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Why "incognito mode" won't keep you safe online

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

04 November 2015

Many browsers these days have an Incognito mode; a browsing mode that purports to keep users hidden whilst they’re online. You can usually turn it on with just a click of a button, and the presence of a little detective-looking icon makes you feel a little bit safer. A little bit more anonymous.

But what does incognito mode do? This mode stops any browsing data from being recorded within the browser. When you close the window down, the browsing history is deleted, and any cookies that have been created during that session are also deleted.

However, the only people this protects you from are the people in your own home. The Incognito mode might be a good way to stop your dad, your sister or your boyfriend from seeing what websites you’ve been on, but it certainly won’t protect you online.

So how does Incognito work? Incognito mode might stop your browser from logging your browsing data, but it still leaves that information wide open to your operating system, your internet service provider, the websites you visit and even your router. When streaming content, whether you’re in ‘Incognito’ mode or not, you open yourself up to data storing, and this mode does not hide your IP address, meaning that information such as your location, your browser, your operating system and even your physical address might still be seen.

Want to be truly protected online? Use a VPN.

SurfEasy VPN secures your browsing by ensuring that all the data that flows between the Internet and your computer, iOS device, Android phone or tablet is subjected to bank-grade encryption, ensuring that there is no logging of your download history, web browsing or even your IP address from outside sources. We don’t even keep any logs ourselves, as we don’t sell your data to third parties so don’t need to keep that information.

We even give you a free trial, so you can try it out and make sure it’s for you.

If you’re not already signed up to SurfEasy, you can get started today at – and ensure you don’t have to rely on the Incognito mode ever again!

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