Facts and lies about incognito mode of the browser

Incognito mode is very useful for browsing at times, but it is not as anonymous or secure as many think. But it is not the best way for secure browsing.

The vast majority of users have used incognito mode on occasion. Normally it is activated to avoid cookies or not to leave a trace in the browser history, but also to open accounts on other people’s computers or carry out activities that we do not want to affect their normal use. 

Although its use is widespread, it is also true that there are numerous myths about how it works. In a survey conducted by the University of Chicago and the Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany, it was found that 73% of the participants did not know what is really achieved with this mode of navigation that is found in all browsers, according to GAT labs.

One of the most widespread myths in this regard is that with incognito mode there is no trace of browsing, that this is private for everyone. But in reality it is not like that, what happens is that cookies, passwords or history are not saved in the browser, but wherever you go they know you have been : for servers and websites it is not as anonymous as it is thought.

This feeling of anonymity is quite false and as an example we inform you that Google saves the searches you do and will continue to be associated with your IP address, so its algorithm will know that you are really interested in what you have searched for, even if you try to hide it.

The same happens with internet service providers or if you want to hide it from the government for any reason, we regret to tell you that it does not work that way. This anonymity only happens partially in the browser. Even the pages you go to will know that you have been, a trace of your IP will remain, for them it will continue to be your computer.

In addition to your IP, the websites will also have your geolocation, so you can forget about that idea that the incognito mode helps you to skip barriers that are sometimes put for services and promotions that you cannot access from your location, for example.

Another very widespread myth is the thought that malware is avoided with this navigation and the truth is that it has nothing to do with it, in incognito mode it is not safer to navigate and malware and viruses have the same effectiveness.

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And in reference to the latter that we have discussed comes a lie that is also very dangerous. You should not think that browsing in incognito mode makes your passwords or bank details more secure. This is not true, there are the same chances that they will be stolen. Incognito mode does not make browsing safer, it only removes traces of it in the browser history.

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