This tutorial was last updated on October 20, 2013.
As we surf the Web, remnants of where we've been and what we've done are left behind by the browser on our device's hard drive. This includes browsing history, cache, cookies, saved passwords and more. These data components are utilized by IE11 to enhance future browsing sessions in a litany of ways, including faster load times and pre-populated Web forms. With these conveniences, however, comes inherent privacy and security risks - especially when browsing on devices other than your own. If the wrong party were to get their hands on this potentially sensitive data, it could be exploited to your detriment.
IE11 offers InPrivate Browsing, which ensures that private data is not stored at the end of your browsing session. While enabled, this incognito style of traversing the Web ensures that no cookies, Temporary Internet Files (also known as cache), or other private data components are left behind on your hard drive. Your browsing history, saved passwords and autofill form information are also permanently deleted at the close of your browsing session.
This tutorial describes how to activate InPrivate Browsing, and also goes into detail on the types of privacy it provides from a browsing data standpoint.
First, open your IE11 browser.