Applications executing at a computing device may operate in a variety of modes, including a regular mode and a private mode. When operating in the private mode, the application may refrain from storing activity information. For instance, when operating in the private mode, a web browser application may refrain from storing browsing history, cookies and site data, and/or information entered in forms. Similarly, when operating in the regular mode, the web browser application may store, after receiving user authorization, browsing history, cookies and site data, and/or information entered in forms. A user may cause an application to operate in the private mode by navigating a menu structure. However, in some cases, triggering operation in the private mode in this way (or other ways) may be undesirable or cumbersome. As such, in some examples, a user may cause an application to switch into the private mode by performing a gesture. One example gesture includes the user placing the side of their hand on a display of the computing device (e.g., as one would do when covering answers during an exam or when concealing cards during a poker game). However, it is noted that any gesture may be utilized.
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Shahid, Nabil, "GESTURE BASED ACTIVATION OF PRIVATE MODE", Technical Disclosure Commons, (December 23, 2019)