Going Incognito in Linux

9:59 AM

Most people already know about the Incognito mode in Google's Chrome/Chromium browser. It allows you to browse the internet without leaving behind any footprints - no temporary internet files, no history, no cookies, etc. However did you know you can use this handy tool from the command line without ever having to open up Google Chrome/Chromium?

All you have to do is type the following:

chromium-browser --incognito <website address>
chrome-browser --incognito <website address>

The only downside to using this method is you can't perform searches from the command line (not that I'm aware of anyways).

And of course, if you really want to cover your tracks, you will need to delete your command line history. You can do this by typing the following in Terminal:

history -c

Happy browsing! :)

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  1. When I'm that worried, I boot Slax from a flash drive and have it load to RAM.