Reuters: Google CEO sought to keep Incognito mode issues out of spotlight, lawsuit alleges

Reuters: Google CEO sought to keep Incognito mode issues out of spotlight, lawsuit alleges. “Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai in 2019 was warned that describing the company’s Incognito browsing mode as ‘private’ was problematic, yet it stayed the course because he did not want the feature ‘under the spotlight,’ according to a new court filing.”

9to5 Google: Google Chrome is redesigning the Incognito tab, possibly in response to $5 billion lawsuit

9to5 Google: Google Chrome is redesigning the Incognito tab, possibly in response to $5 billion lawsuit. “Live now in the Canary version of Chrome on Android, a new Incognito tab design is being implemented by Google. As the folks over at TechDows found, this appeared just this week. The ‘Revamped Incognito New Tab Page’ is disabled by default, but eventually may replace the current incognito UI on Android, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, and Mac versions of the world’s most popular browser.”

Bloomberg: Judge in Google Case Disturbed That Even ‘Incognito’ Users Are Tracked

Bloomberg: Judge in Google Case Disturbed That Even ‘Incognito’ Users Are Tracked. “When Google users browse in ‘Incognito’ mode, just how hidden is their activity?The Alphabet Inc. unit says activating the stealth mode in Chrome, or ‘private browsing’ in other browsers, means the company won’t ‘remember your activity.’ But a judge with a history of taking Silicon Valley giants to task about their data collection raised doubts Thursday about whether Google is being as forthright as it needs to be about the personal information it’s collecting from users.”

Make Tech Easier: How to Make Private Browsing Mode the Default in Various Browsers

Make Tech Easier: How to Make Private Browsing Mode the Default in Various Browsers. “To activate private browsing mode, you’ll typically need to start the browser in normal mode first, then activate this feature. Here we show you how to configure all the major browsers to launch in private browsing mode by default. By the end of this article, you’ll have made incognito, InPrivate, and private browsing the default for Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Safari.”

Google Blog: Updates to Incognito mode and your Timeline in Maps

Google Blog: Updates to Incognito mode and your Timeline in Maps. “Your Data in Maps lets you quickly access your Location History and other privacy controls with just a few taps. And on Android, Incognito mode on Google Maps stops searches or places you navigate to within Maps from being saved to your Google Account. Today, we have two updates: Incognito mode is rolling out on Google Maps for iOS today, and bulk delete in Timeline will arrive on Android next month.”

Googlers hate it! This one weird trick lets websites dodge Chrome 76’s defenses, detect you’re in Incognito mode (The Register)

The Register: Googlers hate it! This one weird trick lets websites dodge Chrome 76’s defenses, detect you’re in Incognito mode . “A week ago, Google released Chrome 76, which included a change intended to prevent websites from detecting when browser users have activated Incognito mode. Unfortunately, the web giant’s fix opened another hole elsewhere. It enabled a timing attack that can be used to infer when people are using Incognito mode.”

ComputerWorld: Google’s Chrome 76 arrives, blocking Flash in its entirety and stealthing incognito mode

ComputerWorld: Google’s Chrome 76 arrives, blocking Flash in its entirety and stealthing incognito mode. “Google Chrome 76 takes the process of eliminating Flash a step further: instead of simply blocking Flash objects, Flash simply isn’t allowed to load. You can still turn it on via the settings menu, though each site must explicitly be given permission to run Flash. By the end of 2020, Flash should be removed entirely by Chrome, according to the Chromium roadmap.”

Browser Extensions for Incognito Mode

Interesting stuff from Guiding Tech: 3 Chrome Extensions to Enhance Your Incognito Mode Experience. “Incognito mode is one of the safest ways to browse stuff that we wanna hide from prying eyes. Search queries that are very embarrassing. Many people even use it for security purposes, like an important banking transaction. Well, for whatever purpose you might use it for, it’s not easy an mode to navigate on. Many options get walled to provide you the best possible encapsulated environment. So, here I’d like to show you some cool Chrome extensions that will help you browse better, privately.”