Websites will find it difficult to track users on Chrome’s Incognito mode

Google has decided to fix a loophole in its Chrome browser. The loophole allowed websites to check if the user is on an incognito mode. Google has announced this fix designed to make it tougher for websites to track your browsing mode.

The incognito mode feature is popularly used by internet users to keep their browsing history a secret. There were third-party tools that developers were using to track websites that you were visiting even in the incognito mode. The company has announced that it will soon fix the loophole to make the incognito mode on Chrome browser really private.

The upcoming Chrome v74 will bring the new incognito detection prevention mode. The fix will disconnect the user from logged-in Google, Facebook, and Amazon accounts. The fix is visible in the recent commits to Chromium’s Gerrit source code management.

Developers often attempt to use FileSystem API, which allows permanent files to display information, which is otherwise disabled in an incognito mode. Websites often track this to collect cookies data, which is later used for advertising.

The issue was first reported back in 2017. Google knew that website developers are attempting to access the cookies data of users of incognito mode.

Google might push this as an experimental feature in the Google Chrome 74, it will later be introduced as a default setting from Chrome 76 onwards.

Chrome 74 is likely to bring a dark mode for both Windows and MacOS. The feature is completely automatic and can be enabled by adjusting the theme settings in the operating system’s system settings.