One of the problems with secure browsing is always the browser you are using. If you share a computer with your family you’re probably used to seeing everyone’s browser history, lists of files. If you visit them you’ll get the same view, cookies and histories all being shared.
It’s quite difficult to organise a surprise, buy an online gift or even just browse something without your kids following the same links the next day.
Most of the major browsers realise that there are browsers are not exactly private and have responded to this challenge. Of course you’ve been able to delete histories and cookies for a while but let’s be honest who remembers to do this.
Chrome’s Incognito mode is quite a good feature for those of us with an interest in secure browsing. It basically does all that for you, all cookies are deleted as soon as you close the session, no history is recorded.
While you are browsing in Incognito mode a little secure spy icon in the corner shows that you are protected. It’s a pretty good feature as far as it goes, the protection is fairly limited though. Your browsing is still recorded at your ISP, and logged at every web site you visit also if you download any files then they will be still on your PC.
In reality it’s a long, long way from secure browsing, while we still use HTTP all our traffic is transmitted (and be recorded in plain text) – security is a long way off unless you use something to encrypt and protect your connection too. But Chromes Incognito mode delivers what it promises and is another step closer to the ultimate secure browser.