Stay Under The Radar With Incognito Browsing Windows

Avoid being targeted and do all travel searches using an incognito window.

Just to be clear – that's not me. I did try and take a photo like this, however I poked myself in the eye with the palm frond and its still watering an hour later.!


What's Incognito?

If you have ever wondered why you research something and then you keep seeing it EVERYWHERE that's because you are a victim of re-marketing. Well, victim probably isn't the right word, but I'm sure, like me, it drives you crazy.

You can avoid most (if not all) of this by simply using an incognito window for your searches. Most browsers have them and very simply put, what they do is not store cookies. Read about it more here. It will really help to make sure you are getting accurate prices that aren't being manifupulated because of nothing more than your interest.

Chrome says they won't save the following in an incognito window:

  • Your browsing history
  • Cookies and site data
  • Information entered in forms.

I've done experiments with certain large flight booking websites for exactly the same fare both in a usual browser window and in a private one and then gone back a week later to find that the standard browser window that has stored my cookies (and stalked me for a week about flights to London) is now showing the exact same flight for $240 more than it is in the Incognito window that doesn't know I've looked before. I'm sure the website in question would STRONGLY deny that's the case but I can't explain it any other way.

To use private windows is really easy. I've listed how to do it on Chrome, but Firefox and Edge both have very similar things. I think Firefox has an In Private window and actually I think Edge's terminology is the same.


Go Incognito on Chrome

From your browser, click the three little dots right up the top right hand side of your address bar. Just under the Close Browser cross, and then click New Incognito Window.

Take the same action from your Chrome browser. Incognito will also add a little icon to the top of your notifications bar so you know you have an incognito window open. It's worth knowing that you can't screenshot anything from an incognito window on mobile either.



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Jenny Marsden - Charge The Globe
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Meet Jenny, a passionate Australian travel blogger who has explored 101 countries to date. With over 30 years of travel experience, Jenny has a wealth of knowledge to share with her readers about the cultures, landscapes, and people she has encountered on her journeys. She's always battling unfashionably frizzy hair and you will never catch Jenny in anything but comfortable shoes.

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