How to Activate Private Browsing in Google Chrome

Safari and Firefox in Mac OSX have something called private browsing. In Google Chrome, it’s called opening an incognito window.

This is Google Chrome in normal browsing mode. You can turn on private browsing in Google Chrome to keep it from storing your browsing history.

Google Chrome runs on Intel Macs running OSX Leopard or later. In incognito mode, Google Chrome does not store your browsing history or your search history. Temporary files, cookies, and download history aren’t kept either. They should all be gone after you’ve closed your browser (except for downloaded files should still be on your computer unless you manually delete them).

Incognito browsing is pretty handy if you are using a shared computer and you don’t want other people to see what sites you have visited.

Say you are shopping for a gift for a family member and you don’t want that person to see what where you’ve been doing your online shopping.

Learn more about private browsing (also called “porn mode”) after the jump.

Activating private browsing in Google Chrome is easy and can be done in a few steps.

  1. Click on the wrench icon in the upper-right corner of Google Chrome
  2. Select New Incognito Window

To Open an Incognito Window in Google Chrome, first click on the wrench icon in the upper right corner of Chrome.

A new Google Chrome window will open to a page saying that “you’ve gone incogito.”

This is how Google Chrome looks like when you first open an Incognito Window.

Using private browsing gives you a certain amount of protection. But the protection provided by activating privacy mode does not guarantee absolute protection. Cnet, for instance, warns that even with private browsing enabled, you and your computer could still fall victim to “determined attackers.”

If you worry about being hacked, you may want to read one of the following articles:

Google has something to say:

For more articles on Google Chrome

Let me hear know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  8. The private browsing mode is not private at all. Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer all have private browsing modes you can use to make sure the websites you visit don’t appear in your browsing history, but a list of the URLs you have visited during private browsing sessions are still stored in a database file, viewable by anyone using your computer who wants to take the time to access it.

    One can just use parental control features to view the sites that may be hidden. For example, Microsoft Family Safety will report web site history regardless of the browser settings. For more tech-savvy people, checking the DNS cache does the trick.
    The private browsing mode is not private at all. If you completely want to remove all the traces, use AntiTrail software and that’s it

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