While you use the Internet, your browser stores information about your steps and activity. This data is stored in the browsing history, cache files and cookies as well as the downloaded files’ history. On the one hand, this is convenient since you do not need to enter all your data (login, password, email address, etc.) every time you visit a site. On the other hand, this data can be hacked by malefactors; in fact, anyone who uses your computer can see your history and all your online activity. If you want to browse incognito and keep all your history private, you can use a private browser.
What is the incognito browser?
The incognito window of the browser allows you to surf the Internet without saving information about the websites you visit, files you downloaded, search queries, logins etc. The only tracks you leave are saved by your bookmarks and browser settings. Please note: the private web browser does not make you anonymous in online mode. All the pages you visited can be seen by your internet service provider (ISP) and your IP address can be seen by website owners. If you want to be completely anonymous on the internet, read our previous article How to change your IP address.
Today, almost all browsers provide a built-in private browsing mode. Currently, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and most popular browsers support incognito searches. So, let’s see how to enable private online activity.
How to turn on private browsing
Safari private browsing
- Open the Safari browser.
- Go to the Menu → File → select New Private Window or use the key shortcut Command+Shift+N.
Chrome incognito browsing
- Open the Google Chrome browser.
- Go to the Menu → File → New Incognito Window or click the “3 dots” icon in the right top corner and select the private window from there.
Firefox private browsing
- Open the Firefox browser.
- Click the 3-bar icon in the top right corner of the window and select New Private Window. You can also use the shortcut Command+Shift+P.
Opera incognito tab
- Open the Opera Browser.
- Go to the Menu → File → select New Private Window or use the shortcut Command+Shift+New.
Opera also provides a built-in VPN. In a private window click the VPN button → Enable VPN. The blue VPN icon will show that you are visiting websites through the VPN tunnel. You can choose the VPN server of any one of five countries: Germany, Netherlands, Canada, the United States and Singapore.
Once again, if you use the private mode, it does not hide your internet activity. Your Internet service provider and the system administrator can see what websites you’ve visited, and all your logs and passwords will be saved. If you are looking for a completely private and safe way of browsing on the internet, you should use a VPN. Try for free VPN Client which provides 90+ VPN servers and allows you to secure all your online data. Also read our previous article 7 reasons why you need to use the VPN.