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September 2, 2008 2:25 PM

Going incognito with Google's Chrome browser

Posted by Brier Dudley

Watch out for "secret agents," Google warns users in its new Chrome browser when they launch its "Incognito" private browsing mode.

I wonder if that will appear in the Chinese version.

With Incognito, Internet Explorer's new Private Browsing mode, plus private browsing modes in Apple's Safari and Firefox, will anybody browse in non-private mode anymore?

Below is a screenshot of a Google Chrome tab opened Incognito - check out the Pink Pantheresque agent icon. (The Microsoft icon is on the upper right because I clicked on Chrome's "customize links" button and was automatically taken to's page explaining how to customize links in Vista and XP; the blue "M" has been there since, a welcome card from Redmond? UPDATE: A commenter pointed me in the right direction here; I changed the icon by right clicking the "customize links" button and entering a new "first place" URL in the bookmarks.)

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