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Google Chrome to help users keep track of Incognito browser tabs

Author : Pankaj Singh | Published Date : 2019-02-18 

The tech giant is modifying the API entirely to work under Incognito, primarily by storing files in RAM

Tech giant Google is reportedly planning to remove the ability for websites to detect Chrome Incognito mode and would make it easier for users to keep track of the number of Incognito tabs that are opened. As per trusted sources, the Chromium developers have now resolved to enable a flag by default which will make the browser show the number of open Incognito tabs in the address bar.

Reportedly, there is no way to restore Incognito tabs when users accidentally close an Incognito tab or even a number of these tabs given the fact that these tabs are not recorded in the user’s history. Sources familiar with the development claim that it has not been made clear as to when the new feature will be introduced to all the users of Google Chrome.

It also remains questionable if Chrome users would require the several Incognito tabs they have opened when their InPrivate session has ended. For the record, Chrome already sandboxes each tab opened by the user, however, Incognito Mode undertakes further steps to safeguard the privacy of users. History is never recorded and the locally-stored data and cookies are erased after the session ends.

According to a report by Android Police, Google is finally addressing the issue as websites have been able to utilize well-known workarounds to detect if they were running in Incognito Mode. The FileSystem API was launched in 2010 by Google which enables websites to develop their own virtual file systems for reading and writing local data.

Reportedly, Opera and Chrome remain the only mainstream browsers supporting the FileSystem API, however, the functionality was never used widely. As per numerous commits to the Chromium Gerrit, the tech giant is modifying the API entirely to work under Incognito, primarily by storing files in RAM.

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Pankaj Singh

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Endowed with a post graduate degree in management and finance, Pankaj Singh has been a part of the online content domain for quite a while. Having worked previously as a U.K. insurance underwriter for two years, he now writes articles for fractovia.org and other online portals. He can be contacted at- [email protected] | https://twitter.com/PankajSingh2605

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