What is anonymous browsing mode in browsers

Many people use incognito browsing to increase their privacy on the Internet, but in reality it does not guarantee that their data is completely anonymous

Incognito browsing, anonymous browsing or anonymous mode. This feature has several names. Depending on the browser we use. However, the end result is almost always the same. We choose it when we want the search for sites not to remain saved in the search history.

Usersers use the incognito mode believing that their privacy is safe. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact, the IP address (a kind of personal address that identifies a device connected to the Internet) remains visible to outsiders who know what sites we are visiting. The only protection is on a local level, where the pages we have visited are not tracked. In short, anonymous browsing can be a good coverage, but it only works on your computer or smartphone. Here's what incognito browsing is and how it works.

How anonymous browsing works

Let's start by saying that incognito or anonymous browsing changes depending on the browser we use. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera, just to name a few. In "classic" browsing, the browser saves our browsing history, cookies from the various sites we visit, writing forms we've filled out, saved passwords, downloaded files, and all searches made in the search bar. This data is visible not only to ourselves, but also to our employer (if we use a company device), our Internet service provider, and the sites we visit. With incognito surfing, some of these data are not saved on our PCs, but are still visible to the persons listed above. As for cookies, they are usually saved but only for the duration of the incognito surfing. Incognito browsing can also be useful to use several pages of the same social network in unison. For example, if in the navigation, which we can define as classic, we open Facebook, it usually returns our profile where we are already logged in. If we want to access with another account, perhaps the corporate one, we can open a window in incognito. In this case we will be asked to log in and passwords will not be saved for future access. Even if we forget to log out.

Incognito Browsing Risks

Let's start by saying that incognito browsing does not protect our device from malware such as spyware or stalkerware. Be careful then about the browsers we use, some are set to track certain movements of the user even when the user sets up anonymous browsing. Also, incognito browsing does not allow you to bypass parental controls. So if your parents monitor the sites you visit, they will still know what you look at even if you surf incognito. The same is true on computers in a school network, an office, or a training center. If we want to really hide our browsing one of the best methods could be to download the web browser Tor.