Am I the only one that did not know about the INCOGNITO WINDOW??

@allknowing (65197)
India
January 19, 2013 3:26am CST
I accidentally came upon information that Google Chrome has a facility for users to browse data using their incognito window. Here's what happens: "[i]You've gone incognito. Pages you view in this window won't appear in your browser history or search history, and they won't leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close all open incognito windows. Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be preserved, however. Going incognito doesn't affect the behavior of other people, servers, or software. Be wary of: Websites that collect or share information about you Internet service providers or employers that track the pages you visit Malicious software that tracks your keystrokes in exchange for free smileys Surveillance by secret agents People standing behind you Because Google Chrome does not control how extensions handle your personal data, all extensions have been disabled for incognito windows. You can re-enable them individually in the extensions manager.[/i]" Are there wise users here who know about this and are happily making use of this facility. How useful is it and were there problems while browsing. Do share your experience
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10 responses
@vernaC (1493)
• Romania
19 Jan 13
This is very useful when I'm going to my husband's social pages. Of course I do this, as a wife and as a person, I make sure no one's fooling me. But I have do it secretly of course..so don't tell my husbnd okay?
@allknowing (65197)
• India
19 Jan 13
If your husband uses the incognito window then whenever he surfs his browsing data will not appear in history. How would you go about it then?
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 13
Vern! Can I've the details of your hubby so that I could inform him that you are spying .....lol!
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
19 Jan 13
Or I shall do it Deepak! I thought in the same lines an hour ago and sent a friend request to VernaC. Just wanted to be friends first and then do the work!
@nitinnair89 (2895)
• India
20 Jan 13
Most of the browsers have this facility..even IE. It allows you to be invisible like others cannot recognize you while on internet surfing harmful sites. Such tools are useful when you use internet in public places to avoid getting hacked. Stay safe. Technically speaking, when you use it, it doesn't store data about your online activity on your system.
@allknowing (65197)
• India
20 Jan 13
There must be so many features in the software that we use but hardly make use of them.I really do not need to go incognito as the only time someone borrows my pc is when guests use it. They could perhaps use that facility. I have a camera with tons of features and there too I use the bare minimum.
• India
20 Jan 13
Yeah it happens with all. I too use only those features that i need. I guess that's normal than being a techno geek.
@natliegleb (5186)
• India
20 Jan 13
its a great thing to surf cool with incognito window and share a lot of things and no one could ideally track us anytime anywhere,it has more advantages than anything ,so i normally prefer it
@allknowing (65197)
• India
20 Jan 13
The only problem would be to log in each time as it does not store the log in data which is the case as you know with the normal window.
• Philippines
20 Jan 13
I bumped to it when i was trying to delete the browser history. Then chrome advice me to use incognito (ctrl+shift+N) for times when you want to browse in secrecy mode. Since then I always using it. However, any files that I download and bookmarks that I create are preserve.
@allknowing (65197)
• India
20 Jan 13
In the computer world what I notice that we do not optimise the resources at our command. If we were to spend some time over all the features of the product we will all be pleasantly surprised as in this case!
@chiwasaki (4661)
• Philippines
20 Jan 13
I am not aware of this before but one time, my office mate saw me deleting the browser history and she advised me to use surf using incognito. I use the Ctrl + Shift + N short cut to access this. I always use this but sometimes, if I have to go back to my the previous page I accessed, I can no longer see it in the history page so I need to manually check on the site again.
@allknowing (65197)
• India
20 Jan 13
Can you not put them in your favourites. I am sure they will be stored there?
@allknowing (65197)
• India
20 Jan 13
I checked. It gets stored in 'book marks
@cupkitties (7176)
• United States
20 Jan 13
Firefox also has an option to always "use private browsing mode". which i just turned on. Now, thing is I don't see any cookies in the box, but I'm not convinced that they aren't being stored somewhere. Just as a little test, I removed mylots cookie permissions. I wasn't able to log in. This is something that normally happens whenever I have the accept cookies from sites box checked. Usually I have to add the site to an exceptions list or I can't log in. Now, I added mylot backon to that list and I was able to log in just fine. Why? I shouldn't be able to unless something has been stored. I think these guys are pulling one over on us.
• United States
20 Jan 13
What I mean is , the fact that I have to still allow the exception to log in, means that the cookies are being used.
@allknowing (65197)
• India
20 Jan 13
In my case when I opened the incognito window I had to log in each time I opened a new site including myLot even though I had ticked the stay logged in box. May be it is different for Firefox - just saying. As I said this is new to me and my be as I go along I will learn more. They do warn about: "[i]Be wary of: Websites that collect or share information about you Internet service providers or employers that track the pages you visit Malicious software that tracks your keystrokes in exchange for free smileys Surveillance by secret agents People standing behind you [/i]"
@Angelpink (4023)
• Philippines
19 Jan 13
Hi there ! No you are not the only one , and here is another one...me , who also knew it last week that there is such thing as incognito window. This thing was shared by a friend. I know it already but still i am not comfortable using it , you know me bit nervous in using new programs because i got a wrong ideas in my mind that using it might affect the programs in my desk top . I am bit slow in computer language. Have a Good Evening ..
@allknowing (65197)
• India
19 Jan 13
I just tried and all is well. In what way will it affect your desk top I do not know .May be some experts may throw some light.
@Angelpink (4023)
• Philippines
19 Jan 13
It was my wrong concept that if i used it might be some programs will be deleted or it will be affected. I just have many worries because i am afraid something will happen to the programs installed in my desktop and i don't know how to repair.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
20 Jan 13
I have never used it. I am very selfish with my laptop though so, for me, I won't worry. I have seen the option of incognito, but I never checked in to it further. If I thought I was being checked up on it would be much more fun to do a booby trap.
@allknowing (65197)
• India
20 Jan 13
I think this is a nice arrangement and it is surprising that I came to know of it only now. Not that I need to use it but atleast those who use my pc when they come on holidays they could perhaps use it and I was wondering why my nephew who came from the US did not. Could it be that I know something that he does not! He is a software engineer
• India
20 Jan 13
I am an one who just uses incognito window to do my personal things. Making use of incognito window helps me to not save the cookies or the history which I did. I just use it at some occasions. When I use this window I do not need to spent my time for deleting saved passwords or other items. I just use it especially when I surf my from cafe
@allknowing (65197)
• India
20 Jan 13
Good I found one who is already using it. Any bad points? The only thing that I found was that we have to log in each time.
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 13
Hi ak! I did not know about incognito option till I read your post. Thanks for sharing this useful information. Many a times I would not like others to check what I was doing on my PC or laptop. In that case this window will be very useful.
@allknowing (65197)
• India
19 Jan 13
You will have to use it for some time and may be there could be areas where this facility may not prove to be useful. But I don't think it is harmful.
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@Bionicman (3967)
• Czech Republic
19 Jan 13
Yes. I remember when the first beta version of Chrome came out, they made a big deal about the incognito surfing.
@allknowing (65197)
• India
19 Jan 13
Have you used it and if so what has been your experience?