How to enable Private Browsing in Chrome, Firefox & Internet Explorer

Written by Tushar. Posted in Tips & Tricks

Privacy is something which everyone need every time. What about your browsing privacy while you surf on web browsers ? Well that thing has been taken care by the top web browser makers. “Private browsing” a special feature that Chrome, Firefox and internet explorer has ,at present. With Private browsing you will leave no trail of what you have browsed. In private browsing mode your cookies, temporary Internet files, history, all will not be recorded in the web browser.

If you are thinking that it will provide security too. Let me clear, Private browsing doesn’t protect you against any viruses, tracking programs or keyloggers installed in your computer.

Private Browisng has different names for different browsers. For Google Chrome it’s “incognito”, for Mozilla Firefox it’s “Private Browsing” and for Internet Explorer it’s “InPrivate Browsing”.

Now I am going to provide you the details about how to enable Private Browsing for these web browsers.

Enable incognito in Google Chrome

Open the settings menu, its located on the top right corner of your Chrome window. In the menu you will find “New incognito window”.

Google Chrome

Now a new window will appear where you can browse anything on internet and nothing going to be saved up. When you open the incognito window you will get the message display stating the same. Here is that message.

You’ve gone incognito. Pages you view in this window won’t appear in your browser history or search history, and they won’t leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close all open incognito windows. Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be preserved, however.

Google Chrome will not record anything you surfed in incognito mode. Your normal old window will run in  the background . When you want to browse normally just close the incognito window.

Enable Private Browsing in Mozilla Firefox

Open the Firefox menu located on the left top corner, written Firefox in orange color. Now click the “Start Private Browsing” option.

Firefox Start Private Browsing

Now you will notice that the orange color Firefox menu button changed to purple color.

Firefox  Private Browsing menu purple

To go back to normal browser window, click the “Stop Private Browsing” option in Firefox Menu. You will find the old tabs appear from where you left.

Firefox stop private browsing

Now you will find everything as it is, but there will be no history or cookies saved. Your activity in Private Browsing will remain private.

Enable InPrivate Browsing for Internet Explorer

Click on the “Tools” button, located on the top right corner as gear icon. Now a menu opens with some options. Now goto to Safety option and then a submenu will appear. Now click “InPrivate Browsing” option in the sub menu.

Internet Explorer Tools menu

A new window will open and you will see “InPrivate” icon on left side of address bar.

Internet Explorer InPrivate Browsing

Your old normal browser window will remain active in background. If you want to stop the InPrivate Browsing just close the new window.

In this way you can keep somethings secret when you surf on internet with Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. You don’t need to manually delete history, cookies or other browsing data.

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