Privacy mode or “private browsing“, sometimes informally referred to as “porn mode“, is a term that refers to privacy features in some web browsers. Historically speaking, web browsers store information such as browsing history, images, videos and text within cache. In contrast, privacy mode can be enabled so that the browser does not store this information for selected browsing sessions. This allows a person to browse the Web without storing local data that could be retrieved at a later date. Privacy mode will also disable the storage of data in cookies and Flash cookies. It is of note that this offers virtually no privacy protection beyond the local level. For example, it is still possible to identify frequented websites by associating the IP address with the user on the server end.
|April 29, 2005||Safari 2.0||Private Browsing|
|December 11, 2008||Google Chrome 1.0||Incognito|
|March 19, 2009||Internet Explorer 8||InPrivate Browsing|
|June 30, 2009||Mozilla Firefox 3.5||Private Browsing|
|March 2, 2010||Opera 10.50||Private Tab / Private Window|
The new advanced features in Safari make it an even better place to explore the web. Safari searches even smarter so you’ll find web pages faster. It shows you all your open tabs in a great new way. Straight from Safari, you can tweet web pages, post them to Facebook, or share them via Mail or Messages. And with even more features, browsing is just the beginning.
Turn on Private Browsing
- While browsing a webpage using Safari, choose Safari > Private Browsing.
- When you see a confirmation message, click OK. A Private button appears in the address field to indicate that private browsing is on.
To skip the confirmation message, hold down the Option key while you choose Private Browsing.
Turn off Private Browsing
- While browsing a webpage using Safari, choose Safari > Private Browsing (so the checkmark disappears), or click the Private button in the address field.
- Close any Safari windows you used to view private information. If you don’t close the windows, other users can view those pages using the Back and Forward buttons.
- If you downloaded any items from websites, Private Browsing only removes the names of the items you downloaded from the Downloads window. To get rid of the items themselves, delete them from your computer.