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The incognito mode of Chrome for Android will be more secure: we can protect tabs with our PIN or our fingerprint

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Privacy has long been the focus of many efforts for both software developers and mobile phone manufacturers. Google has made different movements in recent months (using chrome for 2FA, encrypted RCS messages, etc.) seeking to improve precisely on this point and the code of one of its main apps, Google Chrome for android, shows that it will soon be equated with iOS at a key point.

It is about browsing using incognito mode with Chrome, a mode that does not leave a trace in the form of cookies or stores URLs in history, and which will soon be even more secure by requesting a password or our fingerprint to access its content. Google wants to put the incognito mode of Chrome for Android behind a biometric wall, something that already works also in the test mode of Chrome for iOS.

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Password or fingerprint to return to incognito mode

The code has been discovered in one of the latest versions of the Chrome Canary program, the beta version of Google’s browser that has one of its headquarters in the Android ecosystem. The code alerts the arrival of a series of flags or flags, options that can be activated in a simple way once they are made public, and that will allow protect the tabs incognito with a password or with our fingerprint.

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The operation, from what can be seen through the code, is similar to what is already being tested in Chrome for iOS. This means that once we activate this option and restart the browserWe will now be able to enable the protection of incognito windows and tabs with a password. And this will not mean that we have to put the pin or our fingerprint every time we open a window but when we return.

If at any time we open an app or travel to our Android desktop, leaving the browser with its incognito tabs in the background, we will have to put the fingerprint or the pin to return and see the content incognito again. So we can protect our privacy with a simple gesture: send Chrome for Android to the background with any other app or the desktop itself. As simple as that.

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In Chrome for iOS, the version is still in its testing phase and has not been released for normal users of the system so it is foreseeable that something similar will happen on Android. That Google implement it and test it and let’s take a while to see it released in the current version of Chrome. In the meantime, note that a major security enhancement for Chrome on Android is coming.

Via | Chromestory

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