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Google to make private browsing more secure in Chrome’s Incognito mode

Google’s next update to its Chrome browser will bar sites from collecting your data in incognito mode.

tech Updated: Feb 18, 2019 20:10 IST
Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan
Hindustan Times
Google to block sites from tracking you in incognito mode
Google to block sites from tracking you in incognito mode(Google/Screenshot)

Many websites including Facebook collect your on-device data such as cookies to serve you targeted advertising. Privacy conscious users prefer browsing in Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode than the regular browsing.

Google Chrome’s privacy mode, however, doesn’t completely bar sites or applications from tracking you. Over the years, hackers and developers have found loophoples in the incognito mode and have managed to track you and your web activity.

Platforms such as Stack Overflow are flooded with tips and tricks to bypass Google Chrome’s restrictions in the incognito mode, reports 9to5Google. Some companies are using paywalls such as The Boston Globe to block users surfing in the incognito mode.

Google is now finally addressing the problem with a mechanism that bars hackers and malicious websites to track your web activity even browsing in Chrome’s incognito mode. Interestingly enough, the fix from Google is coming years after knowing the loopholes in the privacy mode.

According to 9to5Google, Google is planning to drop an API called FileSystem. This API is mostly used for creating temporary or permanent files. The API can create permanent files after exiting the incognito mode. The company is now working on a virtual file system for Chrome’s incognito mode using the device’s RAM. This will enable an end-to-end privacy mode for Chrome users.

The new feature is expected to be part of the next Chrome 74 update.

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