Chrome to soon add fingerprint-locking for incognito tabs


Chrome to soon add fingerprint-locking for incognito tabs

Chrome for Android is now getting the ability to lock Incognito tabs behind the user’s fingerprint. If the user has Incognito tabs open, exiting Chrome will instantly lock those pages behind fingerprint authentication.


For reopening those tabs, it will show a grey screen with the Incognito logo at the center. Tapping “Unlock Incognito” opens the system fingerprint sheet to “Verify it’s you.” Users can also enter a PIN by clicking at the “Use PIN” option at the bottom-left corner.


This is useful when handing your phone to somebody that doesn’t know your passcode. It can be turned on/off from Settings > Privacy and security > Lock Incognito tabs when you leave Chrome (Use screen lock to see open Incognito tabs).


Other available options include returning to regular tabs, while the overflow menu remains in its usual position to “Close Incognito tabs.” Incognito’s fingerprint lock is not widely rolled out yet. Google Drive, Search, Fi, Chrome, and Authenticator (2FA codes) for iOS already have this capability branded as the “Privacy Screen”.


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