Pheil: Be incognito when browsing the Web
December 9, 2013
Sometimes we simply don't want our web-browsing activities to be known by others. Perhaps you share a computer with multiple people. Perhaps you're using a public computer. Perhaps you're shopping for a gift for your lovely-yet-nosey spouse who often checks out your browsing history to see what you've been up to.
It's at times like these we can browse the web incognito — so long as you're using Chrome as your browser.
"Incognito Mode" in Chrome lets you browse privately. Sites you visit and files you download aren't recorded or added to your browser's history. Plus, cookies are deleted after you close your incognito window.
Using Incognito Mode in Chrome is dead simple. Open up Chrome and press Ctrl + Shift + N. New Incognito window = open! You can now enjoy this small island of temporary privacy in the midst of our mostly-not-private online world.
Grab Bag: Your four Links of the Week
1. http://tinyurl.com/q3zpmbb – A team of modern-day Willy Wonkas has created a digital lollipop that can stimulate any flavor your imagination can dream of.
2. http://tinyurl.com/6xv9au – Recently we reviewed some creative, potentially new ideas you could use for your company's blog posts. This article takes things one step further and explains not only why the titles of your blog posts are absolutely critical, but how you can craft blog post titles that attract readers to your posts like a magnet. The article encourages you to remember that "the purpose of a title is to get potential readers to read the first line of your content," then lists eight useful examples on how you can do exactly that. A great read for anyone writing blog posts.
3. http://tinyurl.com/n2mefvp – In this blog post, I explain how you can immediately (and easily!) boost your WordPress website's security in two minutes flat. (Alternatively, if you're a technophobe, you can ask your webmaster to take care of this relatively simple action for you.)
4. http://gmelius.com/ – Gmelius is a Chrome extension focused on a cleaner and smarter Gmail inbox. Gmelius lets you make customizations such as disabling the "Consider including …" feature, moving email labels over to the right of your inbox, removing the People widget, customizing the navigation icons, removing ads, and adding subtle row highlights — among many, many others. In other words, it lets you play around and tweak and change until Gmail is exactly how you always wished it could be: customized, better-looking, easier for you to use, and ad-free.
Erin Pheil is the owner of TimeForCake Creative Media—the Web Design & Strategy company voted #1 in Best of Summit. Visit her company's website at http://www.timeforcake.com or email Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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