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What is Private/Incognito Mode In Browsers ?

Ever since the private browsing introduced to the browsers, most people have been using private, otherwise named Incognito feature under the wrong impression and unable to understand what it does and does not.

What does Incognito mean?

It merely means avoid getting recognized, which means to hide someone’s true identity.

What is Private/Incognito Mode in Browsers?

It is essential to understand that Incognito mode is Not an Anonymous Mode. Private/Incognito Mode designed to allows you to hide your browsing history on the web browsing session. Besides downloads and bookmarks, others like search queries, cookies, temporary files will not be saved while you are in private mode. It blocks various trackers and disables the third-party toolbars, addons you have installed to the browser. If you have turned on sync options to your account in many devices and someone has access to one of the devices, they won’t be able to see what you did if you use Incognito mode.

But it doesn’t mean It won’t stop your internet service provider (ISP) from tracking your web activities. Things like Ip Address, your real-time activity, and account identity if you log in to your website all are vulnerable. When you are logged in to Google account, they can track your search patterns as well.

However, when it comes to browsers like Firefox, it clearly named as a private window. Maybe the “Incognito” word is what misleads people. This confusing word naming might be the reason which leads people to accuse Google of invading privacy. Anyway, when you go to Incognito in the Chrome browser, it clearly states the data visibility. So there is a hard chance of winning the lawsuit case against Google Chrome.

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Google Chrome Incognito

What are the benefits of using incognito mode?

– It prevents others from seeing your search history. 

Note:- In Windows OS, this is not entirely true. Browsers are not the only thing that keeps the browsing history. These details are saved in DNS Files. 

To view web history using DNS files.
Open your command prompt (CMD) and enter “pconfig /displaydns” without colons.

To remove DNS records
use ipconfig /flushdns” command in CMD.

It might become handy to bypass the daily limitations of some subscriber-only/paid websites. 

You can use a public or someone else computer without worrying about your internet activity or the data entered to fill forms. You don’t even need to worry about logging out.

What is the Better way to become anonymous?

If you need to become more anonymous, you might need to use virtual private networks (VPNs) with Tor. Your requests will go to intermediaries and will increase your anonymity. Websites and other trackers will have fewer details about you. Still, it is not a full anonymity option but a better option than the private/incognito mode.


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