PC Doctor January 23, 2015

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Dear PC Doctor:
 
We share one computer in our house.  Sometimes I look at sites on the internet that I’d rather nobody know about.  A friend told me about using Chrome Incognito.  What is that?  Is it a program?  Is it a way to keep my internet use private? 
 
      Thanks, Fred
 
Dear Fred:
 
If you are using Google Chrome as your browser, there is a feature called Incognito that you may use.  To get started browsing incognito, click the Chrome menu (three horizontal stripes in the top-right corner of the browser window), and select New Incognito Window.”
 
When you browse the web in Incognito, Chrome doesn’t save a record of what you visit and download.  Incognito won’t leave browsing history or cookies on your computer.  If you use Chrome in Incognito mode, it will not transmit any pre-existing cookies to sites that you visit.  Sites may deposit new cookies on your system but they will only be temporarily stored and transmitted to sites while you remain in Incognito mode.  They will be deleted when you close the browser and close all open Incognito windows.
 
It won’t, however, make you invisible on the web.  Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be kept.  Going incognito doesn’t hide your browsing from your employer or the websites you visit.  Your internet service provider could still see what sites you visited and search engines can still track your searches.
 
So, it sounds like Incognito won’t keep your browsing private from the others in your household who use your computer.  You may want to either clear all history every time you use the internet, or set up separate password protected accounts for each individual user.  You didn’t say whether you are using mac or pc, but both have the option of setting up separate accounts.
 
Until next time… Happy Computing!
 
      PC Doctor

Posted: to Athol Library News on Fri, Jan 23, 2015
Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

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