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The problem with incognito mode

Google Chrome’s incognito mode doesn’t stop your boss seeing what you’re browsing
Google Chrome’s incognito mode doesn’t stop your boss seeing what you’re browsing

THINK you can get away with looking at saucy stuff online using Incognito Mode at work? Well think again.

A Google developer has revealed that bosses can still keep tabs on employees' web use on work devices - even if they use the more covert browser.

Darin Fisher, who helped create Google Chrome, said the tech giant "agonised" over naming the secretive tab, which does not save browsing history or cookies.

It is most commonly used to look up blue movies or x-rated snaps without the risk of being rumbled by someone who uses the same device.

But as Mr Fisher explained, they did not want to call it "privacy mode" - as it is not completely private.

He told online mag Thrillist: "When you launch the incognito tab there's this disclaimer there where we really try to help make it really clear to people that your activity is certainly still visible to the websites you visit and could be visible to your employer, to your school, and to your [internet service provider] of course".

Clearly, it’s not as private as you might think.
Clearly, it’s not as private as you might think.

It means staff could still be hauled up for using company computers to search for blue content even if Chrome's Incognito mode was used.

Users will notice that there is a brief warning when opening the secretive window which gives a small disclaimer.

It says that your activity "might still be visible to" the websites you visit, "including the ads and resources used on those sites".

It reads: "Pages that you view in incognito tabs won't stick around in your browser's history, cookie store or search history after you've closed all of your incognito tabs.

"Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be kept.

"However, you aren't invisible. Going incognito doesn't hide your browsing from your employer, your internet service provider or the websites that you visit."

Incognito is instead recommended for avoiding unwanted cookies and keeping web use secret from other users of the same device, Mr Fisher added.

This article originally appeared on The Sun.

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