How To Enable Private Browsing On Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer

Secure BrowsingWeb browsers have become an integral part of our lives and for a lot of people, a browser is the only way they interact with their computer.  For example, if you’re reading this post, chances are you’re using an Internet browser to read it. While you may not realize, all internet browsers collect and store a lot of information while you surf the Internet. Some of this information, like web page caching, is used for speeding up your experience surfing the web but other bits and pieces can be used to track your behaviour online, log you in automatically to websites and in general, help websites, or other individuals using your computer, identify your online behaviour.

If you only use your own computer to surf the web, this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re someone who’s paranoid about their security, most browsers also give you a way to disable this behaviour. Safari calls it the Private Browsing mode, On Chrome it is known as the incognito mode and Internet Explorer prefers the term InPrivate browsing. In this post, we’ll teach you how to enable the private browsing mode for your preferred browser so that the next time you’re browsing the internet from a public computer, you can be sure to not leave any breadcrumbs behind. Ok, that was a little cheesy but you get the drift !

Enable Private Browsing On Safari

Safari is probably the easiest when it comes to enabling the private browsing mode since it actually features a menu item under the Safari menu for precisely this purpose. Click on the Safari menu and select the Private Browsing option and you’re done.

Safari - Private Browsing

Incognito Mode On Google Chrome

Google’s Chrome Internet browser is fast gaining on the popularity charts and for good reason. It is incredibly fast and lightweight and still manages to pack in all the power features that it’s more mature competitors sport, including a private browsing mode that Google calls the incognito mode. To enable an incognito session on Chrome, just press the Ctrl+Shit+N key combination whenever you’re using Chrome and the browser will open a new window for you to surf privately. You can also open an incognito window from the File menu.

Chrome - Incognito Mode

Private Browsing On Firefox

Firefox is the only browser, among those that I use, that thinks of the Private Browsing mode as a “Tool”, instead of a “feature”. That is evident from the fact that, on Firefox, the option to start a private browsing session is present under the Tools menu rather than the File menu.

Firefox - Private Browsing Mode

InPrivate Browsing On Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer has been quite late in catching up with the other browsers but with version 8, the grand-daddy of internet browsers also has a private browsing mode called the InPrivate mode. To activate the InPrivate mode, simply use the ctrl+shift+P key combination.

We’ve covered the top 4 Internet browsers in this post, but if you use any other browsers that have a similar feature please let us know in the comments.

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