Google Chrome and Privacy: Is Incognito Really Safe?

During the days when typewriters were the only way in which to create documents, it was only necessary to worry about having a replacement ribbon and a bottle of Tipp-Ex to hand for use as and when necessary.

Though the advent of computers has made word processing much easier with mistakes being simple to rectify, it also means that it can be connected to the Internet which is not possible or necessary with a typewriter. This link allows for a great deal more ability with the use of a computer, but it also means that there is a different set of concerns that need to be taken into account.

Regardless of the reason why you might need to go online, it is necessary to consider the security aspect of doing so. This process of connecting with the rest of the world not only raises an issue in respect of what you are sending out there but also what you are receiving or viewing.

Many people may assume that the only risk to privacy that comes from going online is that which can arise where your computer is hacked or private information is inadvertently released, such as via a phishing email. However, there are other aspects that need to be considered when determining the best way to maintain your privacy.

When using the Internet, it will not be necessary to utilize any particular laser focus in order to notice the statement about cookies that appears on many websites. They tend to be placed at a fairly prominent position at the top or bottom of the screen. Often, users will be inclined to ignore this notice as it can only occasionally interfere with the use of the website when it is in front of the options to navigate around the website.

Cookies are a sweet and inoffensive way of referring to the website’s ability to use data that allows it to remember information relating to the user’s visit, such as items placed in the basket or an email address used as a username.

Though it might be easy to ignore them for the sake of continuing with your intended reason for visiting the website, it is a good idea to take a few moments to read it to gain an understanding of what will result from using the website. Besides this, you will not be able to claim that you were not informed by the company running the website in the event that you take issue with their use of cookies as with the continued use of the website, it is assumed that you accept these terms.

These statements about cookies are essentially a notification of the way in which the website uses them.

If you are paying attention, you will have noticed that the adverts that stream alongside the websites that you visit might seem a bit familiar. Cookies also come into play as websites can use them to tailor the advertising that you see whilst browsing the Internet. You will find that the pair of boots that you were admiring on a website is following you around.

All of this can seem quite intrusive and can you want to do something about it.

Of course, prevention of this can be achieved by regularly going to the settings option in the browser that you are using to delete the cache, cookies, and browser history. However, this will depend on whether you will remember or are inclined to complete these steps on a regular basis.

One of the first factors of computer privacy that needs to be considered is the browser that you are using. This is due to the fact that they are all different and have different regulations in respect of the privacy that you can expect when using it.

Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers in the world, so it is prudent to understand how to deal with privacy using this browser.

Google Chrome’s privacy settings come through the use of a tool called Incognito, which makes it possible to remain anonymous while browsing websites. In order to make use of this tool, it is necessary to turn it on but this process is simple:

  • Launch the Chrome browser
  • Open the full extent of the options in the top right corner
  • Find and click New Incognito Window
  • This will open a new browser window which can be used to visit your required website
  • After closing this browser, the next time you use the browser it will revert to the standard one

Use of Incognito also means that there will be no record kept of any downloads you complete, though the result will go straight to your download folder. It is also possible to use it as a parental control method to protect children from inappropriate content.

This option for online browsing is painted as one that will prevent you from leaving a trail while browsing the Internet. However, whether or not it actually achieves this is a different matter.

The fact that Google is a massive firm that can benefit from knowing which websites people visit should not be overlooked. Though the use of Incognito may prevent the majority of websites from being aware of your visit, this does not mean that Google will not use the information.

In the event that the concern for privacy incorporates the dislike of your information being sold in order to tailor advertising, then you may not be impressed with the use of Incognito.

With the purpose of Incognito being to help a user to remain anonymous, you would expect that there will not be any note of the websites visited after the browser is closed as they would be instantly deleted, but this appears not to always be the case.

This defeats the purpose and can be especially problematic when it comes to the use of a shared computer.

Due to the problems that appear to affect Incognito, it is worth testing it out first to see if it actually works effectively for you.