Some browsers call it incognito mode, others private window. In the end, we’re talking about the same thing. These names can be misleading. Many users think they are actually going to browse anonymously, but that is not the reality.
What protection does the incognito mode give you?
This mode is useful to protect your information from people who are going to use the same computer. The incognito mode doesn’t keep your history, cookies or passwords.
Situations when the private mode can be useful:
- If you want to access your email or some other personal account from a friend’s computer. It’s safer because the browser won’t keep your passwords.
- If you suspect that someone you know is going to check your browser’s history. This kind of navigation is good in this case because nothing is saved in the browsing history.
- If you use a public computer, like in a cyber cafe. The people who are going to use it after you won’t be able to access any of your browsing data or passwords.
What are the dangers this mode doesn’t protect you from?
- The websites you visit are still able to see your IP address, and they can monitor your searches.
- Your Internet Service Provider can see all your activity.
- Any monitoring agency has access to your data and activity.
- Hackers are still able to attack and access your system.
As we mentioned before, the source of this confusion is the name. The private browser only gives you privacy from the ones who are going to use the same computer. It’s normally people you know, like family or friends. Having that said, it’s obvious that this method doesn’t give you any anonymity against entities who are trying to track your activity.
How to have real anonymity?
The solution is hiding your real IP address and encrypting your data. The best way to achieve that is with a good Virtual Private Network. It takes care of hiding your real IP, keeping you safe from those entities who are trying spy on you through your IP. Furthermore, all your internet activity will be encrypted. Not only these entities cannot see your real IP, but they are also not able to track your activity. The VPN encrypts the information at each end of the tunnel and no one can trace or see your data, not even your ISP. The only thing your ISP knows is that you are using a VPN service, which is completely legal.
The VPN also takes care of hackers. They won’t be able to identify you or get in your system. The only thing they can do is to go after your new IP, the one given to you by the VPN server you are connected to. They will be lead to the remote VPN server, not to your system. Once they realize they are going after a VPN server, they give up immediately.