Is Incognito really Private/Safe?

Privacy Isn’t Negotiable. It’s The Right Of Every Individual.

Jackie Speier

What does “Internet Privacy” Mean?

Google knows quite a lot about all of us. No one ever lies to a search engine. I used to say that Google knows more about me than my wife does, but that doesn’t go far enough. Google knows me even better, because Google has perfect memory in a way that people don’t.”
—Bruce Schneier, cybersecurity expert

Internet privacy is one of the most important issues nowadays for people of all ages. Companies on the internet keep track of every search you do, to serve you the highly relevant advertisements, to make their sales. They keep all your personal information, about your location, about your interest, your disinterest, which makes it very important for us to make the internet more private and secure our privacy.

So to solve this major privacy concern the simplest solution we have is to start browsing the web using private mode present on our web browser, commonly known as incognito mode. Incognito mode helps you browse the internet without storing any surfing data this means that your searches, visited pages, log in details and cookies will not be saved on the device after you close your private windows.

But Is Incognito Mode Really Private?

But what if the incognito mode is not as private as you think it is, what if your online activity can still be tracked. Shockingly the fact is incognito mode is not a panacea for your privacy concerns. Your Internet Service Provider, the government and that guy who spend their whole day on his laptop in the darkroom (Hacker) can access your online activity.

When you surf the internet your browser saves a lot of unnecessary pieces of information like Cookies, session details, history, etc. Cookies are small text files saved during your web sessions that do many things, such as keeping you logged in information, keeping track of your online shopping cart, and sadly, tracking your travels on the internet.

Incognito mode helps you prevent from saving these unnecessary pieces of information. It automatically Deletes your web search history, and prevent saving unnecessary details about your sessions. However, Incognito Mode does an excellent job of preventing your web browser from saving details about your online activity. But it does not make you invisible on the internet.

So, Do your still think incognito mode makes you invisible on the internet if so think harder.

How can we browse privately?

After understanding how secure incognito mode is, one can ask “how can we browse or surf the web privately or securely ? “. We can improve our privacy or security by adding layers of protection that our browser’s Incognito Mode can’t offer on its own.

Here are the main Tool or Method to keep your online activities truly incognito.

VPN

virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network which enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices are directly connected to a private network. Applications running across a VPN may therefore benefit from the functionality, security, and management of the private network. Encryption is common, although not an inherent, part of a VPN connection.

Here is the list of best VPN available.

1 NordVPN

NordVPN is the best VPN if you’re looking for a peace of mind when you use public Wi-Fi, access personal and work accounts on the road, or want to keep your browsing history to yourself.

2 ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN defeats content restrictions and censorship to deliver unlimited access to video, music, social media, and more, from anywhere in the world.

3 CyberGhost

CyberGhost VPN is a piece of software that hides your IP address and reroutes your internet traffic through an encrypted VPN tunnel. This way, you can protect your digital identity from your ISP, government authorities, and snoopers.

There are many other good VPN available but these are the best according to me.

TOR

Tor is free and open-source software for enabling anonymous communication. Tor Browser is based on the Mozilla Firefox browser platform but has been modified to be extremely secure. Tor is not meant to completely solve the issue of anonymity on the web. Tor is not designed to completely erase tracks but instead to reduce the likelihood for sites to trace actions and data back to the user.

Tor is used to block tracking, Tor Browser isolates each website you visit so third-party trackers and ads can’t trackback to you. Any cookies automatically clear when you’re done browsing. So will your browsing history. Tor is one of the best browsers but there is only one major disadvantage of using tor is that surfing over tor is very slow. Tor Team is trying to overcome this problem.

You can download TOR form HERE

DuckDuckGO

While Google, Bing and many other search engines track your searches even when you search in incognito mode, DuckDuckGo is a completely anonymous search engine, tracking none of your search activity.

DuckDuckGo makes money through private ads on our search engine. On other search engines, ads are based on profiles compiled about you using your personal information like search, browsing, and purchase history. Since DuckDuckGo does not collect that information, search ads on DuckDuckGo are based on the search results page you are viewing, not on you as a person.

Your browser’s incognito mode is a good way to keep your browser away from collecting unnecessary information about our web activities like storing internet history, website cookies collection, about your location, and we also learned that it can’t do much when it came to protecting us from unwanted visitors like your ISP, or the government and law enforcement. We also learned that there is some easy way to protect us from these threats by using VPNs, TOR Browser, DuckDuckGo Search engine. But in the end, our privacy is only in our hands so be safe about what we share over the internet.

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