Many users believe that surfing the web in anonymous, or private, mode is sufficient to evade malicious sites, steal data, and protect their identity. Not quite. Anonymous browsing, whether on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and any other browser is useful for keeping track of your browsing history, and getting rid of ads popping up everywhere. However, the feature does not make the user completely invisible, and does not prevent the computer administrator to know what type of website accessed at work. I need to be aware of the myths and truths of using the Internet without a trace. Here are eight myths and truths about browser incognito.
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1. Browsing in private mode keeps you completely anonymous
MYTH. Many users believe that surfing the web anonymously enough to make them invisible is a mistake. Depending on the computer you use, you can keep a record of your visit even with incognito mode enabled. In addition, this option does not prevent you from being monitored, as even if you do not log this information locally, your IP address is still active. This means that your ISP also has access to data, as do mass surveillance agencies.
2. Anonymous Mode Helps Secure Financial Transactions
MYTH. While important to avoid logging data to public computers, incognito mode is not entirely safe. Malicious sites, for example, may still be able to access your data. To avoid this kind of inconvenience is not enough to activate the feature, you need to check the credibility of the site you are using, and always check your data and vouchers. See how to stay safe when using internet banking.
3. Anonymous Area Passing may be cheaper
TRUTH. This tip is useful for those who keep an eye on area ticket search sites. When you use incognito mode to search, you prevent it from being customized. Outside of incognito mode, the site you are browsing stores your information, and then customizes the results. That is, it can show you areas that the algorithm finds most relevant to your buying profile rather than the cheapest.
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4. Browser in anonymous mode does not store email and password used to login
TRUTH. This is one of the great advantages of using anonymous mode. Especially when you are in a public place, or using a computer other than yours. The incognito mode is for the browser not to locally record data relating to activities performed on your PC or mobile phone. This means that information about downloads, cookies, login and password, as well as data filled in forms will not be recorded. This way, every time you try to join a site in incognito mode, you will need to fill in all the data again.
Logins and passwords will not be saved in a browser in incognito mode Photo: Playback / Elson de Souza
5. Search Ads and Search Records Disappear
TRUTH. On many sites, advertisements are tailored to the user's interests and searches. Just do a Google search to start seeing related advertisements on every site you visit. Anonymous browsing is a good way to get away from it. If you are searching for a gift in order to surprise someone, do everything anonymously and the search logs will disappear, preventing ads from starting to pop up on the screen.
In incognito mode you do not need to use the ad blocker Photo: Ad Blocker (Photo: Felipe Alencar / dnetc)
6. Anonymous mode disables browser plugins
TRUTH. If an incognito navigation does not create data in the browser history or store cookies on your machine, it is expected that the feature will also serve to automatically disable any plugins and add-ons installed on your computer. This will ensure that they do not disturb your privacy while you use the web anonymously. And it will disable any extension installed on your browser, ensuring complete freedom of navigation for the user.
Plugins will be automatically deactivated without you having to configure your browser Photo: (Photo: Playback)
7. With anonymous mode I can use two accounts of the same service at the same time
TRUTH. If you want to keep two email accounts open at the same time, without logging out of the first one to check out what's new in the second, anonymous mode makes it possible. When you try to use another email by opening a new tab in the browser, it automatically disconnects from the account opened on the side tab. To escape this, simply open a new window in incognito mode.
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