A question often arises in our minds that what is private browsing or privacy mode. The answer to this question is very simple and that is private browsing refers to the surfing of web browsers without leaving any mark of your browsing history. This prevents people from knowing what you were browsing on the internet as this mode disables the browsing history and web cache features. Moreover, this mode also not let your browser to save cookies and search history. Every browser has its own way of enabling private browsing mode and the ways for enabling this mode for some of the most commonly used web browsers are given below.
Private Browsing Mode for Google Chrome
In case of Google Chrome, the private browsing mode is also known as Incognito. To enable Incognito in Google Chrome, you should perform the following steps:
Right click on the shortcut of Google Chrome and from the cascading menu, click on properties.
Write -incognito at the end of the Target text box.
Click OK to save these changes.
Now your Google Chrome will always open in Incognito mode unless you change it otherwise. To disable Incognito mode of Google Chrome, just remove -incognito from the Target text box and click OK.
Private Browsing Mode for Mozilla Firefox
In case of Mozilla Firefox, this mode is simply referred to as Private Browsing. To enable private browsing in Mozilla Firefox, perform the following steps:
Launch Firefox from its shortcut menu.
Click menu and then select Options to open it.
Then click on Privacy and Security tab.
Under the dropdown menu of History, select Never remember history. A message will be prompted to restart your Firefox.
After this, your Firefox browser will always open in Private Browsing mode unless you change these settings. To exit from Private Browsing Mode of Mozilla Firefox, just select Use Custom Settings for History under the History dropdown list.
Private Browsing Mode for Apple Safari
In case of Safari, this mode is just known as Private Browsing mode. To enable private browsing in Safari, proceed as follows:
Launch Safari from its shortcut.
From menu, click on Preferences.
In the General tab, select A new private window from the dropdown list of Safari Opens With.
Now, your Safari browser will always open in Private Browsing mode till you change its settings. To exit from Private Browsing mode of Safari, just select A New Window from the dropdown list of Safari Opens With.
Private Browsing Mode for Microsoft Edge
In case of Microsoft Edge, this mode is known as InPrivate Browsing. But unfortunately, Microsoft edge does not provide any way of always opening it in this mode as yet. Although it does provide a way of doing InPrivate Browsing, but as soon as you close your browser and reopen it, you’ll no longer be in InPrivate browsing mode. To enable InPrivate Browsing for a particular session, you need to perform the following steps:
Launch Microsoft edge from its shortcut.
Click on its menu.
Select New InPrivate Window.
Now, you’re all set to use InPrivate Browsing mode as long as your current browsing session is retained as already mentioned earlier. Whenever you’ll open a new window, you’ll automatically escape out of InPrivate Browsing mode of Microsoft Edge.
Private Browsing Mode for Internet Explorer
In case of Internet Explorer, this mode is also known as InPrivate Browsing. To enable this mode in Internet Explorer, you need to follow the steps mentioned below:
Right click on the shortcut of Internet Explorer and from the cascading menu, click on properties.
Write -private at the end of the Target text box.
Click OK to save these changes.
Now your Internet Explorer will always open in InPrivate Browsing mode unless you change it otherwise. To disable InPrivate Browsing mode of Internet Explorer, just remove the –private word from the Target text box and click OK to save the changes.
By using private browsing mode of any browser, you are able to make your browser not to save the login IDs, passwords, search histories, website preferences and much more. But this feature only lets you hide your browsing history on your own local machine i.e. you can prevent others from knowing what you were surfing on internet merely by looking at the search history of your machine but your browsing history can still be obtained by using your IP address and its link to the web server. Private browsing can both be constructive and destructive. For example, by browsing privately, you can prevent hackers from breaking into your account by stealing your passwords. But on the same side, this feature enables criminals to perform crimes secretly and remove all the proofs. Rather there will be no proofs saved in the first place. Someone has very rightly said that “Technology is an innovation between good and evil. It’s up to us whether we use it to build or to destroy.”