Online marketing and tracking technologies are developing fast. To catch up and improve the user experience, software providers also create new tools and integrate them into their products. Web browsers are at the forefront of the battle for a safe Internet, as unlike any other type of software they have to deal with intrusive ad networks the whole time. The developers of top web browsers quickly realized that the amount of information websites are collecting is making their users look for better, and more private options. So they offered a new way of exploring the Web — Private mode, often called “Incognito”.
Is Incognito Safe?
Incognito mode is designed to create a safe browsing session, anonymizing the visitor and deleting the cookies on visited pages straight away. This makes online tracking, done by the intrusive and not-so-trustworthy marketing networks, much harder to perform. Users can always share their data with the advertisers intentionally or not, but the web browsers’ promise stands at not saving, storing, or sharing the data automatically when Incognito or Private mode is being used.
One obvious inconvenience of Incognito is that the user has to login into their accounts for each separate session, as well as to fill out their data. But another problem, that is more familiar to the advanced users, is that Incognito mode works without the browser add-ons, due to which most people would keep their ad blocker running. So fighting for privacy on one end, the user loses it on the other, and this contradiction can only be resolved by knowing how to activate an ad blocker for Incognito mode.
Does Incognito Mode Prevent Ads?
The funny fact is that in your first Incognito session you’d probably encounter more ads than browsing the Web as usual. This is because all the add-ons, including the ones for ad blocking, are deactivated. Huge banners and pop-ups, which are usually filtered, appear again. Another annoying thing about these ads is poor personalization. Since Incognito logs you out of all your accounts and doesn’t let searches be associated with you, the ad placeholders will show you anything at random, instead of the ads targeted by your interests.
This is why the users need a better solution. The solution that would combine all the best effects of the anti-tracking and anti-ad technologies, something that is easy to use and doesn’t require constant manual actions in a handful of apps.
How to Enable Ad Blocker in Incognito Mode?
Most of the users are only familiar with ad-blocking technology in a form of a web browser add-on. While many ad-blocking add-ons can be enabled even when browsing Incognito, the effects of such use are dubious. The reason is online tracking that relies on the browser data of people. Incognito mode aims at minimizing the amount of data they share with the websites. At the same time, browser add-ons are some of the best sources to obtain that data. So just by using an ad-blocking add-on, you disclose some key details of your browser, location, and personality to someone on the other end — as well, when browsing in Private mode.
But not all ad blockers work the same way. Besides the browser add-ons — small, free, and convenient, but also not very secure — there is another, more comprehensive ad-blocking solution available. AdLock can make online ads stop in all the apps and browsers you are using. This one-for-all program runs on the background of your PC, Mac, or phone, protecting you from intrusive pop-ups and data hijacking on the system level, and doesn’t particularly engage in a data exchange with your browser. With the AdLock desktop or mobile app, you can use ad blocker in Incognito, too.
How to Block All Ads with AdLock in Incognito Mode
Once installed as a desktop or mobile app, AdLock activates the protection for your entire device without any need for manual action. Its pre-installed list of filters already includes everything you need to stop the ads, block online trackers, keep an eye on spyware and other Internet threats. With AdLock intuitive interface you can always manage the applications and web browsers that will use those filters. The protection is adapted to each browser, including the most used ones that we are going to discuss below.
How to Block Ads in Private Mode with AdLock in Firefox
Firefox gained a reputation as the top private browser for regular use, due to its adaptability using open source as well as no affiliation to the known data collection giants. But even though the Firefox add-on store has a choice of ad-blocking extensions, the only secure way to allow ad blocker in Incognito Firefox is to let its traffic go through the system-level filtration. You can do it in a few simple steps:
- Install AdLock on your machine;
- Activate your license in the app;
- Open Settings > Apps;
- Confirm that the toggle next to Firefox is set to Filter;
- If Firefox is not in the list of apps, you can add it manually by clicking the “+” icon and selecting it from the system folder.
How to Block Ads with AdLock in Incognito Chrome
AdLock offers a free Chrome extension for anti-ad protection on the normal browser sessions. However, only the AdLock desktop app can give you the desired result when it comes to browsing Incognito. AdLock for Windows PC or Mac does not differentiate between the regular and Incognito windows of your browser. It filters all the traffic and weeds out the trash from the whole Chrome session regardless of if you want it private or not. So just make sure you have Chrome in the apps list in your AdLock and that the toggle is set to Filter, as shown above.
How to Get Rid of All Ads with AdLock on Microsoft Edge
Just recently Microsoft structured its Edge Add-Ons marketplace, allowing new and already known ad blockers to enter the competition. Currently, Edge Add-Ons is still in the Beta version and there are reports of the extensions crushing during work in this browser. This is where AdLock comes especially handy! If you work with Microsoft Edge’s InPrivate mode and don’t want the ads to drive you nuts, try installing AdLock and see how seamlessly it removes all the pop-ups from your view. Microsoft Edge is added to the main list of apps to be filtered by default, so you won’t need to do anything extra in your AdLock menu. However, at any point, you can use the toggle to block, filter, or leave it alone, depending on your browsing needs.
It might seem like overkill at first, but using the Incognito mode of your web browser and blocking the ads at the same time is a good idea. Not only this gives you the comfort of viewing the web pages but also eliminates the potential dangers of online tracking. But you might not be willing to exchange the security for convenience, choosing an ad-blocking web browser add-on for this task. A better alternative, the system-wide ad blocking defense, like the one from AdLock, makes this really simple and not a single bit less secure.