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How to enable an incognito mode on Chromebook

Sometimes users for various reasons may need, an incognito mode in the browser. Well, if you have a Chromebook, then you’re in luck because you can very easily enable this mode.

What do you need to enable an incognito mode on Chromebook

If you want to find something a little awkward online and don’t want others to know about it, you can use incognito mode. Almost everyone has at some point tried to log into their PC’s web browser through incognito mode or web browser private session mode. It gives a sense of security and privacy when you realize that no one will know what you’ve been doing online.

Unfortunately, things don’t always work out the way you expect them to. Incognito mode can be a good solution for private browsing. However, it doesn’t wash away all traces of your activity. The websites you visit still know you, as well as your Internet service provider. So if you’re concerned about privacy, incognito mode won’t work.

Furthermore, incognito mode isn’t safe for children and students. In fact, never tell your kids about incognito mode because they will always use it to hide their personal or school activities from you. If you don’t know what your kids are doing online, it can lead to a lot of trouble.

Nevertheless, there are positive aspects to the incognito mode. For example, if you want to give a gift to your other half and don’t want him or her to know that you were looking for something for him or her.

Well, if you need an extra period of privacy or just one hour so you can buy the perfect gift for someone who also uses your PC, here’s how you can enable an incognito mode on your Chromebook.

How to turn on an incognito mode on Chromebook

If you want to turn in an incognito mode on your Chromebook, you have to follow these steps:

  • First of all, open the Chrome web browser on your Chromebook.
  • Then, click on the “three dots” icon at the top right corner of the screen.
  • From the drop down menu, select the “New Incognito window” option. Alternatively, you can press the “Ctrl + Shift + N” key combination to open a new incognito window.
  • Finally, this is how the incognito window does look like.

Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to open the new tab in the incognito mode on your Chromebook.

What is incognito mode in more detail

Incognito mode is a browsing mode set in Google Chrome to provide more privacy and protection for the user when surfing the web. There are many different versions of incognito mode in different web browsers, but they all work the same way.

When you enter incognito mode, a separate window opens to view web pages, which works the same as in regular Chrome, except for a few key differences. When you’re in incognito mode, Chrome doesn’t save your browser history, cookies, site data, or the data you enter into forms on websites.

While using incognito mode prevents other people using your PC (or Google Account) from seeing what you’re doing, the websites you visit, your school or office administrator (if you use a company or school device or are on a corporate or school internet site), and your internet service provider can still see your activity.

In addition, any bookmarks you’ve saved or downloads you’ve made will remain intact after you exit incognito mode.

Why do you need to use an incognito mode on your Chromebook

There are many reasons why you might want to use Incognito mode on your Google Chromebook, and they certainly don’t have to be illegal or potentially embarrassing (although using it for such reasons remains one of the main incentives for Chrome users).

As mentioned earlier, it’s probably best to use incognito mode on a shared PC when buying gifts or organizing events for another Chromebook user. Incognito mode means that they will never guess that you were looking for the perfect gift or booking a vacation until you tell them yourself. It’s especially handy in the lead-up to birthdays and holidays.

What happens to browser history when you exit an incognito mode on Chromebook

It’s completely erased from your Chromebook as if it never existed in the first place. In other words, no matter what sites you visit or what search engine queries you make, no record of that activity will be stored on your Chromebook or in your Google account.

While your ISP, the websites themselves, and any related school or company administrators may technically have access to this activity, any other user of your PC or Google account won’t be able to see your browsing history in incognito mode.

Can you install Tor browser on your Chromebook

The Tor website says that there’s no official Tor client for ChromeOS. There’s a Tor app for Android and since the Chromebook can run Android apps, you can use it on your Chromebook.

However, it’s not ideal. The websites you visit think you’re using a mobile device (such as a smartphone). The version of the website you’ll see is adaptive. They’re designed for small screens in portrait mode.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to install a real Tor browser on your Chromebook. It uses the Linux subsystem for ChromeOS. If you haven’t activated Linux on your Chromebook, you’ll need to do that first.

Unfortunately, the Linux subsystem may not be available on older Chromebooks.

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