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Google Chrome: soon you will have to use biometric authentication to open incognito windows on Android

Google has announced that it is implementing an additional layer of privacy in the windows opened in incognito mode for Android devices, in which it will now be possible to introduce a blocking option through biometric authentication.

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In mid-September of last year, 9to5Google published that the fingerprint protection It had been added as an experimental feature (‘flag’) in Chrome version 105.

Now, the technology company has published a summary of the security options available in your browser on the occasion of the data privacy daywhich will be held this Saturday, January 28.

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One of the novelties that has been echoed in this document is that Android users can now access an option already available in Chrome on iOS and that refers to the windows in incognito mode

These allow private browsing without the rest of the users of said device having access to their activity. While these windows don’t store browsing history, cookies, or site data or information entered into forms, they do store downloads, bookmarks, and reading list items.

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To improve privacy in incognito mode, Google has introduced biometric authentication to Android deviceswhich can be activated to recover closed Chrome windows.

In this way, if the user exits said window to open another application, for example, it can only be reopened if place your finger on the device’s fingerprint sensor.

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To be able to use this functionality, you must access the section ‘Setting’ browser, choose the ‘Privacy and security’ option and choose ‘Lock incognito tabs when Chrome closes’.

Other existing privacy features in Google Chrome are the tool Google Password Manager, available in the iOS, Android and Desktop version, as well as the Safety Check alert system.

Source: Elcomercio

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