How Is Anonymous View Different From Private Mode | Hacker Noon

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One of the most misunderstood features on most modern browsers is Private Mode, sometimes called incognito mode. When I am offering advice on measures people can take in their privacy such as using a private search engine or a VPN, I am told, "I don't need those, I use incognito mode."
How Is Anonymous View Different From Private Mode

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@ danarel Dan Arel Dan Arel is a journalist, author, and privacy advocate. He's also the owner of ThinkPrivacy.ch



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Worse, I have seen people in office environments using private browsing on their work computers, visiting personal sites like social media or shopping.

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This is because a vast majority of people who use private browsing, unfortunately, don't understand the limitations of the feature. In a recent study, 54% of people who use private browsing claim to use it to hide from the websites they visit, while 20% used it to hide from the internet provider: two things private browsing absolutely does not protect users from.

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What private browsing users need to understand is that the feature only works locally on the device level. It does not cover up the tracks of their comprehensive digital profile. It can hide your history, cookies, and login information only from people with access to the same computer as you.

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If you visit a non-private search engine in private browsing, it can still see your IP address, browser information, and use…
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