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We are happy to give our most personal information so often to advertisers, technology, scammers and everyone else who wants to earn us a penny. Want to regain control? Start by changing a few settings that make it easier for strangers and companies to identify who you are in your Chrome browser.
While you’re at it, take a moment and take a look at your Facebook account settings. To restrict or stop targeted advertising, click or click for three steps.
Your browser offers incognito or private mode. It’s not a volume of privacy, but it can have a significant impact.
Or private incognito mode? Like…
Although incognito mode in any browser provides more privacy than when you are not using it, incognito mode is not as confidential as we thought.
When you browse the Internet in incognito mode, your browser does not store your browsing history, cookies, site data, or information you enter into forms. However, it saves any downloaded files or bookmarks created during the session.
Your ISP can still see your business as well as the school or employer that provides your Internet or computer access. Want to stop this? You need a VPN.
This brings us to the question: “Should we use incognito mode at all?”
Yes, let’s look at three situations.
1. Trying to make gifts a surprise
When you shop online, your browser keeps track of what you browse. You will later see that ads will appear on other sites trying to force you to return to make a purchase, even if you have already purchased the item.
You may not be the only one to see this ad. If the person for whom you are buying a gift uses your computer, tablet or smartphone, he will see the same advertisement. They can also see them on their own devices as you share an IP address.
Of course, these ads tell them what you have in mind. This will not happen if you shop incognito.
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2. Termination of the watchful eye algorithm
We’ve all been looking for things that haven’t wanted to follow us online for years. Maybe you are worried about the disease, or you need to look at the tutorial on homework.
It’s annoying to see reminders of these searches everywhere, especially in your YouTube algorithm. You can avoid these suggestions by performing an incognito search.
You will notice what I said to YouTube. Yes, incognito mode is not just for your browser. You can also search incognito on YouTube, but only from your phone. Here’s how:
- Open up YouTube program.
- Click on your own profile photo at the top right of the screen, then tap Enable incognito mode.
This feature only works if you are logged in. While browsing incognito, your browsing history, searches, and other actions will not be saved in your profile.
Did you know that there are hidden programs on your phone? No, I don’t mean horrible spyware. These are useful little features you need to know.
3. Department of Work and Home Life
Most of us have two versions of ourselves online: work and personal.
It’s a shame if you want to check your personal inbox, but you’re signed in to your work account – especially if you use the same provider for both. Use incognito mode instead of using different browsers or logging in and out of accounts.
Try logging in to your work email using your browser as usual, then open the incognito window for your personal account. Easy.
PROFESSION: You can go even further by setting up individual browser profiles for work and life. You can bookmark, change settings or install extensions to make each profile more useful.
Click here to do it in your favorite browser. We cover Chrome, Firefox and Edge. Unfortunately, Safari users, but Apple does not offer this option.
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