Chrome’s Incognito Tabs will be biometrically protected on Android

Chrome's Incognito Tabs will be biometrically protected on Android

Chrome’s incognito tabs will now be biometrically protected, Google announced Thursday. In a new security feature, Chrome allows you to lock the browser’s secret navigation with credentials linked to the cell phone, protecting pages from unauthorized access after they have been minimized.

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Biometrics-protected incognito tabs were first seen in September 2022, when the feature was found in the chrome://flags menu of an experimental version of Chrome. When enabled, the functionality locks incognito tabs as soon as the browser is placed in the background, allowing access to them again only after proving identity through biometrics.

According to Google, the function will be available in the Settings menu > Privacy and Security > Block incognito tabs when you close Chrome. The company claims that the novelty is gradually distributed to all browser users on Android. On iOS, the biometric lock has existed since 2021.

No more notifications

Currently, several websites beg for permission to send notifications to your computer through Chrome. The idea is that the browser shows the most recent publications and keeps the reader connected to new content, consequently increasing the number of hits.

Sometimes, however, authorizations are granted accidentally, and the process for disabling them is not so clear. To facilitate this path, Chrome has introduced a review tool in the “Privacy and Security” section so that you can check all the previously given permissions, including notifications.

“To deepen our commitment to your online safety, we’re expanding the safety check by rolling out more personalized recommendations and reminders about what you’ve previously shared with websites and finding these controls in one place to revoke permissions and protect your privacy,” explained the Google on a support page.