A coin has two sides. In a similar vein, a private browser also has two sides. The majority of people know only one side, that is, a private browser will not store any history, cookies, form data, or anything else. But they hardly know the other side. This article does not intend to put private browsers in the negative light but to discuss the relevant facts whether they are safe.
Before delving deep inside the article, first, you need to have a basic understanding. Just because the browser has private sounding names such as private browsing, private tab, and private window, it does not mean it is completely private. Got it? It is important to understand what a private browser does and does not.
Incognito only on a work device
Are you sure that browsing in an incognito mode is truly private? First of all, what do you think of privacy? Do you think privacy is somewhat like searching the web in complete anonymity? But private browsing is not what you think or imagine. Of course, private browse settings won’t retain your cookies, browsing history, search records, or files you downloaded. At the same time, private browsing may not offer the complete mask of privacy.
Using private browser, you can remain incognito only on the device you work, which means your information won’t be stored only on your computer. Your privacy ends here. Do you know the fact that your employer, internet service provider, the websites you visited, and government agencies can see your information including your browsing history, passwords and cookies, despite you are in an incognito mode? After all, incognito mode is not an invisible mode, right.
Once again, try to understand the basic of private browsing. Private browsing mode was not created to hide your identity, rather it was primarily designed to make it easier to use shared computers.
Why is not truly private?
As already discussed, the aim of the private browsing is just to prevent information from being automatically stored on your computer, information like browsing history and downloaded cookies. That’s all. Even some web browsers provide private browsing by stating that they may not guarantee complete privacy.
When you use private browsing, you can hide your Internet activity hidden from others who use the same computer or devices that you have used. The drawback is the cookies used during your private browsing sessions can provide information about your browsing behavior to third parties, which indicates the fact that your Internet activity can be tracked.
Last but not least, before going online always be sure to install and use robust security software on all of your devices even if you do private browsing. By doing so, you can prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to online tracks you may leave behind.