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Incognito - Keeping your Information Anonymous

There are a lot of features hidden within the web browser you use everyday. Whether you use the browser on your desktop or mobile. This week’s post will focus on a feature called incognito.

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Incognito mode is a setting that prevents Internet history from being stored locally. Follow the steps below on how to go “Incognito” using each of your favorite browsers:

Google Chrome

Computer

Incognito mode isn't available if the account is a part of Windows 10's "Family Mode."

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top right, click the icon you see: Menu or More .
  3. Select New Incognito Window.
  4. A new window will open with a gray incognito icon .

Tip: You can also use a keyboard shortcut to open an incognito window. Press Ctrl + Shift + N (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) or ⌘ + Shift + N (Mac).

To close incognito mode, close each of your incognito windows:

  1. Go to your incognito window.
  2. At the top, tap Close .
Android device
  1. Open the Chrome app .
  2. Tap More .
  3. Tap New incognito tab.
  4. A new window will open with a gray incognito icon .

To close incognito mode, close each of your incognito windows:

  1. Open the Chrome app .
  2. At the top right, tap Switch tabs . You'll see your open Chrome tabs.
  3. At the top right of your incognito tabs, tap Close .
iPhone or iPad
  1. Open the Chrome app .
  2. Tap More .
  3. Select New Incognito Tab.
  4. A new window will open with a gray incognito icon .

To close incognito mode, close each of your incognito windows:

  1. Open the Chrome app .
  2. At the top right, tap Switch tabs . You'll see your open Chrome tabs.
  3. At the top right of your incognito tabs, tap Close .

Apple Safari

Computer
  1. Launch Safari on your Mac running OS X Yosemite or higher.
  2. Click on the File menu and select New Private Window — alternately, you can hold down the command and shift keys and type N.
  3. A new window appears with a dark colored search field instead of a white/opaque one. This is how you can tell you're using a private browsing window.
iPhone/iPad
  1. Turn On Private Mode - On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open Safari, then tap . Tap Private, then tap Done.
  2. Turn Off Private Mode - On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open Safari, then tap . Tap Private, then tap Done.

Microsoft Edge InPrivate Mode

In Microsoft Edge, select the  More (...)   icon, and then New InPrivate window.

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Mozilla Firefox

Open a new, blank Private Window Click the menu button and then click New Private Window.


Conclusion

Be aware that even though the information is not stored locally if you are at a company typically the IT Department would still have your browsing history at the company's firewall/proxy server. ISPs will still have access to your browsing history. Several use cases for Incognito or InPrivate could be the following:


  • Public computer at an Airport
  • Friend’s or Family's computer, cell phone, or tablet

Speaking of Incognito if you would like to physically go incognito check out and hide under one of our Sherpa Blankets

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