Use Cases for Incognito Mode
Every browser now has Incognito/Stealth mode. While it's often joked about as "porn mode", and stealth history is obviously a primary use case, there are actually several uses (unintended consequences or not):
* Incognito Mode is heaven for developers. cmd-shift-j resets you to a green user.
* Another great benefit for development - and testing - is it's a super-simple way to clear the cache.
* Since Google search results, and many other sites, are increasingly personalized, you can pull up Incognito Mode to get a quick "generic" view. This is useful to see where a site "truly" ranks on Google, for instance. (It's not truly generic, sites can identify you in other ways, but most sites will still serve the same content to an uncookie'd user.)
* Safety on a multi-user computer. Not just your history, but your passwords and cookies will be deleted when the next user visits. This argument still falls down in the internet cafe scenario where (a) the internet cafe itself is malicious, OR (b) the internet cafe is incompetent AND previous users malicious.
* Switch between two or more users, e.g. a Google apps user and a regular GMail user (since Apps users can't use Plus). I say "two or more" because Incognito windows are isolated from each other, while tabs in the same window share profiles. (Tested that just now.) Thanks +Steve Dennis
for the reminder here.
* As @casablanca pointed out to me recently, certain e-commerce sites will increase prices after repeated searches. So Incognito mode can save you $$$ ! (It could work the other way too I guess.)