Google Chrome for Android now includes a biometric incognito tab lock

News Summary:

  • This way, anyone who wants to you resume an Incognito session that was interrupted will have to first enter their preset biometric identification method on Android in order to read what is in the tab, minimizing the privacy or security intrusion chances even further. Google introduced this new incognito session locking feature as part of its 5 tips to stay safer online with Chrome session which also reminds us that we can use the Google Password Manager on iOS, Android and desktop. By syncing your passwords with your Google account, “you can use your saved passwords in Chrome.

  • Google keeps bringing new features to its Chrome mobile browser, some taken directly from the desktop version, where possible, some uniquely available on phones, like its latest privacy and security addition to lock your incognito session when you leave Chrome that is rolling out for Android phones as we speak. You will be able to request a biometric identification when you want to reenter an Incognito tab on Android just like on iOS, says Google. On Android, the option would most often be a fingerprint identification request before trying to read a secret incognito tab.

Android and iOS apps on your phone or laptop,” Google notes. Another new privacy and security tip from Google is the ability to clear the entire footprint of your Chrome browsing session, including site history, cookies and cache, as well as more granular control. Browsing data can be deleted completely or only for a specific period of time. This is the period considered the most sensitive to disclose your browsing habits. Not only that, but you can also delete all items such as websites you visit and autofill entries.


Google says that instead of looking for options, just type “clear browsing data” in the Chrome address bar. A quick reminder that Settings, Pretty Like!