Here’s why incognito mode isn’t effective at making your web browsing anonymous at all » TwistedSifter

You probably used incognito mode on your computer before, right?

We all probably have shared or public computers just to take that extra step to make sure our passwords and other information won’t be logged. But incognito mode, also known as private browsing, might not be as private as you think.

When you use incognito mode, your website history is not saved, cookies are not saved, and no information is saved for autofill purposes across different sites. Although the incognito mode has its advantages, it also has some problems.

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For one thing, any files you download or bookmarks you create in incognito mode will still be logged, and your IP address can still be tracked by the websites you visit.

And the type of computer you use, the browser you prefer, and your screen resolution are called “device fingerprints” and they can be aggregated to track you.

Also, and probably most important… your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can see ALL the sites you visit. This means that network administrators at your school and work can also see what you are doing. They monitor exactly where people are going because that information is completely open, and, yanno, that’s their job.

The only way to anonymize your traffic to your ISP and network administrators is to use a VPN. But even then… the VPN provider can see it. So there is hardly any way to browse anonymously.

And keep in mind that if you log into a service like Google or Facebook and use incognito mode, those services can see what you’re doing and they can use that information.

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The best way to see incognito mode is to realize that someone using the same computer as you won’t be able to see what sites you visit and get information, but everything can still be tracked by internet companies.

And if you are tired of using Google as your search engine due to their information gathering habits, you should consider using others like DuckDuckGo Where Home Page which are more privacy-oriented.

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