.
What does my ISP know about my browsing history?
It’s important to remember, ISPs record everything you browse and download to your internet-enabled devices. ISPs track and record data through your IP address, port numbers and DNS address.
ISPs analyze this data to see websites you frequent, who you converse with and any downloads you performed. While actually discovering what you’ve downloaded or browsed requires a little extra effort on their end, it can be done. ISPs use something called deep packet inspection (DPI) to inspect each data packet and allow it to read the contents of your browsing history.
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As ISPs gain access to your browsing records, they can access geographic locations, financial data, health data, download actions, private emails, conversations, spouse and children’s info and whatever else they can discover. Due to FTC laws, it’s disturbing that it’s not illegal for ISPs to sell this information to a third party or the highest bidder.
With this specific information at their fingertips, ISPs can also show you targeted ads tailored to your browsing patterns. The same technology lets them keep a view on your location by monitoring your geo-location data.
ISPs all over the world can then sell your private data to vendors, advertisers and other third parties. Ever notice when you’ve been looking for that new tech gadget and then ads are oddly tailored to that wherever you go?
Isn’t incognito mode still private?
While incognito mode is primarily thought of as a de facto means of privacy, this isn’t really the case. The long and the short of it is while using a browser’s private or incognito mode selection will prevent that particular session from displaying in your local browser history, your ISP can still track you by utilizing your IP address.
Now it is still a useful feature, but more so if you’re using someone else’s computer or want to keep specific search queries out of your browser history. But again, private or incognito browsing isn’t as private as it leads on to be.
Here are some options to truly keep your browsing to yourself.
1. Use a VPN
A virtual private network or VPN is your best friend in securing privacy as it encrypts and funnels internet traffic. So it doesn’t allow anyone, including the government or your ISP, to read the contents of your web traffic.
Additional benefits of using a VPN is it hides you from your ISP as you connect to the VPN server. The ISP can see that you’ve established a VPN connection, but it cannot see the contents of your web traffic, as it’s encrypted.
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2. Try a specialized browser
Using specialized browsers like Tor Browser is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Using the Tor browser jumps your internet connections through various nodes, making it difficult for your ISP to track you. Tor is slightly slower than something like the Epic Privacy Browser, which is built on the Chromium platform similar to Google Chrome.
Epic Privacy Browser offers privacy features such as a do not track headers. It hides your IP address through a built-in proxy, blocks plug-ins and third-party cookies and doesn’t retain history. It can also detect and block ad networks, social networks, and web analytics.
3. Browse secure sites only
Websites that use HTTP do not protect visitors and aren’t secure. Whereas HTTPS, or hypertext transfer protocol secure, encrypt the website’s contents, making it difficult for your activities to be intercepted.
If a site doesn’t have HTTPS, you can always try the browser extension HTTPS Everywhere to secure your privacy as it automatically switches HTTP websites to HTTPS.
4. Stay away from public Wi-Fi that isn’t secure
If you’re a public Wi-Fi user, you are putting yourself at risk. With ISPs having the ability to sell your browsing history to anyone, subjects using unrestricted Wi-Fi are more at danger of information gathering.
5. Don’t check-in or tag your location
If you’re tempted to check in to your favorite restaurant or any other place that allows that sort of thing, don’t, as your location is likely being tracked by your network provider. Where you choose to spend your time can reveal a lot of personal information that could be used to target you. So avoid tagging your location everywhere you go.
As most people who browse the internet have noticed by now, most web browser software prominently offers an “incognito mode” option. What is incognito mode anyways, and what are the reasons to use incognito mode? As a recent Reddit thread reveals, there are more than a few.
To understand why you’d want to use private browsing (known as “incognito mode” on the popular browser Chrome), it’s best to first understand how incognito mode works. When you open a browser window in private or incognito mode, the browser stops storing all the various stuff it usually stores about sites as you putter around the information superhighway. Typically, this stored stuff includes things like the site’s URL, text you may have typed into the site’s forms, and cookies from websites (that enable the browser remember your language preference or save your digital shopping cart, for instance). And, very obviously, when you are not in private browsing mode, the browser logs sites you’ve visited into your “history” log, along with the date and time of the visit.
