Google added several new features to its Chrome web browser lately. We reviewed the new autofill and taskbar thumbnail features already that Google added to the latest developer release version of the web browser.
The latest version of Chromium, the Open Source core of Google Chrome, ships with another interesting feature that will be available soon in the regular web browser as well: running extensions in the browser's incognito mode.
Incognito Mode is the private browsing mode in Google Chrome. This mode prevents that data from that browsing session will be recorded by the browser locally. Incognito Mode prevents that traces of the session remain on the session once the private browsing session is terminated.
No extensions are enabled by default in Incognito Mode. The main reason for this behavior is that some extensions do record data which could interfere with the mode.
Depending on their functionality, they might override certain protective features so that information remain after private browsing sessions.
The latest Chromium release gives users the choice to enable select extensions in the browser's Incognito Mode. It is for instance no problem to activate extensions that do not record data, so that they can be used in incognito mode as well. Some extensions may even improve incognito mode further, for instance by adding other protective options to it.
The option to allow extensions to run in incognito mode is available in the Google Chrome extension manager. Just load chrome://extensions in the browser's address bar or select extensions under more tools in the menu.
Check the box "allow in incognito" underneath an extension listing enables its functionality in the browser's private browsing mode as well.
When you do, a warning is displayed in the browser which informs you that some extensions may record the browsing history in incognito mode when enabled.
Warning: Google Chrome cannot prevent extensions from recording your browsing history. To disable this extension in incognito mode, unselect this option.
The feature is currently only available in Chromium with the likelihood that it will be implemented in one of the next Google Chrome development version updates.
Update: The feature is available in all versions of Chrome now.Advertisement
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