Chrome Finally Rolls Out a New Security Feature For Incognito Browsing On Android
Chrome has finally announced to release of the Fingerprint feature for incognito tabs, especially for their android users, this feature was foreseen the last year, and Google has now announced that it’s releasing the feature for its android users, and they will now require it to input their fingerprints in order to access the incognito mode in chrome.
The feature had already been released in chrome for iOS in 2021 and its simple requirements are that you will now “unlock” your incognito mode by inputting your fingerprint, otherwise, you won’t be able to access the incognito mode of chrome. There is also an option to “see other tabs” on the splash screen incognito, as well as an overflow menu that you can use to close all private tabs or open settings. Force closing chrome will eliminate all the pages that were opened in your incognito mode, which remains the same as before.
Google has announced that this feature has been rolled out for its android users as a part of “Data Privacy Day”, but it’s not yet widely available. Moreover, chrome is expanding safety check recommendations and reminders that are now more personalized. They will include the content you have previously shared on websites and you will be able to find the controls to revoke granted permissions and protect your privacy, all in one place.
Saying that the rest regarding chrome’s prompts of updating your app to the latest version, and its ability to analyze harmful extensions including compromised passwords will all remain the same, and will work the same as before.
So in the near future, Chrome will ask you to input your fingerprints to access the incognito mode for Android users as well. It will still be removing the incognito tabs that were previously opened, just like before, but you should know that this is an optional feature and you can choose to lock your incognito tabs so that they won’t close on you when you casually close chrome thinking that you’ll be able to go back to the tabs whenever you open chrome’s incognito mode again.
This is an optional feature and it can be enabled from chrome’s settings, you will have to open chrome’s settings then go to privacy and security from there, then toggle the option that says, “lock incognito tabs when you leave chrome”. After you’re done enabling this option you can leave chrome while in incognito mode and chrome will keep your tabs and won’t get rid of them because of this feature.
The new feature can be handy when you’re giving someone your phone and you have temporarily closed chrome but you have also enabled the optional feature to lock incognito tabs whenever you leave chrome, the last feature to keep your data safe is the newly added feature of Google due to which chrome will now ask you for your fingerprint before chrome shows all the data to another person and you don’t want any other person to see it.
Chrome has basically enhanced the security for its android users by adding another wall before accessing your incognito mode tabs.