Incognito mode? Thought it would keep you safe? It can, but not in most cases. And if you are reading this, let’s face it, you apply to the “not in most cases.”
This guide to internet privacy will walk you through why even private browsing can be traced. But also what you can do about it so that you can maintain your internet privacy.
The Only Time Incognito Mode Keeps You Safe…
Incognito mode will only offer you private browsing when it comes to somebody else in your household, checking your web history.
It will also prevent the browser from collecting cookies and site data, and you will be logged out of everything when you access that mode, but any site you visit can still easily access your information, and the same applies to your school and internet provider.
And if someone in your household wants to check what you were up to, they also can do that as your router will contain logs on your traffic.
How About Private Browsing Browsers?
If private modes in browsers can’t keep you safe, then how about web browsers designed with privacy in mind, such as Opera?
Well, it depends…
Opera base their thesis on safety on the fact they offer a VPN and an ad-block.
To a point, they are right, the use of a VPN will offer encryption which will make sending of messages more secure as it will be hard for hackers to intercept them, and an IP address change is crucial for staying anonymous, but that’s nowhere near enough of protection for you not to be traced.
…Not to mention that you have to ask yourself how can a company run a free browser and a completely free VPN. Facebook once did it with Onavo. It turned out to be a data miner, and they had to close it down.
Opera? We don’t have any issues with it. The marketing of VPN services is the issue. At this point, everyone takes safety that comes from VPN services for granted because everyone markets it that way.
In some cases, when you are not using a web browser, a VPN service is enough. But this is a post about private browsing, and browsers are the main issue here.
Your web browser tracks certain points of information around your usage, as well as about the parameters of your device. That means that even with a VPN, you are trackable.
In fact, something as simple as the browser you use mixed with a few other data points in itself makes you trackable.
If you were using a Windows 10 device with Chrome before you turned on a VPN and changed your IP, the second you go into an HTML 5 website, which consists of 79.7% websites on the market, you can be identified anyway.
That’s Because Canvas Fingerprinting Is a Thing…
Canvas fingerprinting? It allows for exploitation of the canvas element of HTML 5, which simply briefly explained, allows for the rendering of shapes and images.
Apple first introduced canvases in 2004, and they were later also seen in the Opera browser in 2006.
This is where things like your graphics card or drivers come in as part of identifying you.
“HTML5 Canvas is the single largest fingerprinting threat browsers face today after plugins” – Tor project.
Some guides out there will suggest to you that if you want full internet privacy, that you will need to block canvas fingerprinting.
That’s a very bad idea, though.
Like we mentioned in our previous content, whenever something isn’t trackable, the fact it’s not trackable makes it trackable.
How many internet users are currently blocking canvas fingerprinting? Just about none. If you were to block it, you would be making yourself easily identifiable because you would be standing out.
This is where Kameleo comes in.
Kameleo is a tool that removes browser fingerprinting altogether, and it does by changing tracking parameters rather than disabling every piece of tracking. In the case of canvas fingerprinting, Kameleo overrides how the graphics are being drawn on the canvas.
That might sound simple, but in reality, it’s a complicated process since there are powerful algorithms in place trying to figure out whether a canvas is real or not.
Well, What About Private Browsing Such as Tor Then?
You might have been told that projects like Tor allow for full safety on the internet.
Tor does offer a lot of benefits such as encryption, which is important for safety on the internet, but rather than changing what a lot of trackers see, it tends to block them while in the process, often destroying the functionality of websites.
How to Have Internet Privacy on the Internet & Not Be Traced
Private browsing can be traced. Regardless of the browser.
So what can you do to have full internet privacy and so that your browsing doesn’t get traced?
You utilize encryption but also use Kameleo.
Kameleo isn’t a tool for everyone, but it is the world’s most powerful browser fingerprinting removal tool. Fingerprinting? It’s everything we already mentioned in this post. Any piece of data that can be tracked is fingerprinting.
If you want private browsing that cannot be traced to have internet privacy, you need to be able to fool all trackers that can track you, and Kameleo allows for that whether you want to use it on your phone or on your computer.
You just turn on Kameleo and start creating your profile adjusting the settings to your needs. Alternatively, you can set up a quick profile to get started right away.
And that’s how you don’t get traced on the internet.