Google Chrome makes your secret incognito internet searches extra personal on iPhone

Google is working on a new privacy feature for the iOS version of Chrome that will make incognito tabs even more secure than before. This new security strengthening tool means incognito tabs in Chrome are locked behind Face ID. Face ID is Apple’s facial recognition system that is used to unlock iPhones and iPads.

However, many other apps also use Face ID technology to provide an extra layer of security.

According to The Verge, Google is currently testing this new Chrome feature in the latest beta version.

Therefore, this new privacy tool could get a more general version for the iOS version of Chrome in the coming months.

When the feature is rolled out, it can be enabled in Chrome’s privacy settings.

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This incognito Face ID setting appears to be in the very early stages of testing as it is not being made available to all beta testers.

If your iPhone doesn’t have a Face ID (say, if you have an iPhone 8 or lower), you can use Touch ID instead to lock your incognito tabs.

So you won’t miss out on this handy new data protection tool, just get an optimized version of it.

In the latest beta release notes, the new Chrome feature was outlined: “You can make your incognito tabs more secure with Touch ID or Face ID.

“When you return to the Chrome app, your incognito tabs will be fuzzy until you confirm it’s you.

“To enable the feature, go to Settings> Privacy> Lock Incognito Tabs when you close Chrome.”

Other Google Chrome news revealed that the next big version of Chrome – Chrome 89 – will prevent some PCs from using it.

Due to the changing requirements for Chrome 89 due to be released in early March, some aging PCs are unable to run the market-leading browser.

However, there is a chance that you won’t have to worry about this change as it will only affect PCs that are over 15 years old.

After the release of Chrome 89 on the stable channel on March 2, computers with x86 CPUs that do not support at least SSE3 will no longer be able to run the browser.

This change would essentially affect processors prior to Intel Core 2 Duo such as the Intel Atom and Celeron M processors.

Most processors released since 2005 support SSE3.

So, if you have a PC or laptop that has been released since then, there is still no need to worry about losing access to Google Chrome.

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