Chrome Incognito may require a fingerprint on Android
As of 2020, some Google apps on iOS added a “privacy screen” that requires touch or face authentication to access. Chrome for Android now has the ability to lock your Incognito tabs behind your fingerprint.
When you have Incognito tabs open, quitting Chrome instantly locks those pages behind fingerprint authentication.
Launching the browser to return to these tabs will show a gray screen with the Incognito logo in the center. Tap “Unlock Incognito” to open the system fingerprint sheet to “Verify it’s you”. The option “to use PIN code” is also available in the lower left corner.
Other available options include returning to normal tabs, while the overflow menu remains in its usual position for “Close private browsing tabs”. (It would probably be better if this was placed behind the fingerprint lock.)
This is useful when giving your phone to someone who does not know your password. It can be enabled/disabled from Settings > Privacy & Security > Lock Incognito tabs when exiting Chrome (use screen lock to see open Incognito tabs).
Incognito’s fingerprint lock isn’t widely rolled out yet, but you can enable it immediately with the following Chrome flag on recent versions of Android:
A launch is likely to happen sooner rather than later as the flag is already in the stable channel (Chrome 105).
Called “privacy screen”, Google Drive, Search, Fi, Chrome and Authenticator (2FA codes) for iOS already have this capability. Google Authenticator for Android definitely needs it.
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