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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Fix Twitter Retweets using a Greasemonkey script

Twitter LogoRetweets have always been one of Twitter’s most powerful features, except, that ReTweeting was never even a feature that the Twitter team developed.

Retweets using the RT (or the ‘via @user’) format were pioneered and popularized by the early adapters of the service and it is only when twitter attained a mass following did everyone else recognize the potential of retweets.

The official stance on retweeting, however, was still that they’re just a type of tweet and the twitter development team never made any moves to incorporate retweets into their web interface even as almost all third party twitter clients supported retweeting in one form or the other.

Last month the twitter team’s stance changed, though, and they launched a new ReTweet feature that is now a part of the web interface and is now officially the way ReTweets are supposed to work.

Ever since the retweet feature launched, a lot of people have been complaining about the way it has been implemented, specifically the fact that the ReTweeted tweet displays the original tweeter’s DP rather than your friend who RT’ed it.

If you’re one of those who’re annoyed by this implementation, Leonard Lin from userscripts, has a solution for you.

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Customize Gmail and remove the clutter with Minimalist Gmail

GmailGmail is one of the world’s most popular free email services and is definitely my favorite email service. The reasons that I like Gmail for are simple enough. In my opinion, the reason Gmail is so popular is because Google really goes the extra mile to ensure that the Interface remains as clutter free as possible.

Even the advertisements that Google displays are all kept as discreet as possible and for people who don’t like to see ads, they even provide IMAP/SMTP as an option for those users.

Google has so far done a very good job of keeping the web based interface of Gmail clean and (mostly) clutter free. But, over the years as google has added features to Gmail, the interface, the two sidebars in particular, have become a little cluttered.

And to satisfy the power users, they’ve even gone so far as to implement a separate Labs section where they release features that are not considered ready for prime time. If you have a couple of these features enabled, they clutter the sidebar even more.

So, what are your options if you want to use the web based interface of Gmail but still want it to be as clutter free as your desktop email client ?

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Lunascape – World’s First Triple Engine Browser

LunascapeLet’s have a small poll. How many web browsers do you use ?

Those of you thinking that this is a rhetorical question, it’s not. If you guys are anything like me, I’m sure you have multiple browsers installed on your system. I’ve always had multiple browsers on my all my systems. If I’m using Windows, I use Internet Explorer, Firefox and now Chrome and if I’m on Linux, I use Firefox and depending on the environment that I’m using, konqueror or epiphany.

My reason for using multiple browsers is that as a web designer, I need to make sure the scripts that I code, the pages that I design work well in all the browsers and so I need to test on them. As a user, you guys might have different reasons. Let’s face it, some sites really do work better with Internet Explorer.

Whatever the reason, if you have multiple browsers installed on your computer, Lunascape is sure to give you some relief.

Lunascape is the world’s first (and only – according to their website) web broweser which works with three different rendering engines – Gecko (Firefox), Trident (IE) and Webkit (Safari/Chrome).

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Download manager for Firefox – DownThemAll

DownThemAll If you’ve ever had to deal with an errant internet connection while downloading a set of hefty multimedia files, you’ll know how irritating that can be. The internet keeps going down and the browser keeps trying to start your download, all over again. Even if the connection is holding up well, the Internet and TCP/IP in particular, was never designed for the huge files that we transfer these days, and sooner or later you are bound the drop the connection or have your download timed out.

Back when most people used dial up to connect to the Internet, download managers were pretty much the only way to download files off the Internet. Well, the download managers still exists and they’ve gotten a lot more smarter. DownThemAll is one such download manager.

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How to download an album from Facebook

FacebookFacebook is, by all accounts, the biggest photo sharing site on the planet. Millions of photos are added everyday to facebook and the number is only going to grow given the ridiculous growth that facebook is seeing.

The photos application is also one of the more social aspects of facebook and everyone loves to tag, comment and generally have fun with photos. 

All that is well and good, but what do you do if you want to download a complete album to your computer and view it offline. Facebook doesn’t provide  any tools to do that. Sure, you could save each photo individually but that’d take a long time and be really painful.

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Control firefox with the keyboard using ubiquity

UbiquityWell, actually, Ubiquity can do a lot more.

Ubiquity is a firefox extesion that is can really only be described as a launcher for the Internet, integrated with the web browser, which in this case is Firefox. Confused ?

Well, Let me explain. Ubiquity allows you to use your keyboard to give commands to the browser that’ll let you do anything that you would otherwise use the mouse for. So, for example, if you want to search for something using google. You can Just use the keyboard to instruct ubiquity to do that for you. If you want to search amazon for the latest gadgets, Ubiquity can do that too.

Ubiquity is like Quicksilver (or GNOME Do, if you’re so inclined) for the Internet browser.

To get started with Ubiquity, Install it from this location.

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Manage your Photos with Firefox using GPhotospace

In the past year a lot of online storage companies have sprung up and a lot of them had to shut down. With the exception of Adrive (and now Skydrive) most companies only give away a measly 1 or 2 GBs for free with their basic offering. I mean come ‘on, Gmail gives more space than that.

The only problem is the space available with Gmail can only be used to store Email. What if I wanted to use the extra space lying around (7GB and counting) for storing Photos.

Gphotospace is your solution my friend. It is a free firefox extension that uses Gmail to store all your photos online. Donwload and install Gphotospace from the above link and you’re all set.

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