* Google’s Vice President for Chrome confirms anything you watch in Incognito Mode is certainly still visible
* Instead it is designed to allow people share a PC without mixing up browser cookies
If you think what you get about in your work PC’s Incognito Mode is safe from the prying eyes of your bosses, think again.
Dan Fisher, Google Vice President for Chrome and one of the developers that helped create the Incognito Mode in December 2008, explained that bosses can still keep tabs on their employees’ web activities even when using the seemingly private browsing mode.
Mr Fisher told Thrillist, an online magazine that they chose not to call it “privacy mode” for the simple reason it is not private. He confirmed that their primary intention is to allow people share computers without mixing up another user’s cookies.
Fisher said the Incognito Mode is designed for events like a boyfriend looking for engagement ring and doesn’t want his girlfriend to see, he can keep that content secret.
“When you launch the Incognito tab, there’s this disclaimer there where we make it clear to people that your activity is certainly still visible to the websites you visit and could be visible to your employer, to your school and to the internet service provider of course,” said Dan Fisher.
Cookies are small piece of data stored on a computer by websites visited. It can be used for example by airlines to track a user’s web activities in order to hike fare prices for them when booking flights. So when checking for flights, browsing in Incognito Mode could help you save some money.
Mr Fisher also recommends that a user first visits a site in Incognito Mode if they are unsure about its reliability.