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Anonymous Web Surfing

Activating Anonymous Web Surfing Mode in Your Favorite Browser

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The term anonymous Web surfing encompasses a wide array of precautions that Web surfers can take to ensure that their activity on the Web cannot be traced. Motives for anonymous Web surfing are plenty, with both privacy and safety at the forefront of many Internet users' minds. Whatever the inspiration for browsing anonymously may be, the bottom line is that many people want to avoid leaving tracks behind.

Proxy Servers for Anonymous Web Surfing

Anonymous Web surfing can involve utilizing firewalls and proxy servers to prevent those in the outside world from viewing Web surfing activity, including rogue individuals as well as Internet Service Providers and even the government. These types of anonymous Web surfing measures are commonly used in countries where access is limited as well as at the workplace or on campus.

Anonymous Web Surfing Within the Web Browser

For many Web surfers, however, anonymous Web surfing involves clearing their tracks from others who may have access to the same computer or mobile device that they're currently using. Most popular Web browsers offer ways to browse anonymously, with no history or other private data such as cache or cookies left behind at the end of your browsing session.

How to Activate Anonymous Web Surfing

The methods for activating this type of anonymous Web surfing differ across browsers, operating systems, and device types. The following step-by-step tutorials teach you how to browse anonymously in the browser of your choice.

Anonymous Web Surfing in Internet Explorer 9

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IE9 offers anonymous Web surfing in the form of its InPrivate Browsing mode, easily activated via the browser's Safety menu or through a simple keyboard shortcut. With InPrivate Browsing active, IE9 does not save any private data files such as cache and cookies. Browsing and search history are also wiped out while using anonymous Web surfing within Internet Explorer. This anonymous Web surfing tutorial steps you through the process.

Anonymous Web Surfing in Other Versions of IE

Anonymous Web Surfing in IE8

Anonymous Web Surfing in Google Chrome

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In Google Chrome, anonymous Web surfing can be achieved through the magic of Incognito Mode. While surfing the Web incognito, your history and other private data are not saved on your hard drive. Entering anonymous Web surfing mode in Chrome is easy to do, and our Windows tutorial shows you how it's done.

Anonymous Web Surfing in Other Versions of Chrome

Anonymous Web Surfing in Chrome for OS X

Anonymous Web Surfing in Firefox 3.6

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Anonymous Web surfing in Firefox involves utilizing Private Browsing mode, where sensitive items such as cookies and download history are never recorded locally. Activating Private Browsing is a simple process, and this anonymous Web surfing tutorial makes it even simpler for Windows users.

Anonymous Web Surfing in Other Versions of Firefox

Anonymous Web Surfing in Firefox 3.6 for OS X
Anonymous Web Surfing in Firefox 3.5 for Windows
Anonymous Web Surfing in Firefox 3.5 for OS X

Anonymous Web Surfing in Safari 5

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Anonymous Web surfing with Safari 5 can be accomplished by entering Private Browsing mode via the Action menu. While in Private Browsing mode all private data including browsing history and AutoFill information is not kept, ensuring an anonymous Web surfing experience. This graphical tutorial explains how to use Private Browsing mode in Safari 5 for Windows.

Anonymous Web Surfing in Other Versions of Safari

Anonymous Web Surfing in Safari 5 for OS X
Anonymous Web Surfing in Safari 4 for Windows

Anonymous Web Surfing in Opera 10.6

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Opera 10.6 allows you to enable anonymous Web surfing in your choice of a new tab or new window. Depending on your preference, the private tab or window can be accessed via the browser's Tabs and Windows menu or through a keyboard shortcut. Our anonymous Web surfing tutorial details privacy in Opera 10.6 for Windows.

Anonymous Web Surfing in Other Versions of Opera

Anonymous Web Surfing in Opera 10.6 for OS X

Anonymous Web Surfing in Flock 3

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Flock, also known as The Social Browser, includes a nifty feature called Stealth Mode which opens a new window in which anonymous Web surfing takes place. No private browsing data whatsoever is saved to your computer while in this mode. Activating anonymous Web surfing in Flock is quick and painless, and this tutorial explains it thoroughly.

Anonymous Web Surfing in Other Versions of Flock

Anonymous Web Surfing in Flock 3 for OS X

Anonymous Web Surfing on the iPad

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The iPad's default Safari browser does not offer a built-in feature for anonymous Web surfing. However, there are several alternative browsers available via the App Store which do offer this added level of privacy.

Anonymous Web Surfing With Perfect Browser

Perfect Browser is an iPad application that offers a plethora of features, including some unique to this app. One of these features is Private Mode, which gives iPad users the ability to browse anonymously.

Anonymous Web Surfing With Atomic Web Browser

Atomic Web Browser for the iPad offers a robust feature set normally reserved for desktop browsers. The main selling point lies in its full screen browsing mode, but it is the other functionality that really makes this app stand out from the pack. A key piece of this functionality is Atomic's Anonymous Web Surfing mode, which does not record private data and includes an optional passcode lock.

Anonymous Web Surfing on the iPhone and iPod touch

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The default Safari browser on the iPhone and iPod touch does not offer a built-in feature for anonymous Web surfing. However, there are several alternative browsers available via the App Store which do offer this added level of privacy on both devices.

Anonymous Web Surfing With PrivateWeb

PrivateWeb for the iPhone and iPod touch is a Web browser that deletes your cache, cookies, and browsing history each time you exit the application. Based on the same core components as Safari, PrivateWeb offers a basic yet anonymous Web surfing experience on your portable device.

Anonymous Web Surfing With Aquari Browser

Aquari Browser provides a secure browsing experience without sacrificing other functionality. Access to the application can be protected with an optional 4-digit passcode, giving you the ability to prevent others from accessing your bookmarks, history, and other configuration items. In addition to this secure access, Aquari also includes an anonymous Web surfing feature. When browsing in Incognito mode, your browsing and search history is never saved. Also, session cookies can be automatically wiped out each and every time you close the application.

Anonymous Web Surfing With iBrowse2

iBrowse2 gives you the ability to view two Web pages simultaneously by displaying them side by side. In addition to dual page viewing, this browser offers a number of desired components found in some of the most robust Safari alternatives. This includes an anonymous Web surfing mode in the event that you do not wish to save a record of where you have been.

Anonymous Web Surfing With Privately

Privately is a Web browser designed with your privacy in mind. Based on the same core components as Safari, Privately ensures that no tracks are left behind when you are finished surfing the Web. The addresses of any and all Web pages that you visit are instantly deleted when you press your device's Home button. Cookies downloaded by websites are automatically wiped out upon arrival. In addition, any keywords entered in the Google Search box are not recorded. All of this results in a true anonymous Web surfing experience on your iPhone or iPod touch.

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