Google’s new browser, Chrome, is making a splash on the Web scene. People are touting its greatness or calling it just another âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬anti-Microsoft moveâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ from Google. In either case, the browser is getting used and one of it’s primary selling points (as it were) is it’s âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬privacyâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ mode, which Google calls âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬IncognitoâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ and delineates with a trench coat-wearing private eye icon.
Chrome uses process segregation between each tab in its interface, much like IE8 and Firefox do, in order to separate one tab from another. This keeps a the site in one tab from âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬seeingâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ other tabs and also holds the browser in place should one of the tabs fail due to site problems or maliciousness. Taking this a step further, Chrome also isolates plug-ins like Flash to further bulwark security.
Chrome’s Incognito mode, however, works much the same way IE8’s InPrivate feature, allowing a near traceless traipse around the Web. An advantage that Chrome has is the ability to turn this feature on and off in each tab, which means you can use one or two tabs to surf Incognito while others are surfing publicly. Because the tabs are separate instances of the browser, none of them interfere with one another. This is a great (and obvious) step forward in privacy coverage for Web browsing.
In the end, privacy is still the user’s concern and can’t be expected to be covered by the major browser creators. Individual apps and safe practices still rule the day when you want to surf Incognito.