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Chrome Android incognito mode is adding an extra layer of security with PIN, face unlock, or even fingerprint access. The new feature highlights ways that can improve users’ security through their phone when accessing incognito mode.
Google Incognito Mode
According to the story by SlashGear, private browsing, otherwise known as incognito mode, is one of the very basic forms of privacy protection mechanisms existing in web browsers today. Although it can sometimes be mistaken for complete privacy protection, incognito mode actually only makes sure that the user won’t leave any traces of their activity on the browser itself.
The protection, however, can be considered quite pointless if there is already someone else that holds the users’ phone and the browser is left open. This is why Google has now been working on another re authentication mechanism for its incognito mode scheduled to come to Android pretty soon.
PIN or Biometric Authentication
Physical access to a particular device will almost always make security features quite moot. This is especially true when the users’ phone is already unlocked. Incognito mode can also be rendered useless when the tabs are already opened within the browsers’ background. Google allows complete search history deletion despite not even using incognito mode.
All that it would take is for an unauthorized user to simply switch everything back to it in order to see what the original user has been secretly browsing. Another lock for the incognito mode would add an extra layer of security. This is presumably if users already have enabled their PIN or biometric authentication on their device.
Chrome Android Canary Version
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