Psst! Incognito mode (Ctrl+Shift+N) may come in handy next time

by Venkat eswarlu on February 13, 2013

in Google Chrome,News

If you’ve opened “Clear browsing data” dialog in Google Chrome and deleted browser’s history once in the past 24 hours. And when you open the Clear browsing data dialog once again in that 24 hour period, a message appears on top of  it to use incognito mode next time. Here is that message “Psst! Incognito mode (Ctrl +Shit+N) may come in handy next time”.

You can get clear browsing data dialog in Chrome quickly by using Ctrl+Shift+Del shortcut. And you may also want to know the meaning of already existed obliterate the following items from the beginning of time” option.

Chrome clear browsing data dialog showing message to use incognito mode thumb Psst! Incognito mode (Ctrl+Shift+N) may come in handy next time

We do think this message is valid and definitely reminding users to use incognito mode. Here Chrome team suggesting user to use private browsing mode offered in browser, instead of deleting browsing data again and again to protect your privacy. You can able to get this message on latest Chrome dev., channel. (Update: on stable version too).

Do you welcome this message in Chrome? Share with us in the comments.


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Leen March 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Not at all.
If I use private browsing mode, I have to re-enter my account and password.
Sometimes I just need to clear the cache because the pictures wouldnot be loaded completely.


Venkat eswarlu March 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

So you don’t like seeing this message again and again but still you prefer to clear cache instead of using incognito mode. Thanks for sharing your opinion on this post.


zipper March 29, 2013 at 9:12 am

No, this is an attempt to be cute or cheeky – fails on EVERY level. Why tell me this? Don’t assume anything about my behavior or the motivations behind it. I like to clear my cache from time to time (multiple-tab, power-browsing, call it what you will) and it has nothing to do with privacy. So why go all low-IQ with what could have been a global, teachable moment? It does nothing to endear the developers, little to enhance my browsing experience, and treats me like an idiot… wow, way to spend your time Google.


Michael Casher March 31, 2013 at 11:23 pm

zipper, loved your comment. Google even fails at cute and cheeky because this sneaky Psst! message smacks of malicious mischief. They get away with it because they own EVERYTHING. I’m ticked. I’m in Incognito mode right now and I can’t get out. I can’t remember my user names or my passwords. If this keeps up I’ll forget who I am and then it’ll be curtains for me.


Dan April 2, 2013 at 11:05 am

I just don’t like a computer telling me things as if it knows me. Especially borderline snarky things. On top of the fact, it is not helpful at all. There should be a button to tell me exactly what incognito mode is and what is or is not stored. Even with this info, I wouldn’t necessarily trust that it segregates and clears private info as well as it claims to. Many browsers have had bugs or incomplete implementation of private browsing features…this is not news and is why some of us don’t use incognito to begin with! We don;t need a little lecture about it from G!


Chaz Michael Michaels April 3, 2013 at 1:14 am

Makes me feel like they’ve been watching me watch porn for the last 25 minutes…


Venkat eswarlu April 3, 2013 at 8:56 am

Lol, that’s not true in your case and for all. They want to encourage private browsing that’s why psst.


Forrest April 3, 2013 at 9:07 am

Psst! Incognito mode (Ctrl+Shift+N) may come in handy next time.



Venkat eswarlu April 4, 2013 at 8:55 am

@forrest why’re you shouting next time make sure your Caps Lock is off while typing comment.


Eleanor April 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm

it scared me when it recommended it, not that scary one but i thought i did something bad, i just like deleting my history and the cookies to keep it nice and clean :)

and if your looking for online plane tickets, delete your cookies because every time you
enter their website, the price gets higher, just advice to save money :)


Paul Bucklaw April 4, 2013 at 9:49 am

You know what is all this dung having to go travel to do a simple task. One clear cache button would be great. And as for shockwave on Chrome. It bites, even with the fix.
Maybe Google could use the space for advertising instead.


Rex April 11, 2013 at 8:31 am

My girlfriend was sitting next to me when this poped up for the first time. She looked and me and said ” incognito mode? what do you need incognito mode for >:( ?” horrable timing google…..bad idea….


Venkat eswarlu April 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Ha! Ha LOL


Marya April 19, 2013 at 4:56 am

I find it offensive, like it assumes I’ve been doing something furtive just because I want to clear my cache. I do heavy duty research for a living, and clear my cache daily. I really resent that stupid, offensive message: And Rex’s comment shows exactly how ill thought out the developers’ senses of humor were.


Mowgwana July 8, 2013 at 4:53 am

lol, nah… we all know why it does this… stop pretending you dont watch porn


RandomIdiot August 30, 2013 at 9:19 am

Seems the me the reason for the silly Psst message is more self serving on the part of Google. If you’re like me, when clearing the cache you wipe everything… including all the tasty cookies Google uses to track you. If they convince you to use Incognito mode instead, there is a better chance their own tracking hooks will be left intact. Think about it. Why would they go to the trouble of practically begging you to do it “their way” if there wasn’t something in it for them. No different than Safari on OSX pitching a fit when you try to add a bookmark for Google. Go ahead… try it right now. See how it almost begs you to use the search box instead? They don’t give a crap about your convenience… they’re worried about search referral revenue. When in doubt… follow the money.


xetaprime December 27, 2013 at 2:03 am

I don’t clear browsing data to be secretive in anyway! I do it for HD space! And I hate that notice to no end! I wish I could turn it off!


The Guy January 6, 2014 at 9:48 am

Can’t stop laughing at these comments. LOL!


Thomas January 7, 2014 at 6:16 pm

The things people get and iffy about LOL. It’s like, if you feel like that this isn’t targeted towards you, why do people bother about it. Every time I had to delete stuff was because I went to some dirty stuff by accident.


The Guy January 12, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Oh god, hahaha. Happens to everyone I guess. I never bothered with incognito mode and I don’t think I ever will. But the message bugs me into thinking that they’re watching me in a way that I don’t know of. Kind of creepy but awkward/funny.


JVogie91 February 12, 2014 at 2:50 am

I don’t understand why everyone is so mad at this. It’s not some snide remark assuming what you are doing, it’s just a computer generated notification. It’s not even a pop-up or a website redirect, just an extra line of words before you hit clear browsing data. Just click the damn button and stop getting mad at something so frivolous.


Drake Remore July 10, 2014 at 8:49 am

You people are paranoid. They are giving you hints, simple as that. If they didn’t, you’d probably complain that you wish you could just press a button and view without storing your history and cache.


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