Privacy is a hot topic, and our web browsers are at the center of most of our privacy battles. The first web browser that launched the private mode was Safari for Mac OS, in 2005. Since then, all the major web browsers have developed a "private browsing" mode. The privacy delivered by each browser has significant differences, and all of them fall short of our expectations about what it means to browse the web privately. In this opinion article, we want to advocate a list of features that can increase, in meaningful ways, the concept of private browsing.
Cookies are pieces of data that are saved in your web browser by the websites you visit. Third-party cookies have their origins on other domains than the website you visit. Most of the time, third-party cookies are used by ad services to offer you targeted ads that are based on your browsing history and your web searches. However, these cookies can raise privacy concerns as they can also be used to store your browsing history across websites that use the same ad services.
About InPrivate and Incognito: What is private browsing? What does it do? Which browser is the best?
When you want to hide something that you do online, you use a private browsing mode like Incognito, Private Browsing, or InPrivate. However, do you know how private you are when you use this way of browsing the web? Can others still see what you are doing online? Also, do you know which browser is best at protecting your privacy? We have tested Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Opera, and we have the answers to all these questions.
Keyboard shortcuts for Incognito private browsing (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge & Opera)
Private browsing is a common practice for leaving fewer traces while browsing the web. When you browse the web, and you do not want the next item you search to become the only thing you see in ads, for weeks, it is nice to know that the private or incognito browsing is, literally, at your fingertips. Let's find out how to open the private browsing modes offered by Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Internet Explorer, using only keyboard shortcuts:
How do I make the text bigger in Chrome and other browsers (Firefox, Edge, Opera, Internet Explorer)
Have you tried to read a web page and you had to squint your eyes because the font size was too small? The combination of resolutions and screen sizes can result in wild pairings that make the text on the web pages hard to read. The question is: How do I permanently enlarge text in my browser? The answer differs quite a lot depending on the web browser that you use. In this guide, we answer this question for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Internet Explorer. Read on to find out how to enlarge text in your favorite web browser:
How to put Google Chrome and other browsers in full screen (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Opera)
To navigate the internet, you must use a web browser which usually has a navigation toolbar and a browsing area in which you see the websites that you visit. That is called window mode, but it is not the only way in which you can use the web browser. There is also the full-screen mode which renders websites over your entire display area. Whether because the monitor is too small and the resolution too high or for any other reason, it seems that there is never enough screen space available on our displays.
Websites are capable of pushing notifications to our desktops with the help of a web browser. When you subscribe to the notifications sent by a website, it can push them to your desktop even when you are not visiting the site. That can be useful if you want to always be in the loop with the latest news. However, it can also be annoying if you clicked on "Allow notifications" by mistake, and you are bombarded with notifications that you do not want.
In Windows 10, the default web browser is Microsoft Edge, the latest browser developed by Microsoft. However, even if Edge brings many new features and improvements when compared to Microsoft's previous browser - Internet Explorer - you may still want to change your default browser to another one, which you are already using.
Do Not Track or DNT is a web browser setting that requests websites or web applications disable their tracking of the user. When DNT is enabled in your web browser, the web browser signals all websites that you visit, and the third-party services that they are using, that you do not want to be tracked. Here is an explanation of how DNT works, and how to turn it on in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Internet Explorer:
Proxy servers are either public services that promise to bypass content restrictions on the internet or are imposed on private networks by the administrator (this is the case for corporate networks) who wants to control and optimize the access to the internet. Regardless of the need to use a proxy server, when you use a web browser, you may have to set this up. This tutorial shows you how to set a proxy server in all the major browsers for Windows: Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Opera.