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Chrome for iOS glitch sees incognito mode spilling private searches

Bug sees secret browsing showing up in history
Thu Oct 03 2013, 15:43

A GLITCH has been found in Google's Chrome app for iOS 7, which sees the browser's incognito mode failing to keep users' searches private.

UK development and design firm Parallax spotted the flaw in the latest version of the Chrome app that Google has updated to add support for Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system and, perhaps ironically, a number of security improvements.

The Parallax team has discovered that incognito mode in Chrome for iOS 7, Google's 'private browsing' option, no longer keeps tabs or searches a secret. For example, if searching using the address bar with incognito mode switched on and then return to a normal tab, Google's mobile website will display history from the so-called private mode.

Parallax project manager Tom Feller said in a blog post, "It appears that incognito mode in the iOS 7 version of Google Chrome is broken.

"Searches completed in incognito windows in the updated Google Chrome app are shared with the regular browser. This is especially important as Google Chrome has a unified search and URL bar, meaning that people often search rather than typing full URLs."

We've tested this on our iPhone 5C and have managed to replicate the problem. However, it's worth noting that search terms only show up when made directly on, so it's unlikely to affect that many users.

Google has yet to comment on the issue, but it's likely that an updated app will be released any day now.

Parallax has released a video of the glitch in action, which you can view below. µ


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