Safari and Firefox in Mac OSX have something called private browsing. In Google Chrome, it’s called opening an incognito window.
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.
- Click on the wrench icon in the upper-right corner of Google Chrome
- Select New Incognito Window
A new Google Chrome window will open to a page saying that “you’ve gone incogito.”
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.”
- Read Cnet’s “Porn Mode” Not Necessarily Anonymous
If you worry about being hacked, you may want to read one of the following articles:
- If you are a Mac user, you may want to read this article from Ehow: How to Protect Mac Computers
- If you want to protect your PC from being hacked, here’s an extensive article on PC World: Make Your PC Hacker-Proof
Google has something to say:
- For Google’s own explanation on incognito browsing on Google Chrome
For more articles on Google Chrome
- Check Dictionary Definition of a Word in Google Chrome and Safari in Mac OSX
- Stop Google Chrome from Opening Automatically on Startup
- How to Cycle through Google Chrome Tabs Using a Keyboard Shortcut
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