Automatically Enable Incognito Mode For Specific Websites In Google Chrome - gHacks Tech News

Automatically Enable Incognito Mode For Specific Websites In Google Chrome

Google Chrome's Incognito Mode is a private browsing mode, in which the recording of information about the web browsing session is blocked. No records are stored in the web browser or on the computer system. That's helpful to improve the privacy of a web session, or to avoid problems when using public or third party computer systems.

Google Chrome users can launch the private browsing mode manually in the web browser, or automatically by launching the web browser with the private browsing startup parameter.

The Chrome extension Autonito adds a third possibility. Chrome users can define websites in the extension that should always be loaded in incognito mode. Websites are added or removed in the extension's options. The extension will automatically launch a new incognito window whenever a Chrome user clicks on a link pointing to a website included in the list, opens the site from the bookmarks or enters the site url into the address bar.

The extension currently has difficulties with cookies, which are stored in the browser. It is likely that the developer will update the extension as this is a known issue. It is however possible to work around that issue.

google chrome incognito
google chrome incognito

It is possible to block cookies from specific websites in the Chrome options. Open the Chrome options by clicking on the Tools icon and selecting Options from the context menu. Switch to Under the bonnet, and click on the Content Settings button.

A click on Exceptions displays the configuration menu to add cookies to a whitelist or blacklist. Simply click on Add, enter the domain name in the pattern field, and select Block from the available actions.

block cookies
block cookies

Autonito can automate the usage of the incognito mode in Chrome. The only possible problem that we see is that the list of sites that are automatically launched in incognito mode is available in the browser. But the list does not necessarily mean that the site is visited by the user who has configured it.

Autonito can be downloaded from the official Google Chrome Extensions Gallery.

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    1. JK said on August 7, 2010 at 5:36 am

      No installation available?

      1. Martin said on August 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

        JK, installation works fine, just tried it again. Not sure why you get that message

    2. Harsh said on August 7, 2010 at 8:10 am

      but if the list of websites in the exception list is visible to all then whats the point? :/

      1. Martin said on August 7, 2010 at 10:43 am

        Comfort, and it may work if the other computer users are not that tech savvy

      1. Martin said on August 7, 2010 at 10:45 am

        Sachen gibts ;)

    3. Chocobito said on August 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      Hi Martin, in cnet now exist a article about the private browsing in Chrome and Firefox is exploitable by hackers, can you see it and talking about?;contentBody

      1. Martin said on August 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm

        Chocobito, well it simply means that while the private browsing mode does block the web browser from storing session data, it currently is not preventing add-ons from doing just that. The browser devs are aware of that issue, the Mozilla team for instance has posted a blog post regarding this issue in February:

      2. Martin said on August 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

        Also, the report that Cnet is linking to, is from August 2009. Either they have linked the wrong report, or have rehashed a story from last year.

        1. Chocobito said on August 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm

          Thanks for the quick reply, I was a little concern about that.

        2. Martin said on August 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

          I have written about it in detail here, just for you :)

          The article was rather lurid, do not you think.

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