Thursday, September 4, 2014

Q: Chrome has this incognito mode. Does it prevent others from seeing or stealing my information over the internet?

photo by Josh Hallett

I am always amazed by seniors’ imagination, and whoever says people lose their imagination by age should start a new study today.

The incognito window, browsing in private, is located on upper-right hand corner of Chrome browser. 

Once you click it, Google does give users a great description of what this function does.

Part I: 
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.

This means people who use this computer or device after you will not be able to see where you have surfed, but they can still view the files you have downloaded and bookmarks you created, if you don’t delete them.

Part II: 
Going incognito doesn’t hide your browsing from your employer, your internet service provider, or the websites you visit.

This means if you meet a hacker, or identity thief, they can still see everything you do, if they want to. And if you watch or download some illegal things, the internet monitors can still see all of your activities.

So what does this incognito mode for? 
If you use public computers to check your private emails or surf over  the internet, you may want to use the incognito mode. In this case, you can keep your private business secret, when you use public computers. At home, you can use this mode, when you are searching gifts for your loved one or items you know others might not like you to use, so they wouldn't accidentally find the secret out when they share the same computer with you.

For iPad or iPhone users, Safari has the same function, called Private, and it is located on the lower left corner when you open a new Safari window.

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