Merilee’s Tips & Tricks for Reporters: Going Incognito
By Merilee S. Johnson, RDR, CRR, CRC, RSA
The Internet, too, is filled with shady creatures, and not all of them are well meaning. As reporters, we’re searching the Internet every day, looking for spellings of names, searching for companies, deciphering a word someone may have said, and all other sorts of nuances. We don’t have that same level of anonymity or trust of everyone who knocks on our virtual door.
During this Halloween season, disguise your computer from those ghouls and goblins that track our computers, and start searching in “Incognito Mode.”
Incognito Mode is a setting on Google Chrome that limits what Chrome remembers about your browsing history. It’s a helpful tool, but it’s important to note that it does not offer complete anonymity.
When using Incognito Mode, Chrome won’t save your browsing history, cookies and site data, or information filled into forms. And, when you browse privately, other people who use the same device won’t see your activity.
While browsing in Incognito Mode, search and browse as you normally would. When you close the window, all activity is cleared from Chrome.
While Incognito Mode is just one part of your Internet privacy and security plan, it’s an easily implemented way to keep the Internet a little less spooky this Halloween.