Every Android phone owner has been pushing to enable the new setting — ignoring it could cost you

ANDROID users can now enable a clever feature that protects some of your most private activities.

It’s a simple hack that takes seconds to activate – but could be very valuable.

You can now lock Google Chrome Incognito tabs on Android


You can now lock Google Chrome Incognito tabs on AndroidCredit: Google/Android

The trick is linked to Incognito mode, a Google Chrome browser setting that prevents your web history from being saved.

But if you left an incognito mode tab open, anyone with access to your smartphone could see it.

So, if you have been looking for birthday gifts for your partner, they might accidentally be exposed.

Now Google has added a feature that allows you to lock your tabs in incognito mode as first spotted by 9to5Google.

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So someone trying to access your incognito mode would have to unlock it with something like a fingerprint scan.

Part of the problem with incognito mode is that you might want to keep a tab open in the app.

However, this poses a cyber security risk as someone can see it if they have access to your phone.

The new locking trick can help avoid such problems.

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Of course, this is not a foolproof system.

All you get here is the ability to prevent someone holding your phone from seeing your tabs in incognito mode.

Even the incognito mode itself can only do so much.

It just prevents your online activities from being saved in your browsing history.

But it is still possible for the websites to see that you are accessing them.

And your ISP can also see and log that you’ve visited a particular website.

For better protection on this front, consider using a VPN (virtual private network).

This is an app that encrypts and redirects your internet traffic to prevent prying eyes – including an ISP – from seeing exactly what you see.

So if you’re paranoid about government spying or want to use public WiFi in a place like an airport with more confidence, a VPN can be a great privacy tool.

How to turn on incognito lock

Turning on the new feature is very simple.

First, make sure you’re using the latest versions of Android and Google Chrome.

Then go to Settings > Privacy & Security.

Now look for the “Lock incognito tabs when exiting Chrome” setting and turn it on.

Once this is done, leaving the Google Chrome app will lock your incognito tabs.

If you can’t see the setting yet, don’t panic.

It’s currently being rolled out, so it may not have appeared on your handset yet.

You can force the feature to be enabled early by typing the following in Chrome: chrome://flags/#incognito-reauthentication-for-android

However, this only works if you are using a very recent version of Android.

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