This article is dedicated for all those users out there, who think that browsing the internet in incognito mode, is like wearing an invisibility cloak online. The truth is, it isn’t.
For those of you who don’t know about incognito mode, it is Google Chrome’s private browsing feature which disables web cache, and browsing history. Essentially that means that all of your visited pages, searches, and cookies, will not be saved on your local computer. This lets users surf the internet, without storing any local data which can be retrieved later.
Let’s take a few moments to clear a few doubts on the private mode in your browser below.
Its NOT Private
It’s time you get this straight. Nothing on the internet is private, so don’t stay under the impression that browsing in incognito mode will keep you in a safe little nut shell. In fact, Chrome itself tell you that “Going incognito doesn’t hide your browsing from your employer, your internet service provider, or the websites you visit.”
That’s right, under the proper conditions and with the right documents, your internet service provider can hand you or the authorities a long list of the websites you’ve visited, even if they were in incognito mode.
What’s Incognito Mode Good for then?
Most people are mistaken when it comes to the exact purpose of the privacy mode in your browser. Incognito isn’t used to hide your identity from the world, it’s used to hide your interactions with it.
Have you ever used your friend’s computer, and had to log him out of his Gmail or Facebook so that you could log in? If yes, then you should have used incognito mode there. It’s just like using a completely different browser. This is a safe way to ensure that you will never forget your account logged in, since closing with the incognito browser, will close all open sessions.
Your private browsing mode is also the best way to get your personal banking done, as browser extensions and cookies are disabled then, which makes is almost impossible for third party services to follow your online footprint and provide you advertisements based on your searching history. Always remember that disabling your extensions and cookies minimises your chances of having your personal data stolen by malicious apps.
Then is There Really a Way to Surf the Internet with an Invisibility Cape on?
Use Tor Browser. You can download it from the link below.
The Tor Browser is the easiest way to surf the internet anonymously. It disguises your online identity by deviating your searches and traffic through different Tor Servers across the world. It also encrypts your traffic so that it can’t be traced back to the source.
If not the Tor Browser, then try using a VPN, or a Virtual Private Network.
Check out point number 2, on our post on How to Access Blocked Content Online to find out more on VPNs.
Were we able to finally convince you anonymity is non-existent on the Internet? If not, then ask away in the comments section below, or shoot us an email at Contact.TEQnation@gmail.com