What is Incognito Mode/Private Browsing/InPrivate Browsing?
These days all Internet browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer etc.) have a way of browsing without saving a browsing history. This feature has a different name depending on which browser you are using. On Chrome it’s called Incognito Mode, on Firefox it’s Private Browsing, and on Internet Explorer its InPrivate Browsing. These all are a privacy feature in a web browser that disables the browsing history and web cache. This means that there will be no recorded browsing history for the time that the user has their browser in Private Browsing.
So, does Covenant Eyes still see the activity?
Yes, Covenant Eyes is able to see web browsing done in Private Browsing. We do not get our information from the Browsing History, so even with it disabled, Covenant Eyes is still tracking the Internet activity and the activity will still appear on the Accountability Report.
What does it look like on the Report?
Presently, Covenant Eyes does not have a way of alerting the Accountability Partner on the Report that the private browsing feature has been enabled. When this feature is enabled, it does disable our Covenant Eyes extension. With the extension disabled, the clarity of our reporting is affected. Our extension is what we use to distinguish between a Visited Page and Secondary Content or ads. Without the Covenant Eyes extension enabled, all of the browsing activity will appear on the Report as Web Content. The activity will still be rated correctly, so it is important that Accountability Partners investigate all Web Content, specifically highly rated Web Content, and that they have a conversation with the Accountability User.
It is important to note that just because Web Content entries appear on the Report, it does not automatically mean that the private browsing mode has been enabled. Even with the Covenant Eyes extension enabled, we will still report Web Content. Web Content, in this context, may refer to a background URL running on a visited page, an image viewed through a Twitter client installed on a computer, etc. This is why an open line of communication between the Accountability Partner and the User is imperative for a good accountability relationship.
If the Accountability Partner is still struggling with understanding the Web Content entries on a Report, they can always submit a Report question to our Ratings Team.