What is Private Browsing?
Every now and then most of us have to use a public computer to complete some work. It might be using a friend, library or office computer. Sometime we need private browsing if we intend to surprise our spouse like buying a gift or planning a holiday. Private browsing will act as an invisible mode without leaving behind traces of your work.
By default, an internet browser stores information and data on the computer. Anybody with sane knowledge can easily access your confidential information using the cache. You might invite a lot more problem should you unknowingly click “Remember my password” option during your work.
The main benefit of private browsing is that it helps prevent information from being gathered in the browser during the time the stealth mode is on. This is ideal for carrying out a little under-the-radar browsing on the computer.
Here is how you can surf privately in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chromes using their inbuilt private browsing options without any traces.
Google Chrome Incognito
- Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
- For Mac users: If you can’t see the wrench icon, go to the menu bar at the top of your screen and click File.
- Select New incognito window.
- If you want to open a specific link in an incognito window, right-click (or control-click on a Mac) the link and select Open link in incognito window.
Using Keyboard shortcut
” Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows and Linux) and ?-Shift-N (Mac) to open an incognito window.
Internet Explorer Inprivate
Click on ‘Tools’ menu and selecting ‘InPrivate Browsing’ to switch to private browsing in Internet Explorer. Press Alt key if you can’t see the menu.
Using Keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + P
Firefox Private Browsing
Firefox also added a private browsing feature with version 3.5 and later.
- Click ‘Tools’ > ‘Start Private Browsing’ for Firefox. Return to normal surfing mode, click ‘Tools’ > ‘Stop Private Browsing’.
Keyboard Shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + P
Although surfing around in private mode prevents internet browser from keeping information regarding those sites you’ve visited. Web sites you visit may still have records of your visit. Files saved to your computer will still remain on your computer and your boss might still capable to keep track of the website you’ve visited. Private mode merely made a person checking out “where you have been visiting” on the pc can’t see where you have been.
Published by Spyware, Adware and Computer Security News (www.spywarenews.org)