Yesterday, I became a bit peeved about the speed of page rendering in Mozilla Firefox as compared to Uzbl. While Uzbl is a fantastic browser, it is not my preferred choice for a daily-use browser (yet). Further, as it is built on WebKit, I figured that that might have something to do with its great speed. Seeing as Chromium is also built upon WebKit, but has a more polished and readily recognisable GUI, I decided to give it a go, and I emerged 4.0.266.0-r1. It is a very snappy browser indeed!
I did notice something about it though; privacy concerns. It seemed to be a pain to browse in a “more secure” style (and by “more secure,” I mean that–no browsing is completely secure for a multitude of reasons). After perusing the settings for a while, I noticed the “Incognito” mode for Chromium. I opened it up, and it seems to be a bit more secure than the regular browsing mode. However, it seemed like quite the burden to have to open up the browser and select that option every time I wanted to browse the web. Looking through the man page yielded no help, but I did find that incognito mode IS an option accepted at the terminal:
Using that option, Chromium will start in incognito mode automatically. Now, if you want your shortcuts to start in this mode as well, you will probably need to consult documentation regarding launcher modification in your window manager or desktop environment. If you use Openbox though, here is what you need your menu item to look like:
<item label=”Google Chromium”>
<action name=”execute”><command>/usr/bin/chromium –incognito</command></action>
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding Chromium’s privacy or such, please post them below.
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