Privacy quickly becomes a hard-to-earn luxury. When you surf through websites, it's hard to get rid of the scary feeling that you are being watched by unseen eyes: Google, Facebook, your internet service provider, the government, the person sitting next to you, etc.
Sub Among the many privacy enhancing tools is one of the most well known the Chrome Incognito window, Google's private browsing version. The incognito window provides some level of privacy when you surf on a shared computer. However, this is not a perfect solution.
Unfortunately, many people do not understand the implications of Google's Incognito window on privacy and ultimately trust it more than they should. According to a study by researchers from the University of Chicago and the Leibniz Universität Hannover, many users mistakenly believe that Google's incognito mode and other private browser windows protect them from malware, advertising and tracking codes and monitoring connection gateways.
Learn about the privacy features and limitations of the Incognito Chrome window.
Privacy benefits of Google Chrome's Incognito window.
Interestingly enough, Google is spelled out clearly Everything you can expect from incognito mode when you open a new private window. According to Google, you can now "browse privately and other people will not see your activity ."
What does activity mean?
Browsing history:  Google Chrome logs the web pages you visit so you can more easily return to these pages in the future. Pressing CTRL + H on Windows (⌘ + Y on macOS) displays all previously visited web pages.
If you synced your Chrome browser with your Google Account, every page you visit will be registered in your online browsing history. This means that if you switch to another computer and sync your Google Account to a new Chrome browser, your browsing history will be transmitted.
The Incognito window does not log your browsing history and deletes traces of the Web pages you visit afterwards. The privacy benefit you get is that the next person behind your computer can not see your browsing history.
Cookies and website data: Cookies are attached data on websites exchanged between the browser and the web server. Cookies capture user sessions, site settings, local settings, and other important features of web applications.
Cookies allow websites to show different content to each user. When you sign up for an online account, such as Gmail or Facebook, the web server creates a cookie and sends it to your browser. The browser saves the cookie and sends it back to the server every time it is requested (each time you click a new button or link). The server uses the cookie to associate your application session with your user ID and provide content that matches your user account.
Cookies help web service providers to track you across websites. When you navigate to a Web site that has the Like and Share Facebook buttons or the Invisible Facebook Pixel Facebook will use your session cookie to track you and use the information later to address with advertising.
If you open a new incognito window, none of your cookies will be transferred. You can verify this by navigating to Facebook or Gmail. Even if you have logged in to your accounts before opening the Incognito window, you will still be redirected to the sign-in page. Without the cookie, the site will treat you as a new user.
The privacy advantage of the Incognito window is that you can navigate to different pages without traceable cookies (a limitation I will mention later). , When you sign up for an online account, closing the incognito window destroys the cookie associated with that session. Therefore, the next person sitting behind the computer can not access the accounts that you used in incognito mode, even if you forgot to log out before you closed the window.
Information entered in forms: Forms are text areas displayed on pages where you must enter information such as name, username, e-mail address, phone number, and so on. It will then be made available on other pages so you can more easily enter data into forms.
However, this feature can become a privacy issue if you use a public computer. Other users who use the same Chrome browser will see your personal information when they switch to pages with data forms.
However, Twitter also tracks the IP address, device type, device ID, and browser type and execution. Technically, it can use all these factors to link your activities to your account. Facebook goes further and even tracks your activity on other sites if you are not logged in to your account.
Your employer or school:  When you use a corporate or school network, all traffic is routed through a gateway such as a router or a server. The person who manages the gateway has unrestricted access to your traffic, regardless of whether you're in Incognito mode or not. You can filter the network's Internet traffic based on IP addresses and track your browsing habits.
Your ISP: The ISP is the company that gives you access to the Internet. Think of it as a corporate network manager, but on a much larger scale. ISPs are also gateways, meaning they can track all your browsing habits, whether you use private surfing or not.
Bookmarks and Downloads: If you download something in the Incognito window, it will remain in your Download folder after you close the window. If you bookmark a link while browsing Incognito, the bookmark is saved in your main browser. Take note of this.
Last words about privacy in Google Chrome incognito mode
If you want to improve your privacy while browsing the Incognito window, you should use a virtual private network (VPN). VPN applications encrypt your Internet traffic and forward it through a VPN server. This will hide your browsing activity from your local gateway or ISP. However, you do not know which sites you are navigating to, but you may find that you are using a VPN.
Caution: Chrome's Incognito window is a good privacy tool if you have concerns about other users having access to your computer and browser. But that's about as far as you can believe.
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