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If you want to visit a website without being tracked, the Incognito mode can disconnect you and prevent most tracking. However, you lose your extensions by default. Fortunately, you can activate them.
Chrome blocks extensions in Incognito mode because it cannot guarantee that your extensions will not follow your data. Finally, you go to Incognito to avoid being followed. However, some extensions can help you protect your privacy or make your life easier when you surf.
How private is Incognito?
If you use the Incognito mode in Chrome and you feel perfectly protected from prying eyes, think again. Even if you use Chrome in private mode, your ISP can still see your traffic, so the idea that you are totally anonymous is a mistake by simply clicking a button in your Chrome browser. If you are looking for this level of privacy, I strongly recommend that you take a look at Tor Browser (a browser that works in conjunction with a proxy server so that your traffic is anonymous to your ISP). Even with Tor, not everything is perfect, but it’s a significant improvement over the incognito mode and the expectation that it’s 100% anonymous.
I would also add this, for those who think that Chrome incognito is a complete solution: I saw first hand how Chrome Incognito saved the browser’s history. I tested this on a number of instances (and on different platforms) and was surprised when I saw my browser stick history even though I was in incognito mode.
To enable extensions in Incognito mode in Google Chrome
Step 1: Open Google Chrome. Click on the hamburger menu (three lines) in the upper right corner of your web page.
Step 2: From the More Tools drop-down menu, select Extensions.
Step 3: A list of all extensions is displayed. Extensions that can be enabled in Incognito have a box underneath. To activate in Incognito, click on the “Allow in Incognito” box. To deactivate an extension, uncheck the box.
Run extensions on all sites in Incognito mode on Chrome
To allow, enable and run extensions in Google Incognito mode, you must open the extension details page. To do that:
- Select the menu button indicated by three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.
- Select Other tools > Extensions or type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter.
- The Extensions page opens.
- Select the extension you want to activate and click on Details.
- Scroll down to the option – Allow incognito.
Enable this option if you want to allow this extension to run in Incognito mode.
Enable this option on Disabled if you want to stop the execution of this extension in Incognito mode.
Once enabled, the extension will also work when you open the Incognito mode.
Not all extensions can be activated in Incognito mode. You will know which of them can and which cannot when you look at your list of extensions. Only those who have the “Allow in Incognito” box are those who work.
Extensions do not work if you use the Incognito function. Chrome disables them because it does not control how these extensions process your personal information when you search the Internet. In Incognito mode, no browsing history is recorded and no cookies are stored. If you want an extension to work in Incognito mode, you must follow steps 1 to 3 above for it to work.
If you enable the execution of extensions in Incognito mode, be careful. If an extension stores information, even if it is stored locally, anyone using the normal browser window can access it. Extensions do not distinguish between normal mode and incognito mode when storing data.
If you only need to use an extension in Incognito mode for a short period of time, do not leave it on after work. Disable it again so that it does not compromise your safety.
If you want to prevent all extensions from running in Incognito mode, there is no way to do so. What you can do instead is to disable the Incognito mode in Chrome.
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