Why Surfing Porn Incognito is Not Private

Why Surfing Porn Incognito is Not Private

Chrome is Google’s web browser. The Chrome browser offers a few features that make it easy to surf the internet as different personas which are basically usernames. Surfing websites in Chrome can also be used to browse websites anonymously in incognito mode. But is surfing websites, including porn, while in incognito mode really private?

The definitive answer is, “No. Surfing Porn in Incognito is Not Private!”

Many internet users naively believe that switching to Chrome Incognito browsing makes everything they do online totally private. But it just isn’t true! Incognito does not hide your web surfing activity from your employer or your internet service provider. It also does not hide your web surfing activity from the websites themselves and their advertising networks.

What Does Incognito Browsing Do?

Surfing while in incognito mode means that the web browser will not save your browsing history. It also will not allow any cookies to be saved in the browser. That means, when you close Chrome after your porn session, then all trace of your webs surfing is gone from Chrome. However, your activity is not erased from other elements of your internet connection.

Why Surfing Porn in Incognito is Not Private

Although an Incognito browser session may not keep a history of your porn site surfing, there are other activities and devices that can. To make your porn site surfing less traceable be sure to watch out for the following:

  • File downloads – If you download a file from any website, including a porn site, then that file is on your computer and connected to your web surfing activity. This applies even when using the Chrome Incognito browser. This includes right clicking to save an image from a webpage or downloading a file, video, or digital magazine.
  • Extensions – Chrome has add-ons, called extensions, that can be added to a browser and used to record activity. If you suspect someone is watching your web surfing or you are using an employer’s computer then your porn watching may not be as private as you had hoped for.
  • Apps – Many porn sites offer a mobile app for their content. Stick to legitimate porn sites, like PornTube, and be careful of what is downloaded to an electronic device. Be sure to download only from a trusted website, the Google Play Store, or the iTunes Store. Even then m there is no guarantee the app is free of malware.
  • Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) – Your ISP is connection to the internet. Well known ISPs include Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Comcast, Spectrum to name a few. Your ISP can and does track your internet activity. For example, if your kids download music illegally, you may find yourself with a warning message from your ISP – true story – it’s happened to me! Your ISP may be compelled to cooperate with legal authorities during investigations. ISPs can do this because they do record what happens with their bandwidth. This includes all of it, including your porn surfing! Although no one is looking at it unless asked by authorities, the records are still there and you should know you are not as anonymous as you think!

There isn’t anything you can do about your ISP. In order to get online, you need the internet connection and your ISP is the gateway. You could go to a public space like a coffee shop, but do you really want to watch porn there? Probably not! Plus, a business is likely to have porn along with questionable websites blocked at their router.

Speaking of routers, that’s another price of internet equipment that may be tracking your browsing history! Your ISP’s connection requires at least a modem in your house. Your router may or may not be a separate piece of electronic equipment. It’s usually in your basement. Anyone in your home or business with the knowledge and password to access your router can see that you are surfing porn.

When you use Chrome Incognito browsing, be sure to log out of all social media and any Google service. Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, all leave cookies and can connect the websites you visited with their advertising partners. You’ll soon have ads for adult products, services, and website popping up on your web browser if you are logged in to any social media accounts.

The same goes for any Google account. Google accounts include Gmail, YouTube, Google Analytics, Google Plus, AdSense, and many more! Remember that your Chrome web browser may be synched with your mobile devices too!

Michelle writes about cyber security as well as how to protect your data online. She has worked in internet technology for over 20 years Michelle earned a B.S. in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She conducts workshops focused on web technologies and enjoys public speaking along with her connected rescue mutt.