Private Web Browsing

There may be times you wish to employ “Private Browsing” in your web browser. You may not want your browser to track your browsing history or maybe to not have certain cookies saved. Or perhaps you do not want those ads that are customized to you appearing in your browser window. If this is you, here is how to implement “Private Browsing”.


Google Chrome Incognito

Google Chrome calls it’s Private Browsing feature “Incognito.” You start a Private Browsing window in the File Menu:

Incognito

Chrome produces a window like so:

IncognitoVerbage

Now, it is very, very important to READ THE SMALL PRINT!! Yes, Private Browsing does not keep your browsing history. It does not allow Cookies to be set while you are Private Browsing. It does not retain your Search History.

However
, the second paragraph on this screen is crucial. Give it a read. Private Browsing does NOT make you invisible to your employer, they can see your browsing through their servers. Private Browsing does NOT hide your browsing from your ISP (Internet Service Provider). If someone can get to their servers (search warrant?) they can see your browsing history. Private Browsing does NOT make you invisible to the website you are visiting.

To become pretty much totally invisible to all these entities you need to run a VPN (Virtual Private Network). I have mentioned this in a previous article. I am thinking about doing a VPN, so I may have articles on it in the future.

Safari Private Window

Just wanted to cover how Safari handles Private Browsing real quick. Safari calls Private Browsing “Private Window”. You access it under the File Menu:

PrivateWindow

When you select Private Window Safari gives you this message at the top of the browser window:

SafariPrivate

As you can see it says about the same thing Google Chrome does, at least in the first paragraph.

Conclusion

So, if you are using Private Browsing at times it does protect you somewhat. However, if you want real security then a VPN may be in your future.