The term private Internet browsing encompasses a wide array of precautions that Web surfers can take to ensure that their activity on the Web cannot be traced. Motives for private Internet browsing 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 Private Internet Browsing
Private Internet browsing 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 private Internet browsing measures are commonly used in countries where access is limited as well as at the workplace or on campus.
Private Internet Browsing Within the Web Browser
For many Web surfers, however, private Internet browsing 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 Private Internet Browsing
The methods for activating this type of private Internet browsing 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.
IE9 offers private Internet browsing 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 private Internet browsing within Internet Explorer. This private Internet browsing tutorial steps you through the process.
Private Internet Browsing in Other Versions of IE
In Google Chrome, private Internet browsing 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 private Internet browsing mode in Chrome is easy to do, and our Windows tutorial shows you how it's done.
Private Internet Browsing in Other Versions of Chrome
Private Internet browsing 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 private Internet browsing tutorial makes it even simpler for Windows users.
Private Internet Browsing in Other Versions of Firefox
Private Internet browsing 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 private Internet browsing experience. This graphical tutorial explains how to use Private Browsing mode in Safari 5 for Windows.
Private Internet Browsing in Other Versions of Safari
Opera 10.6 allows you to enable private Internet browsing 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 private Internet browsing tutorial details privacy in Opera 10.6 for Windows.
Private Internet Browsing in Other Versions of Opera
Flock, also known as The Social Browser, includes a nifty feature called Stealth Mode which opens a new window in which private Internet browsing takes place. No private browsing data whatsoever is saved to your computer while in this mode. Activating private Internet browsing in Flock is quick and painless, and this tutorial explains it thoroughly.
Private Internet Browsing in Other Versions of Flock
The iPad's default Safari browser does not offer a built-in feature for private Internet browsing. However, there are several alternative browsers available via the App Store which do offer this added level of privacy.
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.
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 Private Internet Browsing mode, which does not record private data and includes an optional passcode lock.
The default Safari browser on the iPhone and iPod touch does not offer a built-in feature for private Internet browsing. However, there are several alternative browsers available via the App Store which do offer this added level of privacy on both devices.
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 private Internet browsing experience on your portable device.
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 private Internet browsing 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.
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 private Internet browsing mode in the event that you do not wish to save a record of where you have been.
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 private Internet browsing experience on your iPhone or iPod touch.