With this hidden face identification you can lock your shady incognito tabs

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techno.rentetan.com – A new, hidden Chrome setting makes keeping others out of your tabs easy.

Google is testing a new feature to lock incognito tabs with face id for Chrome on iPhone and iPad when they are left open in the background. (The feature is not available on Android, unfortunately, at least not yet).

The incognito mode of Chrome prevents you from saving your navigation history, which you can help if you need to look up something stealthily. However, otherwise you can easily open the background tabs to see what you are prepared to if you close your incognito tabs when you stop using Chrome. By allowing the new privacy feature, however, inChrome you can safely leave incognito tabs open without fear that someone will snoop into whatever you hide.

It is available in the stable iOS Chrome app but is not readily available in the app configuration in the experimental flags menu. Google may make it a standard feature in a future app update, but for now, it can be turned on:

  1. In a new Chrome tab on your iPhone or iPad, open chrome:/flags.
  2. Use the “Authentication Device for Incognito” search bar.
  3. From the drop-down, set the flag “Enabled.”
  4. When saving and implementing your changes, tap to reboot Chrome.
  5. Go to Settings > Privacy, then Reopen Chrome.
  6. Activate the new option “Lock Incognito Tabs When You Close Chrome.”

You can open incognito tabs in the background with less concern if you are using this feature, because everyone who attempts to access the active incognito tabs must provide a matching Face ID to open them.

How it works is as follows:

  • Restore incognito in Chrome background tab.
  • When prompted, tap “Unlock with Face ID.”
  • Allow the facial scan of your device. If it matches, you will unlock your tabs and browse the place you left.

When you lock your incognito tabs, remember that incognito Chrome mode is not an anonymous browsing mode. It will keep others out. Websites and ISPs can still monitor a great deal of information from incognito mode, so this should not be used instead of other data protection tools, such as tracker blockers and VPNs.