If you think your browser’s anonymity mode lets you surf without leaving tracks, think again.
“Incognito,” “InPrivate Browsing,” “Private Browsing,” and similar modes leave numerous traces of your recent Internet activities on your PC and the Web.
Chrome is not so ‘incognito’ after all
Mehdi Sulyman ran into some rather disturbing Chrome behavior. But he soon discovered it was just the tip of an iceberg-sized problem common to all major browsers.
- “I would like to share something with you about Google Chrome’s incognito mode. Either the bug is with my PC, or it’s a general Chrome flaw.
“Since incognito mode means that nothing is saved, I would expect that the windows I save stuff to are no longer visible after closing incognito mode.”
“To simulate the flaw, simply open Chrome in incognito mode, download some stuff (say, some images off a website), and save it to a folder on your PC.
“Now close the incognito mode, open a normal Chrome window, and sign in to Gmail, Facebook, or some similar app. Choose [the files downloaded in incognito mode, and] either attach them or upload them, as applicable.