How To Browse The Web Incognito In All Major Internet Browsers - Page 2

Mozilla Firefox - Private Browsing

To enable Private Browsing in Mozilla Firefox, click or tap the Open menu button on the top right side of the browser window.

Then, click or tap the New Private Window option.

A new private window is opened, with a notification telling you that when you're browsing in private mode, Firefox won't keep any browser history, search history, download history, web form history, cookies, or temporary internet files. However, files you download and bookmarks you make will be kept.

One important difference between Firefox and other browsers is that it explicitly warns you that your ISP (Internet Service Provider) or employer can still track the pages you visit.

If you are a keyboard user, you should know that the shortcut for Private Browsing is Ctrl+Shift+N.

To check if the current Firefox window has Private Browsing enabled, look for the purple mask icon in the top right corner of the browser window. It it is there, you are using this feature.

You should note that all the information in this section is also applicable to the 64-bit version of Firefox - Mozilla Waterfox.

Google Chrome - Incognito

Google Chrome calls private browsing Incognito. To open a new Incognito window, you have to press the Customize and control Google Chrome button in the top right corner of the browser window.

Then, click or tap the New incognito window section.

A new window is opened, telling you that web pages you view in incognito tabs won't stick around in your browser's history, cookie store, or search history after you've closed all of your incognito tabs. Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be kept.

Lastly, you should know that Incognito disables extensions. You can manually enable them to work in this mode too.

If you are a keyboard user, you should know that the shortcut for browsing Incognito is Ctrl+Shift+N.

In the Google Chrome browser you can recognize an Incognito window by its logo: an image of a person in disguise (raincoat, hat and dark glasses). This logo is shown in the top left corner of the browser window.

You should note that all the information in this section is also applicable to the 64-bit version of Google Chrome.

Opera - Private Browsing

To open a private window in Opera, you have to press the Opera button found on the top left side of the browser window. Then, click or tap the New private window.

A notification is displayed in the Private Window saying: "Entering private browsing. As soon as you close this tab, all the information connected with it will be erased.". You can disable this notification by checking the corresponding checkbox.

By clicking the Learn more link you will open a help page from Opera, where you can learn that "Private browsing ensures that your internet history and activity is removed as soon as you close the window.".

You will also learn that when the private window is closed browsing history, items in cache, cookies and logins are deleted. Also, a closed window cannot be recovered from the "Recently closed" list in the main menu.

If you are a keyboard user, you should know that the shortcut to open a Private Window is Ctrl+Shift+N.

To check if you are browsing in a Private Window watch for the sunglasses logo on the left side of the tab.

Conclusion

Private browsing is especially useful when you are on a public computer and you don't want your browsing history to be accessible by the next person using that computer. However, you may also have reasons to use it on your own personal or work computers. Whatever the reason for using it, you should remember that it can only stop the people using the same computer as you from seeing anything about your browsing history, but you can't stop anyone else. Privacy is very relative on the Internet and the Internet Service Provider, the network admin and other parties can learn what you were browsing even when using private browsing. Before you close this article, do share with us: Have you used these private browsing modes yourself? Which browser you prefer for this activity and why? For more articles on this topic, check out some of our related guides and if you have any suggestions, questions or problems, do not hesitate to use the comments form below.