How to Browse Privately with Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera

Ever since privacy has become a concern on the Web, people have started devising ways to make their browsing and surfing more secure. A good approach is to use what’s known as ‘private browsing’. The idea is simple: When you browse the web using a web browser, some data is transferred to your computer, known as internet cache (this might include cookies, temporary files, etc), and some data is stored in your internet browser as well (including browsing history, auto-filled forms, saved passwords).

When you finish browsing, all this temporary data often stays in your computer until it is replaced by new browsing cache. But sometimes, you don’t want browsing data to be cached, probably when you’re on a public computer and don’t want your browsing session to be recorded. Or the reverse, may be when you’re afraid of letting someone use your computer because your accounts are logged in and you haven’t logged out. You can simply use a private browsing session.

  • In Internet Explorer, press Ctrl + Shift + P to start an ‘In-Private Browsing’ session.
  • You can do the similar process with Firefox. Press Ctrl + Shift + P for browsing privately.
  • Chrome’s private browsing mode is called ‘Incognito’. Press Ctrl + Shift + N to turn it on.
  • Opera also works the same way. Press Ctrl + Shift + N to turn private browsing on.
  • In Safari (on a Mac), press Control + Option + P to enter private browsing mode.
  • You can also turn on private browsing in Safari on iOS by going into settings> Safari, and turn ‘Private Browsing’ to ‘On’.

There is another really effective way of browsing privately and anonymously, using the Tor Browser ( It is something more than just private browsing. It dual-encrypts your browsing session so that you remain completely anonymous online. Now that you know how to have a completely private browsing session, you can be stress-free regarding your privacy.

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