One of the factors that have made the success of Google Chrome is the incognito mode (also echoed by other competing browsers). The incognito browsing mode, as can be easily guessed from its name, allows you to visit any Web site without the PC traces are left of the navigation. Does not save history, cookies are not stored on the computer as well as temporary files related to the Web sites visited during the browsing session.
With this guide, I want to deepen this function illustrating how to navigate in Chrome incognito with taking advantage of all the tools at our disposal by the browser. We will also see how to make it more useful and easier to use the incognito thanks to some free extensions that I highly recommend you try. Let’s start!
Let’s start with functions, we’ll see how to navigate incognito with Chrome using the functions provided by Google. To open a new window in incognito, you have to click the Chrome menu (the one located at the top right) and select New incognito window from the menu that appears.
Alternatively, you can press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + N on the PC keyboard (cmd + shift + N on the Mac) or click with the right mouse button on the icon of Chrome that is located in the Windows taskbar and select New incognito window from the menu that appears.
When surfing the Internet you can find a link to a site that you want to visit without leaving traces on your PC , you can connect to it with the incognito mode activated by right-clicking the link and selecting Open link in incognito window menu that opens.
By default, when you start to navigate in incognito with Chrome the browser disables all installed extensions. However, you can bypass this restriction by choosing to keep certain add-ins also active when browsing incognito. How can you do it? Now we find out right away.
All you need to do is click on the Menu button in Chrome and select Tools> Extensions from the menu. In the window, locate the add-ons that intend to keep active even in incognito mode and put the check mark next to “Allow in incognito” to apply the changes. However, some extensions can store their data extension of the sites you’ve visited incognito, so they are potentially incisive privacy factor.
Now let’s see how we can extend and usefulness of Chrome’s incognito thanks to a couple of free add-ons for your browser:
- Ghost incognito – allows you to open automatically in incognito mode certain Internet sites chosen by the user. To use it, just connect to any page of the site to visit always in incognito and click on the extension icon present in the Chrome toolbar ( the ghost gray). Each time during normal sailing you visit the site added to the “black list”, it will open automatically in incognito mode.
- Incognito This! – A handy extension that allows you to open the current page in incognito mode by clicking on its icon in the toolbar of Chrome. It also adds the ability to launch the incognito from the address bar by typing the unknown term followed by site visit. Unlike Ghost Incognito, does not save the sites to always open in incognito .
That’s all. Before closing this guide, however, let me point out that the incognito mode of Chrome does not hide your identity online, you just leave no traces on your PC.