We all have some secrets we would prefer nobody ever find out, and if there鈥檚 one 21st century trick that every keeper of secrets knows, it鈥檚 鈥淚ncognito Mode鈥 browsing. Whether you鈥檙e shopping for presents on a shared computer or stalking an ex watching embarrassing videos, every sly internet user has used private browsing as a way to stay secret. Well, it turns out that incognito mode is not as private as you probably thought.


For the uninitiated: Incognito mode is that 鈥減rivate鈥 browsing feature on either your phone or computer that lets you take care of private matters privately. Basically, this way of browsing stops your browser from storing information about what you鈥檙e doing online. The sites you surfed in incognito mode will not show up on your history, and autofill features will not remember what you typed in.

HOWEVER, just because you鈥檙e surfing incognito does not mean you鈥檙e surfing away from prying eyes. Your service provider, the government and eager hackers can still totally see what you鈥檙e doing using information from your IP address. And here鈥檚 something super important: Although you may think you鈥檙e being super clever by surfing incognito as a way around your work鈥檚 internet monitoring system, you鈥檙e not.

We repeat: Incognito will not hide your information from prying eyes on different computers, it just makes it so your browser does not store anything you鈥檝e done. So depending how freaky or secret you want to get online, you may want to rethink what you鈥檙e doing incognito.

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