Private Browsing is a browser feature that allows you to cover your track by preventing other users of the same computer sneaking into your web activity. Once it is activated, temporary files such as cookies, images, downloads history and the list of sites you have visited will not be saved.
There are various reasons why you want to browse the web in ‘Private Browsing’ mode. For example, when you are on your home computer, you may not want your siblings or parents check out later what sites you have visited, or if you are accessing your bank account or shopping online on a non-private computer. No matter what your motive for privacy might be, Private Browsing will get you covered.
In fact, the term “Private Browsing” is usually associated with Firefox and Safari and other browser vendors use similar names that basically mean the same thing. For example, Google Chrome call it Incognito Mode while Internet Explorer refers to this as InPrivate browsing.
Here’s how you activate it in each browser:
- Activating Incognito mode in Chrome for Desktop/Android/iOS
- Activating Private browsing in Firefox
- Activating Private browsing in Safari
- Enable InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer
Chrome Desktop version:
Settings in the top-right corner and select
New Incognito Window or if you prefer browser shortcuts use Ctrl + Shift+ N for Windows/Linux users or if you are using Mac, use the shortcut: ⌘–Shift–N for Mac users.
Chrome Android version:
Open Chrome on your Android device and tap on the menu key panel (the left button on the device) and then select
New Incognito tab. Here’s how it looks on my Samsung S4:
Chrome iOS version:
New Private Window or use the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+ Shift+ P.
Click on the gear icon in the top-right corner of your browser and select
As you can see activating Private Browsing on Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer is really easy and just a few clicks away. Drop me a comment below if you have any questions or issues.