It's common lore that the private browsing modes are there so that people surfing for Internet pornography can hide their tracks from others with whom they share a machine. But I've recently switched to using private browsing mode all the time.
And now I wish browsers allowed me to configure them to, by default, always operate in private browsing mode. I'd like to flip the logic and have an explicit public browsing mode when I want the browser to remember where I've been and what I've entered.
In private browsing mode the browser:
1. Forgets the history once I close it. Handy since I rarely need to review my history and no one needs to know that I spend my time browsing web sites about this.
2. Deletes any cookies. So, this helps to foil tracking by advertising companies and since I never use those 'remember me' options on web sites I don't need cookies to hang around between sessions.
3. Forgets about anything I enter into forms. This seems like a sensible security measure. Really no reason for the browser to be remembering my address, or credit card number or other sensitive data.
4. Forgets any passwords. I have a whole scheme for dealing with passwords and use two-factor authentication when it's available. No need for the browser to be storing them.
So, which browser is going to be the first to offer a by default incognito mode?