Hey Lifehacker, If I’m working in incognito mode and using an app like Omegle or Chatroulette, can my employer track the chat? Thanks, Keen To Talk
Simple answer: yes, they can. Incognito mode (the Chrome label — Firefox and Safari call it private browsing, Internet Explorer calls it InPrivate browsing) means the browser doesn’t track what you’re doing, but doesn’t stop others from doing so. In incognito mode, sites you visit won’t be added to history and you won’t automatically be signed into anything. However, to access sites, the domain name will still need to be resolved by a DNS service — and that will be logged on your corporate network. Chances are no-one is actively looking at those lists, but the potential is there. Some environments will block domains deemed risky or unsuitable, and those blocks will apply no matter what browsing mode you use.
In a workplace, you always have to assume that what you’re doing either can be tracked or is being tracked. Full anonymity requires more than just incognito browsing (and often requires software you can’t install on a locked-down corporate machine).
The only guaranteed private access in the workplace is on your mobile phone, using a mobile network that you pay for. Arguably you shouldn’t be on casual chat sites during work hours, but if you are, that’s the only route that will be concealed from your employer.
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