How to keep a private stash of bookmarks in Chrome

How to keep a private stash of bookmarks in Chrome

Incognito Mode in Chrome can keep your browsing history secret unless you have a nosy Internet Service Provider, and you’re not using a VPN. But one t

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Incognito Mode in Chrome can keep your browsing history secret unless you have a nosy Internet Service Provider, and you’re not using a VPN. But one thing incognito doesn’t keep secret are any bookmarks you’ve got. If you’ve ever wanted to keep a private collection of bookmarks the Chrome extension Hush is one solution.

The extension only works in incognito mode and encrypts your store of private bookmarks that can only be accessed with the password.

It’s a pretty easy extension to use and can come in handy if you’re trying to plan a surprise party on a family computer or just keep some sites to yourself.

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Hush works only in incognito mode.

To start using Hush, download and install it from the Chrome Web Store (link above). Once it’s installed, if you click on Hush’s lock icon to the right of the address bar, you’ll see a note that it only works in incognito mode.

For that to happen, however, you have to enable the extension manually. Type chrome://extensions into the address bar and hit Enter.

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You must allow Hush to work in incognito mode.

Scroll down to Hush’s section and check the box labeled Allow in incognito. Chrome will then display a warning explaining that the browser can’t prevent an extension from tracking you in incognito mode.

For its part, Hush says it never tracks, shares, or stores any of your data aside from the bookmarks you create using the service.

Once you’ve enabled Hush, click on the icon again and select Open incognito window. An incognito window will then open asking you to enter a password for Hush. Choose whatever password you like, click Load bookmarks, and you’re all set.

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