Using Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode? Your Boss Knows What You’re Browsing!
Google Chrome is the most popularly used web browser in the world. Billions of active users make use of the browser to visit websites every day. The browser is massively popular despite having come out quite late compared to the likes of Opera and Firefox. One of the most popular features on this browser is that of the incognito mode!
Incognito mode – known to pretty much everyone who uses the browser – is the browsing mode which allows you to visit websites without letting your browser know what you’re visiting. Information about this browsing session does not appear in history, autofill and cookies.
A majority of the users feel safer while using incognito mode when they’re browsing something which they shouldn’t be! However, while this incognito mode does make you feel safe and protected – is it really stopping the network admin or your employer from knowing what you are browsing? Think about this before you open any objectionable content in your office next time around!
The reason why this browsing mode is called incognito mode and not privacy mode is the fact that this is more specific to your browser and not to your network. The browser you are using to open these websites will not save any information about it. However, keep it in mind that the network administrators and your employer can easily see what’s going on!
Google Chrome itself displays a small notification when you start incognito browsing saying: “When you launch the incognito tab there’s this disclaimer there where we really try to help make it really clear to people that your activity is certainly still visible to the websites you visit and could be visible to your employer, to your school, and to your [internet service provider] of course”.
Hence, it is best advised to not visit any objectionable content at all, when connected to a public network and be a good netizen.