18 March 2021, Kathmandu
We all have seen Incognito Mode on Browser. Every time we open the browser we see this mode on the top right corner of the browser. If you have not seen this mode press Ctrl+Shft+N on your keyboard or you see a three-dot icon on the top right corner of your browser. Press on that icon then you will be redirected toward this Incognito Mode.
We all hear use this mode to protect from hackers so what is this mode:
Incognito mode is a private browsing mode that leaves fewer traces than normal browsing mode. It has the ability to delete temporary data that has been captured by the PC or device you are using.
Some web browsers have a privacy feature called private browsing. When in this mode, the browser generates a temporary session that is separate from the main session and user data. This mode is available in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari.
Apple first launched this feature for the Safari browser in 2015. It has since been available in other browsers as well.
What is the use of this mode?
Possibility to avoid the misuse of personal information:
When we create an account on a website, all of our information is stored on the server. But when we use incognito mode, information is protected from being stolen.
Login information can be hidden:
If we have to do some personal work on someone else’s machine, we can use incognito mode. This safeguards your sensitive information, like our username, passwords, credit card information, etc.
The past of searches can be hidden:
If you don’t want anyone to see your browsing history, use incognito mode.
Wherever we accept any cookies on websites, cookies will monitor what you are doing on the site. Cookies can help you keep track of what you’ve bought online or fill in your login credentials. But they can also record confidential personal details. And you don’t want your personal information to fall into the hands of cybercriminals or identity thieves.
Does enabling incognito mode and the ability to remove temporary data really protect your privacy from hackers? Not nearly as much as you would expect.
You should know there is nothing granted on anything. Your search history may have been deleted from your device. But your ISP, websites you’ve visited, the government, and other third parties can still monitor you using your IP address (Remember what I said above. It can be hidden not permanently delete).
Nonetheless, there are still advantages to browsing the web in incognito mode. Remember what private browsing can and cannot do for you. Decide if it is right for you or not. Don’t listen to other experience it yourself.