Get every Android phone owner to turn on the new setting – ignoring it could cost you

ANDROID users can now turn on a smart feature that protects some of your most private activities.

It’s a simple hack that takes seconds to activate – but it can be very valuable.


You can now lock incognito tabs in Google Chrome on AndroidCredit: Google / Android

The trick is related to Incognito mode, which is a Google Chrome browser setting that stops saving your web history.

But if you leave the Incognito tab open, anyone with access to your smartphone can see it.

So, if you are searching for birthday gifts for your partner, it may be revealed by mistake.

Google has now added a feature that lets you lock incognito tabs, as it was first spotted 9to5Google.

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So anyone trying to access incognito mode will need to unlock it using something like fingerprint scanning.

Part of the problem with incognito mode is that you may want to leave a tab open in the app.

But this creates a cybersecurity risk because anyone can see it if they have access to your phone.

A new locking trick can help avoid this kind of problem.

safety first

Of course, this is not a foolproof system.

All you get here is the ability to block someone holding your phone from seeing your incognito tabs.

Even Incognito mode itself can only do so much.

It simply prevents your online activity from being saved to your browser history.

But websites can still see that you are accessing them.

Your Internet Service Provider can also see and record that you have visited a particular website.

For more protection on this front, you may want to consider using a VPN (Virtual Private Network).

This is an application that encrypts and redirects your Internet traffic to prevent prying eyes – including your Internet provider – from seeing exactly what you are looking at.

So if you are paranoid about government spying, or you want to use public WiFi somewhere like an airport with more confidence, a VPN can be Great privacy tool.

How to turn on incognito mode

Turning on the new feature is very simple.

First, make sure you are using the latest versions of Android and Google Chrome.

Then go to Settings > Privacy and Security.

Now find the setting “Lock incognito tabs when leaving Chrome” and turn it on.

Once this is done, your incognito tabs will be locked when you leave the Google Chrome app.

If you can’t see the setting yet, don’t panic.

It is currently rolling out, so it may not appear on your phone yet.

You can force the feature to activate beforehand by entering the following in Chrome: chrome://flags/#incognito-reauthentication-for-android

But this will only work if you are using a very recent version of Android.

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