Thursday, May 8, 2014

Is Google Chrome's "Incognito Mode" Really Secure?

The most used browser in the world is Google Chrome, with StatCounter indicating that nearly half of all desktop internet users are Chromeites. Chrome’s “Incognito” feature has proven extremely popular, and remains a large reason why the browser has secured such a large following in Russia, Europe, the Americas, Australia, and many other regions around the globe.

But What Is “Incognito”, How Anonymous is it?

Without your browsing history being recorded within Chrome, users can visit sites across the internet when in the “Incognito” browsing mode. All of your browsing history is instantly deleted when you launch an Incognito browsing session. Also, any cookies created during the session are deleted when the Incognito window is closed.

Many people believe this is a safer way to use the worldwide web, because it doesn't allow them to be tracked online. This is only partially true, because Incognito does not actually make your internet experience more secure or safe, from prying external eyes (such as your employer or marketers). Incognito is a good way to make sure others who use your device or computer are not able to see what websites you have been visiting, and that's about it.

Routers, websites you visit, and your ISP can, and do log where you have been spending your internet time.

What Can You Do To Make Your Browsing Secure?

Using a VPN, or virtual private network, is by far the best and easiest way to ensure your browsing is secure and your data kept private. Good VPNs use high powered encryption to send your information and communications over the Internet at the source, making sure absolutely everything you do online is safe and anonymous. Outside sources simply will not be able to log your web browsing, IP address, your download history, or any other information about you.

In addition, good VPNs give you an array of different region IP's to choose from, making it appear as though you are using the internet in a different country, even on the other side of the globe. One of the benefits of  appearing to access the internet from a different country is that you will also be able to visit country specific content. For example, Netflix and Hulu only offer services in certain countries, and even then, they alter what is available for specific countries. With a VPN you can get all the content you want, and browse the web freely without worrying.

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