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Can IP Addresses be Traced in Incognito Mode?

Web browsing can create a huge variety of potential security issues and possibly result in an invasion of your privacy. When we browse the web using a web browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer, our actions are often tracked.

Firstly, in practically every web browser available, our web history is stored i.e. each website and page we visit is recorded in a mini database – We can view this “browser history” and it is a useful tool for referring to an important piece of information for example that we might need in the future. On the flip side, our browser history can reveal information to other users what you have been up to and invade your privacy.

Furthermore, when we visit websites, data files called cookies are stored that can trace a small amount of our personal information and track our browsing preferences. To combat this lack of privacy, many browsers now feature an incognito mode that gives the user a greater amount of freedom concerning their browsing history and actions. How secure is this feature however and can your IP address be traced while using this mode?

What is incognito mode?

Incognito mode on many browsers generally involves opening a separate browser that will not trace your history when you visit different websites. When using incognito mode, your browser history will not be stored therefore it will not be possible to see what websites you have visited. If someone attempted to view your browser history, it would simply appear blank. This mode is perfect if you want to order a present for your partner for example and don’t want them snooping through your history to spoil their surprise!

Why is my IP address not safe while using Incognito mode?

Despite your browser history remaining hidden, incognito mode does not improve your security in any other way – your IP address will remain visible and the websites you visit will still be able to store data about your actions – if you accept the use of cookies, they will still be stored on your computer, and be able to gather information about your browsing habits etc. To reiterate – the incognito mode in a web browser is primarily used to hide your browsing history – It is not a complex security feature that can protect you from malicious attacks or attempts to retrieve your personal data.

How can I protect my IP address?

If you want to protect your IP address, the best method is to simply use a VPN service. A Virtual Private Network creates a secure connection between yourself and the internet, and any data that you send or receive will first be vetted by a VPN server. Furthermore, a VPN service will also hide your personal IP address which means that your device’s location will remain unknown when performing such actions as browsing the web, sending email, or downloading live streams. This is one of the most secure and straightforward methods of protection and providing you activate the VPN service before you start a browsing session, your IP address will remain secure.

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