Privacy has long been the focus of many efforts for both software developers and mobile phone manufacturers. Google has made various moves in recent months (use of Chrome for 2FA, encrypted RCS messages, etc.) seeking to improve precisely on this point and the code of one of its main applications, Google Chrome for Android, shows that it will soon be assimilated with iOS at a key point.

It is about browsing in incognito mode with Chrome, a mode that does not leave traces in the form of cookies or stores URLs in the history, and which will soon be even more secure by asking for a password or our fingerprint. to access its content. Google wants to put the incognito mode of Chrome for Android behind a biometric wall, which is already working in the test mode of Chrome for iOS.

Password or fingerprint to return to private browsing mode

The code was discovered in one of the latest versions of the Chrome Canary program, the beta version of Google’s browser which has one of its headquarters in the Android ecosystem. The code alerts the arrival of a series of flags, options that can be activated easily once made public, and which will allow us to protect the incognito tabs with a password or with our fingerprint.

Operation, from what can be seen through the code, is similar to what is already tested in Chrome for iOS. This means that once we have enabled this option and restarted the browser, we will be able to activate the protection of windows and private browsing tabs with a password. And that won’t mean that we have to put the pin or our fingerprint every time we open a window but on our return.

If at any time we open an application or travel to the desktop of our Android, leaving the browser with its incognito tabs in the background, we will have to put the fingerprint or PIN code to come back and review the content incognito. So we can protect our privacy with a simple gesture: send Chrome for Android in the background with any other app or the desktop itself. As simple as that.

In Chrome for iOS, the version is still in testing and has not been released for normal system users, so it’s predictable that something similar will happen on Android. Let Google implement and test it and it will take some time for us to see it released in the current version of Chrome. In the meantime, note that a major security improvement for Chrome on Android is on the way.

Via | Chromestory