Have you ever wondered why the browser incognito mode? It not only keeps a history of search queries and visited websites, but not stored cookies through which the site owner could track the visitor. But it is in theory. In practice, however – at least in Google Chrome – incognito mode includes a special loophole that allows websites to track users and which was specifically added by the developers of the browser. But why?
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This week Google has released a public letter in which he admitted intentionally added to the Chrome incognito tracking mechanism users. So the search giant wanted to protect the rights of Internet publications. The fact that some of them provide readers free access to only a fixed number of materials, demanding payment of all subsequent reading. However, users have learned to circumvent paywall, just going into incognito mode, in which the website does not understand that they have already exhausted their limit. To exclude such cases, Google decided to deal with unscrupulous readers and oblige them to apply for a paid subscription.
Update Google Chrome
Unfortunately, this experiment failed, Google recognizes as endangered all users without exception. For this reason the company decided to forcefully disable the tracking mechanism, applying changes on their servers. And to avoid future unauthorized use of the tracking tools embedded in incognito mode, Google will release an update which will be released July 30.
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Google Chrome has long had the reputation of browser-spy. He was repeatedly accused of spying on users and sending data to various services and online services. However, this does not mean that users have no opportunity to defend themselves. To do this, in Google Chrome Store are available a lot of extensionsthat block trackers, inhibit the transmission of cookies and provide security to passwords you enter during registration on those or other resources.
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