The Chrome browser offers an “incognito” window, meant to offer more privacy than standard browsing.
I’m not here to argue the issue of how stealth Chrome’s incognito window actually is. What I would like to do is share a few ways in which I find it useful. In fact, more than useful…Considering I am working on my Chromebook all day, every day, these make my life easier.
By the way, if you are not sure how to find it, hit control-shift-N to get a new incognito window, or select it from the menu (access via the little three stacked lines icon).
Three Time-Saving, Life-Easier-Making Uses of Chrome’s Incognito Window
- Logging into multiple accounts of one site. For example, a second Google account, a different user on your WordPress site, or a second MailChimp account.
- Logging into an account from a “new device” and avoiding verification hassles (most sites will NOT flag a first-time login from this device or location as an atypical login and give you hassles when you use the incognito window.)
- Viewing as public. For example when working on various social media accounts, or a WordPress build, you may want to see how things look to a not-logged-in, random browser (i.e. a human browsing the internet, not Internet Explorer which, wow, seems so random now.)
There are other reasons, you might use the incognito window…I guess it offers a modicum of privacy when visiting, certain sites, that you might want some privacy around. But I wouldn’t count on it!
But, in my opinion, it is very useful for everyday internet tasks like the above!