What incognito mode is really for

Browser incognito mode allows you to surf without being tracked. Here are the cases in which it is mandatory to use it

Those who are more attentive to privacy and security while surfing the Internet very often use incognito, or private, browsing, allowed by a special mode now present on all browsers for computers and mobile devices. Few, however, really know what the differences are between normal browsing and incognito browsing.

And this is not good, because then you risk to underestimate the (few) dangers that still remain, even using the incognito mode while browsing. Others, on the other hand, think that incognito browsing is only useful when connecting from a friend's PC or a publicly accessible device. Still others use it from their own device, but only when connecting to a public Wi-Fi network. In short, there's a lot of confusion and too many people don't know what incognito mode is really for. Here are some useful answers to make the best use of private browsing.

Incognito mode: what does it mean

It's clear, even from the name, that incognito mode is used to avoid being recognized and tracked by the sites we visit. This is mainly because in this mode the browser doesn't store search history data, cookies, download history and the login credentials we use to connect to sites. If we try to access our online bank incognito, for example, we'll be asked for our username and password, which the browser would enter on its own by auto-filling if we weren't incognito. But be careful: if we download files from the Internet while we are incognito, those files will not be visible among the downloads recorded by the browser, but they will still be present in the memory of the device with which we downloaded them.

But that's not all: even while surfing incognito, the Internet Service Provider that provides the connection to which we are connected can track the IP address of the device. Even websites can do this, although they have more difficulty in linking them to the user. Some trace, therefore, remains even if we surf incognito.

When to use incognito surfing

In light of all this, it's clear that incognito surfing is especially useful in specific cases. When we use someone else's computer, especially if it's a computer in a public place, then we should turn it on. When we want to log into an account but we don't want the login data to be stored, then we should activate it. When we want to open multiple accounts at the same time on the same site, then we will be forced to activate it. When we need to search for products or services online, but we don't want ads to later show those products or services (or similar products and services), then we should activate it.