Browsers Security

4 Things to Keep in Mind When You Go Incognito Online

Akshata Shanbhag 17-02-2016

When you enter the private browsing mode in your browser, you can safely assume that the sites you visit don’t get recorded by your browser. That doesn’t mean you should feel free to forget these basic facts about going incognito on the web.


1. You don’t become anonymous online. Only your online activity stays secret from the people who use the computer after you. You’re still susceptible to tracking when in private browsing 6 Ways You Can Be Tracked in Incognito or Private Browsing Mode Private browsing is private in 99% of cases, but can private browsing be hacked? Can you tell what someone has viewed incognito? Read More , not to mention that your ISP or Internet Service Provider always knows what you’re up to.

2. Your downloads stay on your computer or phone. Any files that you have downloaded while in private browsing stay on your device even after you have ended the browser session. They don’t show up in your browser’s downloads though. Leaving these sensitive files lying around for anyone to find defeats the purpose of browsing incognito, so be sure to hide, encrypt, or shred them.

3. You can’t escape surveillance. Your browsing history may not be logged in private browsing mode, but your IP address still is. This means that your digital activity in private mode can be traced back to you by any setup that can monitor IP addresses.

4. Technical glitches can make private browsing not so private. Think Microsoft Edge’s flawed InPrivate mode Microsoft Edge Fails Privacy Test, Facebook Takes Your Guns... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Edge is storing your private data, Facebook stops users selling guns to each other, Lonely Planet offers free travel guides, Netflix brings Gilmore Girls back to life, and The Fine Brothers are losing subscribers. Read More .


Private browsing is one of those things that feels safe because it looks safe. It’s safe as long as you understand what private browsing isn’t and use it accordingly. If you want more privacy than the kind private browsing brings you, switch to a VPN 8 Instances You Weren't Using a VPN but Should've Been: The VPN Checklist If you haven't already considered subscribing to a VPN to secure your privacy, now is the time. Read More , although that won’t make you 100% anonymous on the web either.

Does private browsing make your feel invisible online?

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Related topics: Online Privacy, Online Security, Private Browsing.

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  1. Tenzen
    February 17, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Nop Not at All.A VPN Is An Must.