Incognito mode doesn’t offer complete privacy. Your internet service provider still knows where you’ve browsed, so while incognito mode might hide your searches from your mom, it can’t really help you hide from the police and their subpoenas. If someone like your employer is monitoring all of its network’s activity from a central location, they’ll know where you (or your computer) has navigated, too.
But for personal day-to-day purposes, the incognito mode is really valuable. As explained by the good folks on Reddit, here are some of those times.
1. Looking at porn
This very common incognito mode use case is right there in the question! As everyone knows, internet porn is tremendously popular, but sometimes you want to keep your browsing to yourself. Incognito mode is the answer. You can even conveniently use browsers incognito on your phone.
2. Signing into multiple email accounts at once
You could set up different browser “profiles” to switch between email accounts within one browser, but incognito mode is the quick and easy way of doing this on the fly вЂ” no setup required.
3. Watching weird videos
Again, though there is another way to pause videos getting added to your YouTube history (within YouTube settings themselves), the incognito mode is quick and easy.
4. Using computers that aren’t yours
If you need to log into your email or your banking account or whatever on a computer away from home, just pop open incognito mode to provide a layer of protection against your passwords or user info being saved to that computer (not totally infallible, that computer could have keystroke logging software on it or something, but it helps).
5. Lame Google searches
Because there’s no such thing as a stupid question, except when that old nonsense is staring you down in your autocomplete fields or browser history. Let’s send those lame Google searches down the memory hole with incognito mode instead.
It sounds great, but it’s not true. Here’s how you can really save on flights.
Airfare pricing is something of a mystery.
Even if you know the logic behind a price, there’s never really a good answer to why a flight from the U.S. to Europe can cost $70, while a flight from Kansas to Colorado—two states literally right next to each other—can cost more than $400. Or why the price on a flight you’re looking to book is $300 one day and $700 the next. (Or why one you booked for $1,100 is available for $650 two weeks later.)
And since there isn’t a great answer, it has led to theories both on why prices change and how to get around the fluctuations.
You’ve probably heard one of the theories: Websites are tracking our airfare searches, some say, and hiking prices when they see us looking for the same flight again. This theory has created repeated advice that by using your web browser’s incognito mode, which can hide your search history, you can look like a new user to the airline website or search engine and you’ll get a lower price.
“That is absolutely not a real trick,” Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com, told Travel + Leisure. “I’ve never seen anyone provide an example where there are two different fares in incognito [compared to non-incognito].”
Not that there isn’t any reason to question airfares.
“It’s absolutely true that airfares change all the time, and sometimes within a very short period of time,” Klee said. “But the changes are in response to actual bookings, not searches.”
Maybe you’re saying, “No, really, I searched for this one flight to Chicago and didn’t buy it and then two hours later it was double the price.” Sorry.
“The price for the next seat on a plane depends on how many seats have already been sold,” Klee told T+L.
All search engines get their prices from the airlines’ systems, and there’s a single pool of seats: For a website to determine it should show you a higher price because you looked for the same flight before, it would have to incorporate the prices from that single pool of seats plus the last price you saw—and then guess at what price it could set a flight that you’d still be willing to pay.
So incognito is a no-go (at least for airfare savings). What’s a budget-minded traveler to do?
“From one to four months out is the sweet spot for domestic flights,” Klee added. “Within those three months, fares are likely to bounce up and down. The best advice I can give is start checking early, check frequently, and when you see a really good fare that’s lower than what you’ve seen: Grab it.”
If you know when you want to fly to a destination, and you’re planning with sufficient lead time (which you should be), set up fare alerts. CheapAir has a faretracker, the Hopper app will send you a push notification, and there’s Google Flights, to name just a few.
But really: Incognito mode won’t help.
“There are a lot of factors that cause price quotes to fluctuate, even on short notice,” said Klee. “However, the one thing that is not a factor is any sort of search history. It wouldn’t be possible or practical.”
Chrome calls it Incognito Mode. Firefox and Opera call it Private Browsing. Edge has gone for Browsing InPrivate.
What do these browsing modes do?
It seems that a lot of people can’t answer this question correctly. In a recent survey, scientists from the University of Chicago and the Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany wanted to find out what regular users think about and how they use the browsers’ private browsing modes. Here are some of the highlights:
- 56% of the participants thought that if they log in to their Google accounts while they’re browsing in Incognito mode, their search history won’t be recorded anywhere.
