Android: “Incognito mode” windows in Google Chrome can now be protected with biometric authentication

Google  seeks to clear up the multiple concerns that users have with the“incognito mode” .

In the face of reports that it does not really protect from data collection and that is why it has updated its Chrome browser for Android devices to improve this tool with a layer added privacy. Thanks to this, the windows that a user has open under this mode can be protected with biometric data.

As the technology firm explains on its official blog , this is one of the new security options added to Chrome in its version for Android devices . Although it was already present in experimental mode during 2022 and has been available on iOS for a while now, this additional privacy filter has finally arrived for the huge user base of Google ‘s operating system.

A necessary improvement for Chrome’s “incognito mode”

Now that the option is included in the version of Google Chrome for Android , users will be able to activate it from the settings section. If it is turned on, tabs opened in “incognito mode” will appear locked to all users once the app is minimized.

In order to view the content of these windows, the person who wants to access will have no other option than to use the biometric authentication that is activated on the device or by means of a PIN code . Therefore, depending on the option chosen by the owner of the mobile, it is likely that anyone other than him will not be able to view this content.

Other details about biometric authentication in Chrome incognito mode

In order to activate the new function integrated into Chrome on Android , the user must go to the browser, enter the settings tab and choose “Privacy and security” to choose “Block incognito tabs when Chrome is closed”. Since the option is activated, it will always be necessary to unlock the mobile authentication system to see the content of the tabs.

Of course, it’s also important to remember that Google Chrome ‘s “incognito mode” hides your browsing and search history from other people who are using the same device. However, it does not prevent Google , advertisers and their respective trackers from benefiting from user data and their cookies.