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January 15, 2015

Google patent ‘Incognito’ could be switched on automatically

incognito-makeoverA Google patent could mean that you never again have to remember to switch on incognito mode again, when searching for presents for your wife (other uses for incognito mode are available).


The patent was applied for in 2011 and granted this week.

The patent describes a method by which your browser (presumably Chrome) can work out whether privacy is required “based on the plurality of identifiers.” A diagram in the patent application shows that the browser would analyze the URL, metadata and page content in order to determine whether incognito mode may be appropriate.

Metadata that identifies adult content may automatically trigger that webpage to be opened in the privacy mode.

Spotted by Patent Yogi

Source: USPTO

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini