The concept of incognito tabs has really changed the way many of us browse in today’s world. It may not hide your browsing activity from internet providers and annoying third parties on a mission to track you, but it has its benefits. This includes hiding all of your history as well as the cookies used to determine your location in a regular browsing task.
But as time goes on, we get more and more news about how Google can change things even further. And by that, we mean the idea of locking your incognito tabs with biometric authentication. How wonderful is this sound?
The tech giant is testing a new flag on Chrome that can do just that. Until now, it will be possible to hide from those who deal with your tablets and mobile phones.
According to our results, the feature has not yet been widely launched. But it comes slowly and steadily for Android users. If you get a little impatient and want to take advantage of it right away, feel free to activate it by downloading the Chrome Canary version and enable the new flag feature by searching”Enable device authentication for incognito browsingIn the Chrome Experimental Flags section here chrome: // flags Or you can simply copy and paste this: chrome://flags/#incognito-reauthentication-for-android In Chrome Canary to enable Incognito Lock.
After restarting this browser, you will see an option to lock incognito tabs after exiting Chrome in Settings > Security & Privacy. Tap on it and activate it, but you’ll need to work a bit more to unlock the feature when you want to access it again, right after you leave the Chrome browser.
Fortunately, the company says you can still get a chance to instantly close the Incognito buttons via a similar notification alert without unlocking.
In case you didn’t know, the concept of unlocking via Fingerprints is definitely not new. It’s been in the business for a while now. It was the first time we saw it take center stage on the search engine giant last year. During that time, we’ve seen the flag pop up on Chrome 94. And yes, it didn’t work well or at all during that time.
We must add that it is strange that the company took so long to find a solution for Android devices because it was good on the iOS variant of the browser. They’ve had it for a while now.
So how does this fully biometric authentication work? Well, you have a chance to choose between allowing facial recognition along with the classic fingerprint option. And across Apple, Google is even allowing the feature to expand to Drive, Authenticator, and Search as well.
Now that the incognito tab feature comes with better security protection in the form of a lock and there is already a whole flag set by Google, the tech giant will not take much time to launch it for all users who have Chrome for Android.
Also note that this isn’t the only feature available to grab Chrome 105 or other variants of the program, as there may be more in the store that haven’t been revealed.