- 47% thought that if they bookmark a website while they’re browsing Incognito, it won’t show up in the browser’s regular mode.
- 40% of the participants thought that websites can’t see their location when they’re in Incognito mode.
- 27% thought that Incognito mode gives them better protection against malware.
- 25% thought that Incognito mode obscures and hides their public IP address
These figures are nothing short of worrying because they show that users aren’t fully aware of what browsers’ private modes do and don’t do to protect their privacy.
What Incognito mode can do to protect your privacy
When you’re surfing the Internet in the default mode, your browser saves some information on the hard drive of your PC. This information includes your browsing history, the data you enter into online forms, and cookies that some websites send to you.
The Incognito or Private mode does little more than limit the amount of data that is locally saved. Your browsing history, for example, is cleared the moment you stop the Incognito browsing session. Hence, if you visit things-i-shouldnt-be-looking-at.com while you’re in Incognito mode, the next time you type “things” in the address bar, the website won’t show up as a suggestion. It won’t be available in the history, either.
The cookies every website saves to your PC in Incognito mode will be deleted as well, and the browser won’t remember the information you’ve filled in an online registration form while you’re in Incognito mode.
In other words, when your mom or an FBI agent sits on your computer, they won’t be able to see what you looked at while you were using Incognito mode. What they will be able to see, however, are the bookmarks and files you downloaded.
Bear in mind, however, that we’re talking about the Internet вЂ“ a vast network of electronic machines. Incognito mode can’t do anything about the information that is saved on all these machines.
What Incognito mode can’t do to protect your privacy
When you want to visit a website, you type a domain name into the address bar of your browser, and your computer, using your public IP address, sends a request to a server that hosts the website you want to view. This request goes through a number of other servers, switches, and hubs. That’s what happens in simple terms, anyway.
The upshot is, your request is handled by many different parties who can see it. The browser’s incognito mode can’t do anything about it. As a result, your ISP or your employer, for example, can learn what you’ve been looking at despite the private browsing feature.
Another thing people seem to miss is the fact that logging in to your Google account in Incognito mode is the same as logging in to your Google account in the browser’s default mode. Google will still record your search history and the rest of your interactions with its services (like the YouTube videos you watch).
The final misconception is that Incognito mode can somehow hide your public IP or protect you from malware. In all fairness, Opera’s private browsing comes with VPN functionality built-in in the latest versions, and Firefox does offer a Do Not Track feature. These two could help you achieve some level of anonymity, but they’ll do nothing to protect you from malware.
Can you trust your browser’s Incognito mode?
If you don’t want too many traces of the websites you visit on your PC, yes, your browser’s private or Incognito mode will do the job. Just be careful with what you download or save for future viewing.
If you want to surf the web anonymously, it won’t be of much help. There are dedicated VPN applications, and there’s also the Tor browser which makes use of a completely different system to hide who you really are and what you’re looking at.
Here’s Why You Should Never Watch Porn In Incognito Mode
Here’s Why You Should Never Watch Porn In Incognito Mode: If we talk about a web browser, almost every web browser available on the web offers an incognito mode. Well, incognito mode makes user untraceable and never saves any cache, cookies or history.
However, if you think that browsing in an incognito mode will make you untraceable, then you need to rethink your strategy. Incognito mode is just for private browsing and it doesn’t keep any cookies, passwords or history.
If we take a look at Google Chrome’s Incognito mode, we will find that the incognito page clearly says “Pages you view in incognito tabs won’t stick around in your browser’s history, cookie store, or search history after you’ve closed all of your incognito tabs. Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be kept”
However, your activities might still be visible to websites you visit, Your employer or school and your internet service provider.
Here’s Why You Should Never Watch Porn In Incognito Mode
Firefox browser also displays a similar message. That means that if your family member, roommates or kids can’t see what you are doing on the web browser. But, your Internet service provider can still track the web pages you are visiting in incognito mode.
Suppose if you are using Google services in incognito mode, then Google too can sniff your doings. And the websites you are visiting still have your records. Well, Safari and Internet Explorer don’t tell that you are actually watched by ISPs even if you are browsing incognito.
So, in order to remain anonymous, you need to use VPN services. Using services like DuckDuckGo can also help you to browse the internet anonymously.