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Tuesday, 27/07/2021

Private browsing is all the rage with browsers these days. Once you go into private browsing mode, you can traverse the internet without leaving a trail. Your  history? Deleted. Your cookies? Destroyed. Your bookmarks and non-private history? Preserved for when you come back to the surface. If you don't wanna know anyone that which sites you had visited than this option is far better than deleting the history with all other content.

Tip:This method is very useful for the ONLINE for BANKING USERS.

NOTE:Private Browsing does not make you anonymous on the Internet. Your internet service provider, employer, or the sites themselves can still track the pages you visit but their is no record on your browser.

What does Private Browsing not save?

  • Visited pages: No pages will be added to the list of sites in the History menu, the Library window's History list, or the Awesome Bar address list.
  • Form and Search Bar entries: Nothing you enter into text boxes on web pages or the Search bar will be saved for Form autocomplete.
  • Passwords: No new passwords will be saved.
  • Download List entries: No files you download will remain in the list in the Downloads window after you turn off Private Browsing.
  • Cookies: Cookies are file​s created ​by websites​ that​ store information ​on your​ computer​, such​ as your​ preferences ​when​ visiting​ a certain site​. These will​ not ​be stored. For more information on cookies, see Cookies.
  • Web cache files: No temporary Internet files or cached files from web pages will be saved until you turn off Private Browsing.

What does Private Browsing save?

 1) If you create new Bookmarks while using Private Browsing, they will not be removed when you stop Private Browsing.

2) If you save files to your computer while using Private Browsing, those files will not be deleted when you stop Private Browsing. However, any files you open in an external application will be cleared from the system's temporary folder, and none of the files you download will appear in the Downloads window list. 

Private Browsing in Major Browsers:  
Google Chrome   Firefox   Internet Explorer

Incognito mode (private browsing)

In Chrome for a private browsing Mode, A Window named Incongnito Window is used. In this Window you just browse normally like any other browsers and when you will close the window,History, Cookies, Passwords and all the contents except Bookmarks and Downloaded files are automatically deleted.

How to open an incognito window?

  1. Click the wrench icon tools menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select New incognito window

A new window will open with the incognito icon icon in the corner. You can continue browsing as normal in the other window.

Feature: If you Want to Open a link in Incognito window while when you were browsing in normal window, Just right click on the link and select "Open in a Incognito window" and it will open.(see the Snapshot below)


You can also use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) to open an incognito window.

Browsing in incognito mode only keeps Google Chrome from storing information about the websites you've visited. The websites you visit may still have records of your visit. Any files saved to your computer will still remain on your computer.

For example, if you sign into your Google Account on http://www.google.com while in incognito mode, your subsequent web searches are recorded in your Google Web History. In this case, to prevent your searches from being stored in your Google Account, you'll need to pause your Google Web History tracking.

How do I turn on Private Browsing?

To start a Private Browsing session:
  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox menu (Tools menu in Windows XP), and select Start Private Browsing
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  2. When you turn on Private Browsing, Firefox will alert you that it will save your current windows and tabs for after you finish using Private Browsing. Click on Start Private Browsing to continue.

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    • Put a check mark next to "Do not show this message again" if you do not want to receive this alert the next time you turn on Private Browsing.
  3. You will then enter Private Browsing mode, and the Private Browsing information screen will appear.Private Browsing Win3

When browsing in Private Browsing mode, the Firefox menu will be purple (for Windows XP the window title will say (Private Browsing) instead) during your session.

How do I turn off Private Browsing?

To end a Private Browsing session:
  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox menu (Tools menu in Windows XP), and select Stop Private Browsing.
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  2. The windows and tabs you were using when you enabled Private Browsing will appear, and you can use Firefox normally. The Firefox menu will turn orange again (for Windows XP the Firefox window title will no longer say(Private Browsing)) when Private Browsing is off.

Open IE’s Private Browsing Mode the Easy Way

Internet Explorer’s "private browsing” mode is an excellent way to hide what you’re looking at from prying eyes, but it’s normally hidden under a menu… but we can make it easier to access.

The Normal Way

To open an InPrivate Browsing window, you can either use the Ctrl+Shift+P shortcut key, or just use the Safety \ InPrivate Browsing item on the menu.


And you’ll immediately see a private browsing window, which will leave no traces of your browsing history. Useful!


The other thing that private browsing is useful for is checking your email on somebody else’s computer – no danger of cookies lying around letting them back into your email account once you’ve gone.

Windows 7 Makes it Really Simple

If you are using Windows 7, all you have to do is right-click on the icon in the taskbar and choose the InPrivate option. You can also click and hold the left mouse button on the icon, and slide your mouse up… the menu will pop up and you can choose it there.


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