In December 2008, Google Chrome introduced Incognito Mode about three months later after Google’s web browser has released. The feature meant to help people hide their browsing behaviors that didn’t want other people to see. Chrome History and cookies can be a track record of what site has been visited. The privacy concern is a common reason why developers laid down the similar ability to their browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, and Edge.
Talking in general, Incognito Mode or private mode (the name depends on what browser you use) engineered to not record your history, cookies, and site information. Once other people using the same device, they will not able to see previous activities.
If you looking to kept secret your privacy and browsing anonymously, try the private mode on the following popular browsers below.
How to Activate Incognito Mode in Google Chrome
To enable Incognito Mode in Google Chrome, click the three-vertical-dots icon on the upper-right corner of browser window. Next, select New incognito window or simply by pressing keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+N simultaneously.
During the private window mode, Chrome won’t save browsing history, cookies, site data, and any information you entered in forms. Meanwhile, website and network provider still able to track you. Also, the non-HTTPS site can easily be hacked by someone and could peek what you are doing. Despite the activities will be faded when the private mode closed, bookmarks and files you have downloaded through it will remain. If you let Chrome’s extension run in Incognito Mode, the system cannot prevent intended extension to record your browsing history and activity.
How to Activate Private Browsing in Mozilla Firefox
This second largest browser has also added the similar ability to Chrome. To activate Private Browsing on Firefox, click the three-horizontal-lines and select New Private Window or simply by keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+P.
Firefox has better privacy concern so far. The latest version offers Tracking Protection which basically prevents any website with tracker resources to record user’s activity during the session. The website list itself gathered from Disconnect.me but you can add a new site that has not covered yet manually. Like Google Chrome, Firefox Private Browsing will save your bookmarks and downloads.
How to Activate InPrivate Mode in Microsoft Edge
Microsoft has a more unique name instead of Incognito or Private, they named it InPrivate. Enabling InPrivate Window is pretty easy, click the three-horizontal-dots icon on the upper-right corner of the browser, then select New InPrivate window. Please note that larger portion of Edge’s features is not available in the isolated mode.
Microsoft Edge as the reincarnation of Internet Explorer rolling out to the market in 2015 for Windows 10. We know early born Edge has extremely minimal treasure but thanks for the team behind it who continuing the development progress until the InPrivate Window available for the public since the end of 2017. Unlike other browsers, Microsoft Edge will save the cache and cookies which useful during the private mode, but it will eventually be discarded when you close the window.
How to Activate Private Mode in Opera
Run the newest version of Opera on the desktop computer, click the Opera icon on the upper-left corner of the window, and select New private window or press CTRL+SHIFT+N shortcut to open it instantly.
Opera still manage as the most acclaimed browser today. Despite its has plumed down especially on the desktop market, the development still continues. Opera has added extra privacy options called Virtual Private Network (VPN) with no cost. Any websites you visit on the Private mode can’t precisely track you due to random PING from many countries. VPN has also given advantages to access a blocked site and make your surfing activity more secure.
How to Activate InPrivate Browsing on Internet Explorer
Microsoft has deployed InPrivate mode to Internet Explorer, which similar to Edge browser. First, run the Internet Explorer, the latest version is highly recommended. Click the gears icon at the upper-right corner. Hover the pointer to Safety and select InPrivate Browsing. You always able to run it by combining CTRL+SHIFT+P shortcut key.
It almost dies but actually, it’s far from dying. In fact, based on the analytic by Net Market Share, Internet Explorer holds three times larger in terms of a user rather than Microsoft Edge (data collected 6/15/2018). Sad, but true. No one can replace the legend of a web browser. The InPrivate Browsing on IE was basically same with Edge browser. It comes with Do Not Track, Pop-up Blocker, and Tracking Protection when the private mode is running.
How to Activate Incognito Mode on UC Browser
Run the UC Browser on desktop PC, on the upper-right corner of the window, click the three-horizontal-lines icon to open the menu. Once it opened, select Incognito to activate it. Surprisingly, the browser has an additional shortcut for it by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+N.
UC Browser is a clone of Chrome delivers handy options particularly if you wanted to save more bandwidth. The browser has a fragment of the base user but it still regarded as one of the most popular browsers when you talking in Chinese region. The browser allowing you to open Incognito mode by default when the browser starts running. While bookmarks and downloaded files are saved, history and cookies will be disposed of.
How to Activate Incognito Mode on Safari
Launch the Safari browser, whether it’s on Mac or Windows, click the gears icon which located at the upper-right corner of the window, and select Private Browsing. Safari may ask you to turn browser mode, click OK to continue.
Instead of showing a separated window, Safari will continue with current window and convert it into Private Browsing. You may notice the differences alongside the address bar. Safari doesn’t remember the pages you visit, AutoFill information, and search history.