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Google Gets Automatic Activated Private Browsing Patent Approved

January 15, 2015 - Written By John Anon

Everyday news about security seems to be coming down the wire. If you (as a user) are not obsessed with security then do not worry, as it seems that everyone else is obsessed with your security for you. The media want you to know that you are ‘unsafe’, while the manufacturers want you to know that they are making you ‘safer’. Worth noting, not ‘safe’ but safer. Recently, Google had thought to be working hard on increasing the safety of Android and Android 5.0 (Lollipop) was considered to be the safest of their operating system’s yet. Then came, the news that they were apparently cutting security updates for older android devices. Nice!

Well, to try and rebalance the books, there is some positive Google security news emerging today. It seems Google have had a new patent approved and this one is completely designed with your security in mind. In short, the newly approved patent allows for automatic activation of private browsing. You know the one right – “You’ve Gone Incognito”. Well, currently (as you know) this feature always requires user activation to be set. So you have to open Chrome and select a new private browsing window. According to the patent application, this feature once installed will not require any manual activation. Instead, once a webpage is opened, the feature will determine if the page needs to be opened in a private browser. If it is determined that it does, then it will automatically open incognito. In short, saving you the energy, the time and the thought process to make that decision.

Now, there are a number of reasons why you might want a feature like this running. Take for instance, you are about to enter your cc information, the page will read that cc information is required and keep the computer you are using free from ‘remembering’ that information. Not bad. Of course, there is also the other side of the argument which conspirators will focus on. The fact that Google will be more closely reading, analysing and interpreting your information and browsing activities to determine whether a page should be in incognito. Which side of the security fence do you fall on? Would you like to see this feature implemented? Let us know.