Set specific websites to automatically open in Chrome’s Incognito Mode

Chrome users have a useful feature on the browser called Incognito Mode. It basically disallows information on the webpages you visit from being stored on the browser. It also deletes all new cookies after the incognito mode is closed.

This is useful for looking up websites without the need to clear caches all the time. But usually we need incognito mode only for certain websites.

Incognito This is a nice little Chrome extension that allows users to open a specified webpage directly in incognito mode. For instance whenever I type in ‘google.com’ in the address bar, I can set the page to open in incognito mode automatically

How it works!

  • Download the extension on your Chrome browser (the link is at the end of the post).
  • Once the extension is installed on your browser a incognito mode icon appears next to the browser omni bar (address bar).
  • Right-click on the icon and look up the options. In Options or the preferences of the extension, we can add a URL that is set to automatically open in incognito mode as seen in the image below.

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  • Additionally we can visit any webpage and click on the extension’s icon and it opens the page in incognito mode.

Try out incognito this and drop in your comments.

Link: Incognito This

PrivyTalks – Encrypted Anonymous Chatting Online

(Disclosure: This is Sponsored Review.)

Privacy is a big deal on the web, especially in recent times when social networks makes finding individuals very easy. Anonymity and encryption are two vital way to maintain your privacy. Also there are many instances when we want to not share our Gmail or Skype ID but use something temporary but what to discuss something with someone from a forum or a group.

With free online tool PrivyTalks, we can chat anonymously and also have the exchanged information which is encrypted and hence safe.

Features of PrivyTalks

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Just visit the PrivyTalks website and start the chat. A link can be shared to invite others to chat with them.

The messages are encrypted from the browsers using the service. The website claims they only transfer the encrypted data and does not have access to any of the chat messages shared.

This makes it truly anonymous and secure way to share and share information. People sharing passwords to a service might find this PrivyTalks very useful.

If you are interested in online privacy refer to this guide. Also check out this link for chatting on any webpage anonymously.

Link: PrivyTalks

Note: PrivyTalks is in beta testing stage as of now and will be launched on Friday, Sep. 2, 2011.

Free Online Tool to Change IP Address While Surfing

NewIPNow_LogoPrivacy concerns are gaining a lot of momentum recently with people being a little uncomfortable, about how most websites can retain and identify your IP Address. Many times a IP Address is used to show you relevant geo-specific advertisements.

I came across New IP Now, an online service that allows you to change your IP address while you one browses the internet.

Before using New IP Now, I looked up my IP details and got my usual IP address along with location being Mumbai, India.

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Now visit NewIPNow.com, and look up your IP address and select one of the free IP Address options there.

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So incase you are looking for a quick way to change your IP Address while surfing a website, use New IP Now. Do drop in your comments.

Link: New IP Now

Stop Allowing Cookies Installed on Your Computer by Advertising Networks!

Online privacy is quite a big deal now a days. Most websites with advertisements collect user details so they can show more relevant ads, hence adding to better revenues. This is all fine but many people might not want advertising networks to install cookies on their computers. Also we might trust some networks but find certain ones not trustworthy.

If you want to stop allowing cookies being installed on your computer for usage to be tracked, Select Out is a very good service.

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How Select Out works?

  • Just visit Select Ou page from the browser that your use regularly and select Opt-Out options.
  • There is a list of advertising networks which track usage stats through cookies.
  • Just opt-out of all the services that you do not want tracking you.
  • Another option with this is to have a Chrome extension, which also shows a list of networks that have cookies installed on your system (see image below).

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So for the Privacy conscious try out Select Out. Also if you liked reading this post, you might also like to read how to stop Google from tracking your data on Chrome browser.

Do drop in your comments.

Link: Select Out | Chrome extension

Use Zesty to check your Facebook data’s privacy

Facebook made some changes to its privacy policy and basically after that there has been an avalanche of criticism of Facebook for ignoring privacy concerns and in some cases even led to people wondering if they should be on Facebook anymore.

Zesty is a great third party service to check what and exactly how much of your information on Facebook is visible publicly.

About Zesty Facebook

  • Using Zesty is easy, just visit their Facebook service page and search for your Facebook profile or a friends profile. Look up the data that can be accessed by a third party service (Zesty). There is no need to sign in with Facebook credential either.
  • For instance in the above image you can see all the links I share as a feed can be accessed by anyone even without the need of signing into Facebook.
  • It also gives details like when you need to be signed in to Facebook for viewing certain information which cannot exactly be termed secure as anyone with a Facebook account can view your information, feeds and links you share.

In case you are wondering about the privacy of your Facebook profile or even a group, Facebook page or applications then you can go ahead and look it up with this tool to give you a better understanding of what can be viewed by 3rd party services.

If you know of similar services do share with us and also do let us know your views on Facebook privacy.

Link: Zesty Facebook