The “incognito” mode is optimal for operations in a browser, detailed information about which it is undesirable to save, for example, when working with a banking service on someone else’s device. In order to hide open tabs from prying eyes in this mode, Google intends to introduce additional protection in Chrome for Android.
A new switch in Chrome Canary 94 allows you to activate biometrics or PIN protection if the user intends to access incognito tabs if they are not already closed.
At the moment, in the experimental version of the browser, the mentioned function is hidden, it can be found using the chrome: // flags command with the subsequent activation of the “Enable device reauthentication for Incognito” parameter. At the same time, the function will still be unavailable in the “Privacy and Security” settings, even in the Canary-build of the browser.
Thanks to Chrome for iOS, you can get some idea of how this will work. Once the feature is activated on iPhone, you will need Face ID authentication to view private tabs. Unlike most other cases, this does not happen in automatic mode – you will need to press the corresponding button to activate the scan.
The extra layer of protection is unlikely to be an issue on Android – most modern smartphones have both fingerprint scanners and face recognition systems, or at least one of the protection methods. For example, models with face-only recognition like the Google Pixel 4 will work roughly the same as options with fingerprint scanners.
Although enthusiasts are annoyed that users of the Canary version still do not have access to an additional level of privacy, especially given the fact that iOS already has it.