Browsing adult websites in your browser’s Incognito mode is not private as you think
These are depressing Coronavirus pandemic times and three quarters the world’s population is sitting at home due to the compulsory lockdown. The Internet is the only gateway for people with alternatives like working from home, watching videos, listening to music, chatting with friends, surfing the web, etc. In these times, adult entertainment websites are clear winners with reports suggesting that the top adult entertainment provider, Pornhub’s visitors, has risen exponentially due to the coronavirus lockdown. It also helps that adult websites like Pornhub have waived their membership fees up to June 30, 2020, for new subscribers.
Most people watching adult movies think it is safe to use the browser’s Incognito Mode. Some users use the Incognito Mode to download torrents. However, using the incognito mode or private mode doesn’t make your adult viewing habits or your torrent downloads private. It is a fact that Incognito mode doesn’t save history but that’s about the only protection it grants you.
Why surfing in Incognito is not private?
Opening the private or incognito mode in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer only ensures that your PC/laptop does not remember your online activity. Incognito mode is basically “use and forget”. The web browser will make sure your web searches and online history are not visible the next time you log in. And that is all that it does.
However, that doesn’t mean that Incognito surfing is private or anonymous. You Incognito browsing is stored by your ISP, your company(if you are using your company’s PC and Wi-Fi), and eventually the browser maker.
Your internet service provider – or ISP – is able to monitor every webpage and web search you made from your PC/laptop. This data can be collected by the Government agencies with a written request and without a warrant.
Also, the Incognito Mode is tied up with your normal browser. Try opening your bank account or email webpage in Incognito mode. You will find that the data like your username and password are filled up despite the Incognito mode not saving your data. Most browsers pull data from local memory to fill such details in both normal as well as Incognito mode.
What does Google say about the privacy of its Chrome browser Incognito Mode?
If you haven’t disabled or paused your Google Web History in the MyGoogleActivity– you can log-in and track your adult surfing activity there, too.
What about other browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge?
Most browsers do the same thing that Google does. Like Google, Mozilla Firefox uses an almost-identical disclaimer on its private browsing mode. Mozilla states that “while this computer won’t have a record of your browsing history, your employer or internet service provider can still track the pages you visit.”
Then there is something called Super Cookies. Most websites use Super Cookies to track your movements across the web even when you are browsing in private mode. Super Cookies are regular, lightweight programs and sit on a website to fingerprint users who visit the page. When you return to that particular page again at a later date, the website is able to track your activity between the two visits.
Next time you visit an adult or a private website, considering the above facts. It is unwise to think that your Incognito Mode surfing habits are either private or anonymous. If you really want to be anonymous, use a free VPN service like this one but don’t be under the impression that your Incognito browsing records are private.