Tuesday, November 5, 2019

IWSG Blog Hop: Something Dark Today, the Darknet and Incognito Window

IWSG Blog Hop---the first Wednesday of every month.
Happy November!!
Hello and welcome to the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog Hop! 

What is the Insecure Writer's Support Group?
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. To find out more, click this link:  Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The purpose of the group is 
* to share and encourage. 
* Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. 
* Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. 
*It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 
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Question for November 6

November 6 Question 

What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?

The strangest thing I ever googled was the Darknet. In 2013, not many people were aware of the existence of the Darknet.

 Wikipedia describes the following uses of the Darknet
"Darknets, in general, may be used for various reasons, such as:
Deadly Undertaking
Romantic Suspense
with a touch of the paranormal

I read an article about the secret web. I didn't believe it because it sounded like something in a spy novel, not in real life. But, sure enough, this amazing concept was a reality. I found it to be an excellent way to ......Oh, sorry I can't tell you since it would be a spoiler in my romantic suspense novel, Deadly Undertaking. (See how I wove this shameless plug into the IWSG blog post?)

In 2020 we have a window named "incognito," so browsing will remain secret and no one knows who is using it for searches. Doesn't that sound so James Bondish? 

And yet, the incognito window is something to use while browsing for keywords for your latest book or to update your older books. Keywords will pop up from everywhere not based on your browsing history. The search will reveal words beyond your personal interests. It isn't the Darknet, but I do feel like a secret agent when snooping in the incognito mode, and it feels great! 
Secret Agent
Image by OpenClipart-Vectors
from Pixabay 

<Looking around to see if someone is watching over my shoulder> Shhh...I'll tell you how to find the incognito window if you promise not to snitch on me. Click on the 3 stacked dots on the right of your Google search bar. You can choose the incognito window from the drop-down menu to go underground. Now, remember to keep it under your hat, kiddo. <wink>

Have you heard of the Darknet? (I won't ask if you are using it.) Have you used the incognito window? In the comment section below, please enlighten us with your experience using the incognito window--unless you want it to remain a secret! 

Click here to read another blog about the Darknet on the Focused on Story Blog.

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  1. That darknet stuff is pretty interesting. I bet you lost a few hours there!

  2. Hi,
    Yes, I do know about the Dark Net, but I have never used it. Here in Germany, there is a lot of illegal activities that take place over the Dark Net. I have never heard of Incognito. I think that regardless of whether it is Dark Net or incognito, a writer needs to have a good reason for researching on such platforms because of how they are frequently used.
    Wishing you a lovely November.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Yes, Pat. I stay off of them. Bad company on the darknet, but I do use the incognito window for finding keywords.

  3. I'm never sure how far you can go before you wind up on the Darknet. I do use incognito mode (although it won't stop the police, or your boss from finding out, if you're up to things.) And I have used encrypted browsers.

    1. Aha, Karen, we can be secret agent partners.wink wink

  4. That last search item about circumventing the system is a real whistle blower! No one has come knocking at your door yet, have they?

    1. No one...yet. Google supposedly can't trace me, but I doubt that's true.

  5. My current series involves historical erotica--sexy images and stories, some of them transgressive even by today's standards. Sometimes I remember to search incognito, sometimes not. So far, the G Men haven't come for me. I wish you happy writing in November!

    1. Thanks, Sadira. Incognito would be good for this so you don't receive all kinds of unwanted emails and ads.

  6. I am so going to use that Incognito feature! I'd asked my husband last year if there was a way to visit websites without registering a visit.

  7. I read about Darknet... in some thriller novels, I think. I thought it was fictional.

  8. It sounds like a futuristic possibility. But nope, it's here!

  9. The Darknet scares the bejeezus out of me.

  10. I've heard about the Darknet via TV and movies. Although I assumed it's real, I've never researched it. You're braver than I am.

    1. Ha! Let's just say I researched it, but never hopped on the Darknet. I'm not so brave, Diane!

  11. Darknet search sounds interesting. I have never tried incognito but will plan to now. Happy Belated IWSG!

    1. Incognito gives you searches you would never get when still having your search history. Happy REALLY belated IWSG back at ya!

  12. I've heard of the Darknet several times but I've never been on it and don't plan to. With all the crime going through it I'm afraid my computer would get hacked! Still, fascinating. I can see how it would be great inspiration for spy and suspense ("thriller" as they call it now) fiction.

  13. I think you have a good plan there, Steven. Don't get on it!!!


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