Using Incognito or Private Web Browsing Windows

Cover your tracks on public and shared devices...

Many internet browsers today offer a useful feature for users who want to anonymise their online activities. This is generally known as “Incognito” or “Private” browsing, a feature which hides users online footprints including web browsing history, cookies, web caches etc..

Incognito browsing is a simple solution which allows you to ensure that your history remains private from other users. This is usefule when using shared devices such as internet cafe computers. By opening a new browsing window in private window mode, your browser will not activate additional web history tracking features associated with normal browser windows. You can therefore browse the web normally and privately. It also ensures the browser does not save cookies, searches, visited pages and temporary files. Simply closing the browser window will erase your session’s browsing history without leaving a trace.

Critical internet users should take advantage of private browsing especially when using third party devices. It is available on the majority of mainstream internet browsers including Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Internet Edge.

Firefox

To enable private browsing on Firefox:

1) Open Firefox normally.

2) Click on “File” (Mac) or Settings (Windows).

3) Click on “New Private Window”.

4) A new window will then open with private browsing enabled. In the top corner, check for the private browsing logo.

Safari

To enable private browsing on Safari:

1) Open Safari.

2) Click on “File”.

3) Click on “New Private Window”.

4) A new window will then open with private browsing enabled.

Chrome

To enable incognito browsing on Chrome:

Mac:

1) Open Chrome.

2) Click on “File”.

3) Click on “New Incognito Window”.

4) A new window will then open with incognito browsing enabled.

Windows:

1) On your computer, open Chrome.

2) At the top right, click “More”.

3) Click on “New Incognito Window”.

4) A new window will then open with incognito browsing enabled. In the top corner, check for the Incognito icon .

Browsing using private/incognito windows will prevent your online activities from being saved locally. This feature is also available on mobile devices including IOS and Android.

Incognito/Private Browsing on Mobile Devices

How to turn on private browsing using Safari on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Private browsing using Firefox on Android

Private browsing using Firefox on IOS

Private browsing using Chrome on Android

Private browsing using Chrome on IOS

Always remember to close the window after you have finished! Critical users should also be aware that simply using private web browsing on its own is unlikely to keep them safe and secure nor can it ensure absolute anonymity. Authorities and ISPs will still be able to track and spy on your work. Private browsing will simply help cover your browsing history from the next person using the device. For extra security, it is advisable to use a VPN to encrypt your connection.