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6 Disadvantages of Incognito Mode (Risks of Private Browsing)

6 Disadvantages of Incognito Mode (Risks of Private Browsing)
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You've undoubtedly heard of incognito mode. It is used when you do not want something to be saved in your browser history. Incognito mode is specifically used to conceal your activities from others who have access to your device. It's a good idea, but the downside is the false sense of security it provides. In this post, we will look at the top 6 disadvantages of incognito mode.

BUT, before we get into the drawbacks of incognito mode, let's first see what it means.

Here we go...

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What is an Incognito Mode?

The Disadvantages of Incognito Mode:

  • It must be activated each time.
  • It doesn't provide complete privacy.
  • It doesn't hide tabs.
  • It fingerprints everything.
  • It does not protect you from third-party tracking.
  • It won't let you escape from Advertisers.

Closing thought.

What is an Incognito Mode?

We all know that incognito does not leave any traces in the browser history. What most people don't realize is that incognito erases browser cookies as soon as the session ends. As a result, there are fewer traces of you browsing a website.

This means that if you use a public computer, the person who comes after you won't be able to see what you've been doing. This may appear enthralling; however, there are some major disadvantages of using incognito mode. And here in this post, we're going to throw light on all of them. Read on.

The Disadvantages of Incognito Mode

1. It must be activated each time.

The first and most significant disadvantage of incognito mode is that you must activate it each time you browse. Yes, whether you're using Chrome's Incognito mode or Firefox's Private Browsing mode, you must open a new window for it. As a result, if you forget to click on the particular window, you will leave history traces. You'll need to erase this history, cookies, passwords, and anything else that's been saved locally. If you fail to do so, your browsing information will be displayed for all to see.

2. It doesn't provide complete privacy.

The incognito mode in your browser does not provide the same level of privacy as a virtual private network. This means that, compared to using a VPN, this private browsing mode can only hide your activity on a browser level. Of course, the incognito mode can hide all of your browsing histories for the current session, but it only does so on your browser as the ISP or government can easily track your browsing activity. The best and safest way to conceal your browsing activity on all levels is to use a virtual private network.

Related: Google Starts Testing FLoC as Alternative for Cookies

3. It doesn't hide tabs.

When we work on the computer, we usually have 8 - 10 tabs open. And if we have a call or other work that requires us to leave our seat, we must close all those tabs before leaving. Opening them again will be impossible because the browser will not remember them. This is one of the most common problems encountered by incognito users.

4. It fingerprints everything.

Despite the fact that you do not sign in anywhere, the websites you visit can use various traces, such as your browser, IP address, device type, and so on, to find out who you are. This type of tracking is known as "fingerprinting." Fingerprinting is a more intrusive form of online tracking than standard cookie-based tracking. When a company creates a unique profile of you based on your computer hardware, software, add-ons, and preferences, a digital fingerprint is created. Your screen settings, fonts installed on your computer, and even the web browser you use can all be used to create a fingerprint.

If you have a frequently used laptop, PC, or smartphone, fingerprinting may make it more difficult to identify your device uniquely. However, the more distinct your add-ons and settings, the easier it will be to locate you. Fingerprinting allows you to be monitored for a very long time, even if you clear your browser history or use private browsing mode even though you don't want to be monitored.

5. It does not protect you from third-party tracking.

Incognito mode does not conceal your browsing activity from your internet service provider or employer. Also, it does not delete downloaded files. For instance, you want to conceal your online activities from the specific browser on the specific device you're using, as well as from other people using that device. Anyone who has access to your system will not know what you did on it. However, on the other hand, someone watching your network can still see whatever you've done. He could be anybody, from your internet service provider to the government, your employer to a hacker.

6. It won't let you escape from Advertisers

Yes, even if you use incognito mode more frequently, advertisers can still track you. They can easily see which all websites you visit and scour. For example, if you just scrolled through Myntra for a night party dress, you'll now see night party dress ads on any website you visit. So there is no point using incognito mode to escape advertisers; they'll anyway find you! Harsh but true!

Closing thought…

So these are the top six disadvantages of incognito mode. Many people switch to incognito mode to have peaceful browsing, but this does not provide them with the peace they seek. Undeniably, incognito has some very good advantages, but the disadvantages that it comes with are strong enough to make you think about using it.

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