Before getting into the concept of how to turn on private browsing on any web browser, firstly let us try to understand what happens when you open and start surfing on a regular browser. Whenever a web browser is opened, it automatically records the website details such that it helps you find the URL the next time you visit. It also manages the cookies so as to enhance the browsing experience. It lets to install extensions thus allowing to view the content according to your needs. Since almost all the potential information is stored on the hard drive, it becomes mandatory to protect the data so that the information doesn’t get exposed to others. Considering the need for privacy, almost all the web browsers feature private browsing mode which guarantees that the identity is kept secret. Every browser uses a different name for their private browser. However, accessing and accomplishing the task is nearly the same. Here, let us discuss how to turn on private browsing on different popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
The Google Chrome version of the private browser comes in the form of Incognito mode. Browsing in this mode will not save your browsing history, personal details, site data or any other sensitive information. Though the Chrome doesn’t remember the details of files downloaded, still the data remains in hard drive and it needs to be manually deleted. To enable Incognito browser, click on the special menu on the top-right corner of the browser page. Select “New Incognito Window”. Also, make use of the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N to open an Incognito browser.
Mozilla Firefox kept it simple in naming pattern and it is just called “Private Browsing Mode”. To enable this mode, follow these below steps:
Step 1: Open Firefox, and on the top right click on three dots menu.
Step 2: Select “New Private Window’ or else, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N.
Step 3: This will open up a blue window and now you can safely surf in this mode.
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Despite the availability of the latest web browsers, there are several people who use Internet Explorer. And, even this web features a private browser by the name InPrivate browsing. To enable the option, open Internet Explorer and on the top right end, click on the gear icon. Select safety-→InPrivate Browsing. A new window appears with an address bar representing in Blue color. This resembles the Internet Explorer running in private mode.
The Microsoft Edge follows the path of Internet Explorer and features the same name InPrivate Browsing. To enable the option, open the browser window and click settings on the top right corner with horizontal dots. Here, select New InPrivate Window. To ensure that you are accessing a private browser, there will be a blue square written with InPrivate on the top-left corner. Have a look at the new feature of Microsoft Edge on Android.
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